Quitter: The next steps

The Quitter Conference – September 2012 is over.  Now the real work begins.

QuitterOpening Thoughts

The conference was filled with so much profound insight that I’m struggling to wrap my head around it.  I have gained clarity, vision, and hope.

That is not to say that hope wasn’t there before.  It just kept getting beaten down in the battle for average.  I don’t want to be average.  There’s enough average.

We heard several speakers talk about their journeys — Al Andrews, Matt Chambers, Jeff Goins, Alli Worthington, and Jon Acuff.  They all fought against average and won.  The trick is to start.

I have been writing this blog for about a year and a half.  I still felt like I was just starting.  I kept comparing myself to people who have been at it for a lot longer than I have.  People who have tribes of hundreds of thousands.

I have a tribe of a couple hundred.  Thanks to all of you for being a part my tribe.  That’s a couple hundred more than when I started.  I had zero.  I’m no longer just starting.  I have a long way to go, but I’m not just starting.

I have grown in so many ways since May, 2011 — All because I started.  It would be a shame to stop now.  There’s no telling how far we can go!

The Next Steps

Over the next several weeks, I’m going to feature some of the highlights of the Quitter Conference.  Anything that made an impact on me.  These posts will come out on Thursdays.

I discovered that I really am doing what I need to be doing right now.  I am rededicating myself to the projects that I’ve been working on.  I’m going to create space to get things done.  It’s time to be productive!

Punch List

  • Create a dedicated work space — I’m way too distracted where I normally do my work at home.  I have intended to build the “Cloffice” for a while now.  It’s time to get it done.  By the way, the “Cloffice” is a small closet off of our laundry room that has room for a small work surface, some shelves, and a chair.
  • Plan my work ahead of time.  I never seem to make time to do the small nagging tasks that aren’t urgent, but are still important.  Again, it’s time to get it done.
  • Spend time working on new projects.  I have a few ideas that I would like to work on, but haven’t given them room to grow.

The Problem With Obvious

Lastly, watch this short video from Derek Sivers.  It explains a universal truth that gets me every time.

What’s holding you back from getting started?

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  • http://bluecollarliving.com/ James Dibben

    Way to stay after it, Raun!

    I’m so glad you got to attend the conference.

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    Awesome! Keep taking steps forward. Looking forward to following your journey!

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    So am I. It was worth every penny. I have a much clearer picture of where I’m trying to go, which is priceless!

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    Thanks Tammy! It was great to meet you and I can only imagine where this new understanding and new friends will take me!

    Thanks for sharing your great visual notes from the conference! (http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/2012/09/27/stepping-outside-of-my-comfort-zone/)