I put this blog into hibernation about 4 months ago. At the time, I felt like most of the posts were also appropriate for Management Craft, which has a lot more readers. And I needed a break, I think.
Well, I am back with posts focused on breakthroughs, development, success, and other variations of forward leaps. Is anyone still out there?
I'd like to start by reminding readers - and myself - about a practice that I used to do every week but that has slipped off my radar for too long. It's called unreasonable requests. Fellow blogger Curt Rosengren wrote about my habit here.
Honestly, I have not made unreasonable requests for a while - and this shows in my results (or lack of results). Today I got reinvigorated and started my practice back up. I began with several requests for new podcast guests - I aimed big and have already gotten two YESes. Making big requests really does work! I also have my mind set on making some big requests in the next 48 hours in the areas of career, leisure, and partnership. I'll keep you updated on the results.
When making big requests, timing is important. There are two lessons in this statement. First, try to curb your eagerness if you are very impatient (I am VERY impatient). Giving something a wee bit more time is often best. I have a situation that has been brewing right now that I an itching to close but I know that if I give it another one or two weeks, the outcome will likely be better.
Second, don't be shy to repeat a request at a different time. I made a few requests today that I had made before but the timing was bad. So far, one yes!
The most important aspect of making big requests is to go BIG and then be thrilled with any YESes you get. Don't get bummed out about the NOs.
My request for you. I would guess that only a few people will still have this blog on their reading list. Help me bring it back by posting a link on your blog or sending a link in an email to 10 friends. THANKS!
As you will read in an upcoming post, 2007 is the year of the breakthrough, so there will be lots going on at this blog. Thanks for tuning in!