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  • #37387

    Sara McCann
    Adventurer
    @saramccann

    Worst timing in the world for me as here in the UK we are just about to start our Easter holidays – meaning all 3 kids will be home with me for the next 2 weeks demanding days out, food, time, money and lifts to here, there and everywhere! But….where there’s a will there’s a way…and I definitely have the will!

    So I will lock them in their bedrooms for 2 hours per day (2 hours wouldn’t be considered TOTALLY cruel and child abusive would it!?! 😉 ) in order to gain my 1 working day time per week.

    After their 2 week holiday I dedicate a Tuesday to be my full working day for this project.

    I am going to create a mini course on the power of thoughts. My current aim with this is to create:

    • An intro video (to lure people in and hopefully have share ability) that demonstrates in a few minutes the power of thought and convinces people how powerful it is and therefore that they need to learn more
    • Another video – am dabbling with the idea of learning some animation techniques for this (way out of my comfort zone but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound!) to demonstrate how the mind works and how it effects every aspect of our lives.
    • A PDF that talks about experiments done in regards to the mind and illustrates how this is not some airy fairy notion but a scientific one with powerful proof
    • A Hypnotherapy MP3 for helping people to think more positively and therefore create more positivity in their life
    • Possibly another video (eek!) on EFT to help people release past negative experiences that are impacting on their ability to think more positively. This one is subject to change
    • A list of daily tasks to complete to reinforce and improve on their learning (maybe 3-5 days)

    My aim is to give this away for free to help market and promote for future courses etc. Am feeling very daunted about it all as there is a lot of new learning in there for me as well as a lot of creation and stepping out of my comfort zone…and then there’s those darn kids banging on their bedroom doors to be let out!

    Ah well, Happy Easter holidays everyone! 🙂

     

     

    #37400

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    This is an awesome outline Sara.

    I recommend you outline your plan (all your to-do’s) in 2-hour chunks.

    Example:
    Writing video script. Two hour chunk.
    Filming & editing. Two hour chunk
    etc…

    Just to make sure your plan is realistic, given your time constraints (which I think it should be)!

    Look forward to seeing what you create.

    #37406

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    Awesome Sara!! Love it!  Great tips from Bradley too!! I have found doing that makes things more do-able. You’ve got this!!! Use that powerful positive mindset and you will no doubt get it done! Funny about locking your kids up… I’m actually kicking my family (dogs too) out of the house for a few hours this Saturday for the retreat I’m hosting here, haha! Happy Easter Holiday to you as well!

    #37439

    Sue-Ann Bubacz
    Adventurer
    @sue-ann

    No fear, Sara, your outline is pretty specific and well-stated and you have a destiny laid out!

    I agree, Brad, the more I break a big job down into tasks that will get me to the end, the more possible it is to complete. I’ve really started embracing and looking at my mega list this way in 2017 and I feel like I’m making great progress on many fronts.

    Like you, I’m very determined and I think that does help a lot:) I agree with BJyou’ve got this!

    And Sara…your intro video has truly inspired what I’m going to select, I think, for my Screw It Challenge so, thank you for that and please feel free to reach out to me if you feel stuck or frustrated, or I can help, at any point along the way:)

    #37514

    Sara McCann
    Adventurer
    @saramccann

    Thank you so much all of you! You are so amazingly supportive!! I feel so lucky to be here, I truly do – I can’t stop smiling!

    Definitely loving the ‘breaking it down’ list idea – i think that will help massively!

    Best of luck with your retreat this weekend Bobbie Jo. I hope it will go ‘swimmingly’!;)

    Oooh, Sue-Ann, I’m over the moon I have been able to inspire you – that’s fantastic! Am dying to see what you are going to create! And ditto…if i can help you too please just let me know!

     

    #38166

    Sara McCann
    Adventurer
    @saramccann

    Ok. So the end of week one and I have decided to update you all with a little video to show you my learning. I still have a lot of refining to do and learn as the timings on the video are not good and the way the music is etc BUT I am thrilled with my progress in just 8 hours or so…from having no idea how to even start something like this – to being able to put together a video! I have a long way to go to complete this screw it challenge but feel like I have overcome my biggest obstacle so feeling good.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/g41fg4xkf1v128v/progress%20week%20one.mp4?dl=0

    #38172

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Love this Sara. Way to learn, grow and commit. It was a fun little presentation you created.

    Love the growth curve you’ve gone through in week 1!

