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Inspiration Day

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Today I finally caught up on my SparkPeople emails, so I went to my Steve Pavlina emails and tried to get through them. They are article-heavy, so it takes quite a bit of time to read each one. The ones I've been reading are for his "passive income series."

Anyway, he is talking about creating passive income, which is income that you don't have to spend an inordinate amount of time on, like rental income, or royalties. I just started reading it because it was in the email he sent me; I'd never considered passive income. I'm pretty satisfied with my field and enjoy the interactions I have with people as I work for "active income."

So I started to get a little sucked in; I mean, passive income sounds like a lot of fun, like, you don't have to get up and schlep to work. Checks just, like, come in the mail. How cool is that?

So he says you must set a passive income goal, and then you have to build in consequences for not meeting your goal, so I wrote down this very tiiiiiny passive income goal, but then he wanted me to build in consequences, and I realized my heart really wasn't in it. I didn't want to be the person he referred to in this blog: www.stevepavlina.com/blo
g/2012/04/set-your-passive
-income-goal/
, reading for entertainment's sake or looking for information to apply later. He didn't seem to appreciate those readers, but that's really what I am. I mean, if you look at the dates on these articles, you'll see that I wasn't exactly hanging on to his every word and waiting with bated breath for his next installment.

So I was reading this article: www.stevepavlina.com/blo
g/2012/05/commit-to-your-p
assive-income-goal/
, and I don't really want to focus on passive income right now (which is OKAY). But I realized that I could use many of the things he is saying to create a skinnier BeatleTot as well. The article spoke to me in a lot of ways, like with the sticky notes in places you'll see them idea. I find this idea cheesy and didn't see how it could work, until I read, "Even if I don’t acknowledge it consciously, my subconscious mind will be exposed to this goal repeatedly."

And: "Many people lose sight of their new goals within a week after setting them. They get sucked into various distractions, and the goal doesn’t take root. To prevent your goal from fizzling out, you have to keep giving it some attention, just as you would keep watering a plant."

Two very good reasons to put my goal out there.

An argument for creating consequences: "if you’re not willing to do anything of the sort, then how committed are you really? If you’re committed to your goal, then it shouldn’t be a big deal to line up some extra sting for failure."

He also suggests "positive stress," such as, "You can do a lot with a short status update on your favorite social media site, such as by promising a negative consequence if you fail to achieve your goal by your deadline."

And finally, says, "If you decide to skip this step, my honest expectation is that you will fail to achieve your goal. If you make it easy and safe to fail, you probably will."

It's something I have to give a bit of thought. Any stings for failure you guys have to suggest, I'm open to them. I am going to set a goal for myself beginning December 3rd, after my husband leaves me alone in Indiana. I'm going to be in a new environment with the only distractions being new ones I allow in. It's like putting the toothpaste back in the tube or horses back in the barn or whatever such idiom means it's harder to improve things than to just have them be right in the first place. So be on the lookout...a goal is forming quickly in my mind, and I'm going to post it in short order!

And check him out. He's good.
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MIWOLFF 11/25/2012 10:11AM

    Thanks for sharing... loved the perspective, particularly if you make it to easy and comfortable for yourself to fail. I need to remember that!

Mary

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DONNACFIT 11/24/2012 5:53PM

    Thanks for sharing..good luck on all your new ventures...when it comes to the sting of not meeting a goal..my scale really "bites"

I'll have to check out the link..lots of great inspiration in your blog!

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