First of all, not to disappoint you, I’m not doing a giveaway on this. The idea of packing up a book and taking it to the post office and standing in line in December is too daunting. I will encourage you to buy the book. It’s worth it. And yes, I’ll have giveaways when I don’t have to circle the post office parking lot endlessly. OK, I also wrote all over this book in my enthusiasm. Too much to give away.
Sam Bennett (she’s a she) helps artists (and others) market their work. She also wrote Get It Done. But this book is not just for artists. It’s for anyone who isn’t getting in gear, getting it done, and enjoying work.
This is the time of year you may want to pull a blanket over your head and not crawl out until it’s time to take down the tree (or put the menorah away) or until school starts again, whichever you prefer.
Bennett helps you with one of my favorite ways to get in motion–with small steps. She shows you which small steps are most effective and then helps you take them. The book is written in workbook style, with an explanation of a step, an example, and an exercise to help you stay in action.
She writes in a conversational tone, and while I read this book on an airplane, I could not wait to put some of the steps into action. And they work. Again, to be honest, I already believe in the book’s premise: When you decide you want something and move toward it physically, emotionally, even spiritually, you are opening up new ways to get there. The more small steps you take, the easier it is to see the path to your opportunity.
Here’s what Bennett says about the purpose of the book:
“All the things you keep telling yourself you want to do, be , or have are possible for you, if you are willing to take it one step at a time. No matter how long you’ve been dreaming your dreams, they are still alive, still possible. Just because they haven’t happened up to now doesn’t mean they won’t happen. . . . No matter what has happened to you up to now, you have an opportunity to create a new story.”
This is not a lot of weird wishing, this is work. But it is work that, well, works. And you feel supported and encouraged while doing the 66 small steps. You don’t have to do all 66 steps, or do them in order. Yes, there is a chapter on “Happy, Grow-Up Naked Time” and it is not just fun, but doable, even on your own. It’s also important to know that relaxing like a grown-up is an important part of your life and goals.
This book is about more than goal setting. But I love the goal-setting section. (OK, I’m Myers-Briggs “J”). But the goals are ones you set. And she suggests the good / better / best goals. One easy, one reasonable, and one stretch. It helps strengthen those goal-setting muscles.
241 pages, which includes front matter and index.
66 chapters, an additional introduction and concluding chapter
Sample Chapter Titles
- Rested, Fed, Meditated, Walked, Cuddled, and Creatively Satisfied
- Six Ways to Take Control of Your Time
- Completion is Over-Rated
- Time Boulders
- Getting Out of the Urgency Trap
- Values-Based Decision Making
- Nothing Bad Is Happening
- New Pain Is Worse Than Old Pain
- Five Ughs and Three Ahhs
- Clearing Out Your Dream Closet
- No More Rehearsing Conversations
- Swatting Away Success
- Of Course You’re Concerned About Not Fitting In
Why didn’t I just wait a few weeks and then give this away? First, I wrote in it. A lot. Second, this book makes a wonderful gift for yourself or a close friend who is a perfectionist or frustrated over-achiever. It’s a book you won’t read and put away and forget about. It’s a book you will write in and book mark and go back to because that exercise really worked. Buy it, it’s worth it.
Full disclosure: The New World Library sent me the book for free. I agreed to review it. After I read it, I bought a copy to give to a friend. A picky friend who needs it, but may hit me with it. She’s touchy. I’m glad the book is a paperback.