Finding Your Story, Your Purpose & Your Compass

Ian Sanders delivered a great talk at a Do Lectures conference back in 2015.

The title of the talk “Finding Your Story, Your Purpose & Your Compass“.

It’s emotional, talks about dreams, passions and “just being YOU”. Plus I get a little mention too which I’m grateful for.

The talk got me really thinking whom I wanted to be and what I wanted to do at the ages of 8 -10  and 15-17 and where I’m know. I’m still processing the results because I’m quite shocked in very positive sense.

Conquering your fear

Discussing fear is somewhat a new area that I haven’t covered on this blog before.

This week I wanted to share very informative how-to guide on conquering your fear by Brian Johson.

There are three steps to this process:

  1. Start by breathing and relaxing
  2. Think of the obstacles and then shift to the excitement that sits on the other end of fear
  3. Breath again imaging the awesome result you want

Then move into action.

Sounds simple and when you look from the distance it’s definitely is simple. The key is to remember these three little steps when you’re faced with some sort of fear.

A quote about triumph

I like reading biographies and interviews where people talk about their carries and successes and struggles in achieving what they have and who they are.  I came across below quote when reading and interview with Mary Jo Bang on 99 percent site.

everything, before it becomes easy, is a triumph. And some things never become easy—and in that case, simply continuing to do them is a triumph.

It’s good reminder that at he beginning everything is difficult and making even the slightest progress is success.


Guest Post: How to accomplish any project

Note: This is a guest post by Ivan Hernadez


Everything you do in life is a project. Everything!

Taking care of your bills? … project
Going on holidays? … project
Any deal with your Clients? … project
All the work-related stuff you do at the office? … project
Your career? … project


So … I suggest you to get (very) good at managing and accomplishing projects.

Here below is a brief and simple explanation of what I have learned from people such as Seth Godin, Tom Peters, Scott Belsky and others.

How to accomplish any project

  1. Set the deadline, or in other words the “D-Day”.

    "How to accomplish any project"

  2. Once you have the deadline established, identify all the important things that must be done in order to be able to accomplish the big/scary/challenging project on “D-Day”. Then break-down the big/scary/challenging project into smaller chunks containing all those critical actions that must be done and set milestones.

    "How to accomplish any project"

  3. Now that you have your milestones established, you don’t need to worry about having to deal with a big/scary/challenging project. You just have to focus on putting all your energy and effort into accomplishing the next milestone.

    "How to accomplish any project"

  4. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    "How to accomplish any project"

  5. On D-Day, regardless of what is the actual status of your progress …. you ship. No last minute extensions, no excuses. You deliver.

    "How to accomplish any project"

  6. Feel good. You are officially an achiever. Now go and get another cool / challenging / scary project.

    "How to accomplish any project"


About Ivan: Ivan Hernandez is an entrepreneur, educator, keynote speaker and business consultant. He’s a passionate social media evangelist. You can read his writing on his personal site Ivan Hernadez or follow on twitter @IvanHernandez_.

Weekly Links 2nd May

A collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. Guest Post – Managing Content w/ a Dashboard Pt. 1
  2. The Two Types of Procrastination
  3. If It Won’t Fit On A Post-It, It Won’t Fit In Your Day
  4. What Are Your High Value Activities?
  5. How to Harness the Power of Momentum

If you have any interesting articles please share them in the comments section.

Top down or bottom up approach?

IMG_2739Top down and bottom up are two basic ways of approaching personal productivity and getting more organized.

In first approach, you start from thinking out your life’s purpose, major and smaller goals then you move to projects and lastly to actions. Once you’ve clarified your purpose and goal you have a picture of where you want to go, so now is the time to plan out the steps. Also every decision you’re faced with can be screened against the purpose. If the request matches to your purpose than it’s potentially worth doing but if it’s not aligned than there is no point in doing it.

In the second approach, you look at the stuff you have around you, right here and now. As you progress through your current commitments, you can start to look where they lead in terms of the bigger picture. Once the projects are under control you can review the wider context of where they lead and whether the result is one you want. As you gradually build that picture, it’s becoming easier and easier to make the decision about which things should be moved forward and which should be retired.

The main critique of the top down approach is that it’s doesn’t deal well with day to day stuff. The kind of things that need to be done but really don’t fit into your goals. Other element is that it’s fairly difficult to come up with the master plan for life in one sitting. For majority of people this most likely will be a lengthy process.

On the opposite, the bottom up approach is criticized for not providing clear direction of where things should be going. It’s like stacking a ladder against the wrong wall, you’ll get to the top bit is the top you wanted?

Regardless of your view on which is better you can use them both whenever the situation requires. Let me analyse two scenarios to show you how this works.

Scenario 1
You’ve been working on different projects but overtime, enthusiasm faltered and things are not moving as well as before. There is a growing disconnect with current situation and whatever option you consider none looks enticing.

This is a prime example where top down thinking can help. Spending some time thinking and analysing the situation in the bigger context can bring more clarity and direction. Consider your position and see what are the goals you’re aiming at, check whether what you’ve been doing is in line with them. If it isn’t, you know where to start. Delete, eliminate, cut out.

Scenario 2
You’re swapped with countless tasks and there seem to be not end on that tunnel. As soon as you complete one there are three or four more new coming in. With the flood of new stuff and piles of old there isn’t any place to go.

If you want to solve above than bottom up approach would suit best. Before thinking of goals and life’s purpose start with the ground work. Review all off those items. Decide which require action and which are simple FIY. Go through all of them and don’t skip. Once done pick the first item and start working.

Different situations require different tools and approaches. Our life’s situation changes on very regular basis so sticking with ideas that were relevant six months ago may not be the best choice especially if your situation has moved dramatically.

Use these approaches to your advantage and make progress.