    #38197

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    You had me at screw it! HA! That was AWESOME!!! Seriously, how did you do it? Love the animations! And your personality coming through! (Love the part with the kids escaping!!) WOW! What a great start!!! YES! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

    #38207

    Sara McCann
    Adventurer
    @saramccann

    Thank you very much! It’s nowhere near ‘putting out there’ quality but it gave me a little run to see what i (and the software) can do. I used easy sketch pro to do it Bobbie Jo and it is very straightforward. Though am still not convinced about easy sketch pro, (there’s a few glitches i’m not happy about) so have a bit more experimenting to do to see if i stick with that or perhaps go to videoscribe.

     

    #38241

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    Very cool! Never heard of it. It’s fun to learn about what’s out there and all you can do! 😀

    #38755

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    How’s week 2 going for you Sara. Cheering you on!!

    #38816

    Sara McCann
    Adventurer
    @saramccann

    Ok. So week 2 – I’m not going to lie – it’s been a tough one! Kids and I came down with a horrible sickness bug at the beginning of the week and so I have felt a bit up against it for the most part. I’m also feeling like I set myself out a rather  ambitious amount to do, especially having to learn a lot of new techniques to complete it. If i listen very carefully I can hear grumpy Sara whispering ‘just quit, it’ll be ok” (So maybe grumpy Sara caused me to be sick? read the PDF i have written and you might understand why I say that! 😉 )

    No, no, no! – that will not happen! Maybe I won’t get it all done as perfectly as I would have liked but I will not quit.

    So…week 2 is over and I have completed the PDF (outlined in bullet point 3 above) and also scripted all the daily tasks (outlined in last bullet point above). I am not sure how I am going to present these yet and suspect – now that we’re half way through – that this decision might come down to the quickest option but I have them ready to go.

    It suddenly dawned on me today (whilst thinking about what I have left to do) that I also have no idea how to set up an ecourse on my site. I have the free version of Lifter LMS and have watched a few instructional videos on it but have never actually used it. Am really hoping it will be easier than I imagine as I suddenly feel like time is running out now.

    So I’m 3 bullet points down and 2 to go! Next week the kids will all be back at school and I really will GSD then! Bring it on!

    PDF below for you guys to see some of my progress. Hope you like but all feedback appreciated. x

    Oh and also, just wanted to apologise for not being very responsive on forum posts – things have just been so tough this past week it has just been a case of ‘essentials only’ I promise to catch up with everyone properly soon.

     

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    #38851

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    Sara, I just read your PDF. I absolutely loved reading the studies you shared!!!! The power of our thoughts is truly amazing!

    #38863

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Great work with all this Sara, and while sick with sick kids. Bravo. When my wife, Celeste and our son Sauryn and I all got sick earlier this year, I didn’t get anyting done.

    The PDF looks great. I only had a chance to skim through it. I guess my question is, how could you make more words jump off the page at me. I am a skimmer and I need to get the gist of something, just by skimming it to draw me in if things are relevant. Right now, being a skimmer, I can’t find the main points, to see if I want to go deeper.

    Make sense?

    If I were you, I would ease up on the need to rush this and instead, enjoy the learnings.

    My questions for you:

    1. How can you tighten up and refine the words that are in the PDF, making sure that each sentence and word is chosen with precision? This is the tedius task @andyfreist and I go through everytime we write a script, an article and ESPECIALLY on the http://www.CoursesWorthSharing.com website. That was three weeks of non-stop refinement.

    2. How can you add more imagery that is in alignment with some form of theme? Making the PDFs more visual will inspire people to want to keep reading. Having a theme that helps tie in what’s being said in writing and what’s being shown in images will add so much power.

    3. What is the MAIN purpose of the PDF. If someone reads it, what do you want them to get out of it?

    Great work @sara.mccann.j@gmail.com

    Keep having fun with this passion project.

    As for Lifter LMS, just book two solid chunks of time:

    1. For downloading it all to your site, so you’re ready to go.

    2. For playing with it and beginning to upload content.

    AND if it overwhelms you, then just go with Teachable this time around. Teachable is simple and straight forward if you’re not a confident word-pressy  🙂

    #38890

    Sara McCann
    Adventurer
    @saramccann

    Thanks so much Bobbie Jo and Bradley, really appreciate you both taking the time to look and feedback to me on it!

    Bradley, that is great advice to improve the PDF – thank so much. I will definitely go and action all your suggestions. I completely get where you’re coming from and think your advice is spot on.

    I will still aim to complete the screw it challenge but you have echoed my own thoughts in that..if I don’t make it I have still achieved an awful lot more than I would have done had I not participated at all – I have certainly learned a lot! So, maybe a semi rush will now be adopted lol! Which probably makes more sense as the kids certainly aren’t well enough to return to school tomorrow as I had hoped they would.

    Not giving up – just taking it a bit easier! 😉

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