So, on most weeks I send out helpful advice about writing, getting published and selling more books…
Well . . . today is a bit different.
I want to pull back the curtain a little bit and share something more personal.
I was recently out celebrating my 40th birthday (old, I know!). As the celebrations progressed I was asked, “Do you like your birthday?” I smiled at the question. This particular group of friends didn’t know (yet) about the strong feelings I have about my birthday. This got me thinking about how I should share some of this with you.
You will see why as you read further.
All my closest friends know that I think of my birthday as my own personal New Year (well it is in January). I always celebrate my birthday, even if I don’t like how fast life is going and how quickly I am getting older.
I think of it as a time of letting go, changing and expansion.
I think about my past year and what I want to change, do and accomplish in my new year, personally and professionally. My friends laugh with me and at me, they celebrate with me and they may not always admit it . . . but I think I get them to think about their “New Year” also.
Here are just a few examples of past goals . . .
- Places to travel (We returned to Malta after an absence that was too long.)
- Losing some weight (Still going well!)
- Trying a new sport (Didn’t work, I like soccer too much.)
- Working less, more family time.
- Better planning (I am now a Getting Things Done advocate.)
- Write more (I had two books out last year.)
. . . and the list goes on.
Some big goals and some small, but all with the intention of creating something new.
Anyway, since this year WAS a “big number” year, it felt hugely different.
I’ve found myself having BIG paradigm shifts in my life and the way I look at the business.
You may be asking, “Gary, why are you telling us this now?”
What I didn’t tell you is that I made this year about YOU!
As many of you have noticed, I am revamping the way we do business (book proposal course) and am focusing on what YOU have told me over the years that you would like to see us offer or address. Hence, the blog, the weekly newsletter, the free book proposal course, the live chat, the one-to-one help I have been providing and many, many phone and Skype calls..
There’s still more to come! I am always interested to know what you wish for me to provide, so keep the ideas coming!
But…(the infamous “But”)…
There is one REALLY BIG request you have made that I’ve been holding back on– for YEARS, despite many of your pleadings and outcries.
I’m contemplating changing my mind and giving you what you’ve been asking for since, like, the beginning of time.
But I’m nervous because it means sharing with you more of myself and BubbleCow than I have in the past.
And I’m also going to need your help.
Anyway, that REALLY BIG request is . . . . (stay tuned until next time)
P.S. I’ll be back with more details in a couple of days. But until then, tell me in the comments where you’re headed this year. Any goals for your personal “New Year”? Does anyone else do this nonsense?
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