April 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm #37447
Project Name: Being Beyond Gratitude 30 Day Challenge
Description: Create an ecourse challenge
Why This?: I want to keep building momentum and this ecourse is part of a bigger suite of offerings I envision. I’m swapping this ecourse in place of The Pink Time Challenge for “what’s next” due to the amount of pieces that need to be put in place for TPTC. (I’ve come to accept it’s a half-marathon.) This one should have less components and I have no clue what it’s going to look like other than the concept. Time constraints of the project will force me to come up with something and I believe this can be accomplished as a sprint.
When: Throughout the week tallying up to a day’s worth. If I do, I’ll make progress; if I don’t I won’t. I know myself well enough to know blocking off specific times is sowing the seeds for self-sabotage.April 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm #37465
I’m grateful that you are setting yourself up for success and knowing how to bypass your own swamps of sabotage! Looking forward to the outcome.April 6, 2017 at 7:39 pm #37476
Beautiful Lorraine. I remember you talking about this on one of our coaching campfires. Excited to see it come to fruition this month!
(in case you didn’t notice, this is one of our first 10/10/100 kind of challengesApril 7, 2017 at 9:37 am #37508
Bobbie Jo Van Den PlasAdventurer@bobbiejo
Sounds great Lorraine!!! Way to know and listen to the best way you work too!! 🙂April 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm #37668
Progress Log Update #1 [April 08, 2017]
Used the driving time into the city to do some thinking and scoping out of the overall plan. Theme still not on the radar screen. Was a good exercise because it became clearer why this needs to come before The Pink Time Challenge in the progression of courses and deliver the experience / results I want to.April 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm #37676
Love those long clarity providing drives sometimes.
What are some theme ideas you’ve come up with?
What do imagine the world you’re creating looking like, feeling like and being like for your people?April 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm #38052
I realized Being Beyond Gratitude (BBG) is more about me wanting to offer it than a response to an expressed need. It’s an opportunity to practice inner listening, awareness and mindfulness in everyday life.
Working taglines so far:
Being Beyond Gratitude: Bringing mindful awareness into the everyday.
Being Beyond Gratitude: Infusing mindful awareness into the everyday.
Being Beyond Gratitude: Infusing active being into every day life.
Being Beyond Gratitude: Taking gratitude in the everyday to the next level.
Being Beyond Gratitude: Infusing mindful awareness of active being into the everyday.April 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm #38201
Progress Log Update #2 [April 15, 2017]
Technology is going to be the death of me. Now it’s stretching ActiveCampaign beyond its limits. While in the midst of chaos I’m going to figure out what a minimal solution can be to move BBG forward in terms of capturing emails and then course material.
The thought came to me earlier is this is the typical turmoil and struggle that happens to make you think all is lost and hopeless, and then along comes some fairy dust, a magic wand and the oh so welcome unicorn and POOF! everything falls into place.
On a positive note, a) I had an idea for a theme that could work, but have since forgotten it. But I know it’s out there now! and b) I know what I’m going to try as a pocket journal I want to send participants.April 17, 2017 at 6:54 am #38243
Bobbie Jo Van Den PlasAdventurer@bobbiejo
Ha! I hear you on the technology end, Lorraine! I often feel like that too! Wishing for the soon arrival of your unicorn! 😉 Glad you’ve got some great progress going regardless and are using your gratitude skills to appreciate it! No doubt that will bring the unicorn and fairy dust in sooner! 😀April 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm #38276
I’m wondering if a tagline that combines the gratitude and presence into the same thing.
Right now “Being Beyond Gratitude” makes me think of both presence and gratitude, but I can’t see where the two connect. So I feel like the tagline needs to speak to that. What does “Being Beyond Gratitude” actually mean and do for someone?
What does “Infusing mindfulness into the everyday” have to do with Being Beyond Gratitude and why will people care? What is the transformation of infusing mindfulness into the everyday?
What kind of exercises or process will you be guiding to take people beyond gratitude?
Just playing with ideas here to help it become a little more clear and obvious what this is and who would sign up for a process like it.
