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Behind the scenes of writing a weekly letter.

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Where’s letter V?

Well…I’ve taken a few weeks off from publishing a letter to spend more time on bringing a few thoughts and ideas together.

I’ve also been struggling to find a flow in a few topics that I’ve been writing about. I’ve been writing every day, but nothing feels quite ready for a letter. It’s frustrating, but it’s part of my process.

So, after 4 weeks of sending out a letter on a weekly basis, I’ve learned how much work I want to put into these letters, and maybe I won’t always been in a position to send a letter every single week.

That being said, I think there’s a little perfectionism going on here, and I’m putting too much pressure on myself. Thinking back to why I started this letter in the first place – I knew that I would have some challenges a long the way. That’s exactly why I started this project – to challenge myself to write more, and find out what I’m capable of.

This is my first major challenge, and I know that I need to break through it to get better.

What I’m saying is that I haven’t disappeared, I’m still thinking about this project and you every day.

Thanks for your support so far 🙂

DFTBA!

Chris.

Journaling challenge…

Maybe you’ve been trying to build the daily habit of journaling for a while, and you know that you can’t do it consistently without some accountability.

Perhaps you’ve already nailed the journaling habit and you’d like to join a community of others who think like you do…

…and maybe you enjoy a competitive environment and you want to put your money where your mouth is 😉

If so, I’d like to invite you to join my daily journaling challenge.

My book idea has been staring me in the face…

At the start of the year I committed to my good friend Stef that I would come up with a core idea for a book by March.

Part of the process to figure out what the book might be was to start these weekly letters. Something to push me to write with purpose each day.

Thanks to Cara for pointing out that my book idea has been staring me right in the face.

It’s these letters!

In July 2019, roughly six months after publishing my first letter, I will begin to revisit all of my letters and get them ready for a book.

I’d love to be in a position to publish my first book late 2019/early 2020.

Letter IV Published

Letter IV published on 23rd February.

This was a few days later than I hoped.

I really struggled with getting a structure around the topic, and that was mainly because I had more stories and tips than I could include in the letter.

I also wasn’t writing enough each day. It has been a pretty crazy few weeks between work and home life, and the impact of not taking time each day to write was starting to show.

Lesson: Keep up the habit of writing each day, and when it comes to writing and publishing a letter it will be easier.

Excerpt:

“Until you respect yourself, you won’t respect your time.

Therefore, how often you say no becomes the scorecard for how much respect you have for yourself.”

Letter III Published

Letter III published on 13th February 2019.

Excerpt:

“Six years ago, when I started my business, Mum was one of the first people to help and support me. She helped me with the bookkeeping and the admin. We all know it’s a necessary part of any business, but I’m rubbish at it. My mum, on the other hand, is not.

For a while it was fine. But we struggled as soon as there was financial pressure, and eventually we fell out. We reconciled only when my Step-Dad wrote a letter to me.

It was a low point for us both. I was sad. Mum was upset. Ugh. It was all my fault.

My relationship with Mum was deteriorating, and all because of something I had created.

It wasn’t just that I was making decisions that Mum wasn’t comfortable with, or that I was taking risks that Mum couldn’t understand. It wasn’t that the business was failing.

The real issue was that we weren’t communicating with each other in the best way.”

Letter II Published

Letter II published on 7th February 2019.

Excerpt:

“The first step towards becoming a world class communicator is to change your mindset and philosophy. You have to give up:

  • Trying to convince other people that you are right
  • Thinking you are better than other people
  • Trying to look smart or more clever than other people

In other words, we must be more humble with what we know and what we don’t.”

Letter I Published

Letter I published on 30th January 2019.

Excerpt:

“I was thinking…if I could go back and tell my 14 year-old self what I needed to do to fully embrace personal development as part of my life – to be more effective, to move a little faster, to be more clear about the journey – what advice would I give myself?”