I think there is a clearer tagline coming.April 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm #38291
@bradleytmorris – all good questions.
Part of the issue I’m facing with this course is offering up a different point of view on what “being” is. Most people have a preconceived notion that being is about quiet and stillness. My POV is that “being” are aspects of who we are or how we are feeling (eg kind, grateful, compassion, angry, creative, etc). What we do is informed or infused by those aspects of being at any particular time. Hence the “active being” or “directive doing” being two sides of the same coin.
The transformation in the course is increased awareness and inner listening skills of how we are being and bringing that (ie infusing) into what we are doing from being mindful. It’s an initial step of practicing being ourselves, or bringing different aspects full out into everything we do. The following two courses will build on these skills so this is a bit of a dip the toe in the water and get some practice at these new things.
I started with the reference point of Gratitude because many people are familiar with gratitude journals and bringing awareness to being grateful, which in turn changes the lens we look at life through. Gratitude is just one way of being so the intent is to start of with the familiarity of gratitude and build on that to include other ways we can be.
I went back and looked at my freebie on mindfulness. Gratitude is on of the three initial steps I suggest for negotiating change in our lives and creating the space to gain clarity, direction and greater peace of mind.April 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm #38879
Progress Log Update #3 [April 22, 2017]
Feels like I’ve spent more time spinning wheels debugging than making forward movement. The point where expectations crosses paths with reality is a huge sink hole. Relying heavily on mulling and melding will spurt forth into one big splurge that is more successful than Bullwinkle trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat.
Me thinks I’ll be doing fantabulously if on May 5 I launch my sign up process, with a start date of before June 1.
The victory this week – still slugging away and not throwing in the towel.April 29, 2017 at 9:50 pm #39738
Progress Log Update #4 [April 29, 2017]
Not much in the way of tangible progress. More debugging this week and getting closer to a workable solution – a lot in part due to giving up on the way things should work and accepting the way the software does work.
Not holding out a lot of hope I’ll even have a landing / sign up page ready for the end of the week. BUT, amazing things tend to happen at the last moment. No point in giving up know and missing out on what may happen. Downloading my branding guide tonight on Canva, the design quote was
It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela
Speaking of branding guides, I decided to go with the branding guide created for my website overhaul. Decision – check.
The benefits of lacking time this week: 1) identifying what I really need and cut the fluff, and 2) focus on what’s here now, and not the next phase.May 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm #40464
Progress Log Update #5 (May 5, 2017) – The Final Edition
1) What I Launched:
2) How I Feel:
Extremely frustrated, heightened by the deadline, that I couldn’t make more progress due to all the time spent on resolving technology problems that were out of my hands to resolve.
3) New skills or lessons learned:
– when things are out of your control, they’re out of your control (and in many cases even your influence). Pushing harder does squat. Except waste energy, hair and brain cells.
– resolve and resilience are not the same thing. Knowing the difference, and where to leverage each one, is important to the experience you have reaching the same end.
– setting goals doesn’t mean you’re going to get there, or even close. But it does keep the project on your radar instead of the dead files.
– I could have focused on other aspects of the project to move them forward. Knowing I had to get these tech problems resolved sooner or later made me want to do everything to make sooner happen, even though I clearly knew it was going to be later AND at the expense of moving other parts along. As they say, as emotions go up, logic goes down.
4. Focus for the NEXT 30 days:
Actually launching the course, knowing there’s a high probability more crap is going to be thrown in my path. By concentrating on the essentials for throwing open the doors, I’m prepared for winging the rest of it. Worked half decently the last time. Maybe twice is a charm too.May 5, 2017 at 9:56 pm #40501
What wonderful, frustrating, challenging and hard-earned challenges Lorraine.
As you said, the challenge gave you the nudge to get going on this and now having dealt with all those tech issues you’ll be better off in the month ahead.
I hear yah on not pushing when it’s not working. All things in their timing.
I do want to thank you for all of the ways you’ve shown up and offered your support, insight and enthusiasm on other people’s projects. You’re a true team player Lorraine!
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