Freebie: Improve your present, design your Future, or finally finish something from your past.

After I first started this site over a year ago, I gave away a freebie for opting into my email list (as I still do, of course). How it works: In exchange for your email address, choose the freebie you’re interested in. You’ll then get quarterly/bimonthly emails about what I’m working on.

First things first: due to an incredible amount of spam (I was surprised that people who have lists get fake signups too!), the list has become double-opt-in. That means you’ll have to act on the confirmation email. Then you’ll get a Welcome email from me with your choice of the content modules below.

I’ll share tools and ideas I’ve found and created, and occasionally a whimsical anecdote. You’ll also get a link to something in my shop every time – selected by me or by the magic of MailChimp. There’s no obligation to buy; I hope you feel compelled by the interest or usability factor and that you’ll find my stuff interesting enough to follow me on social media and share my content. Click here to jump down the page and subscribe.

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How writing a Pain List unblocks you

This story is one of several about the reasons I came to create Life’s Battle Plan. The Pain List is one of the lessons — Day 7, to be exact — in the workbook. This is a practical stage you must pass through successfully: after defining your dreams, before you’re on your way to making them real. 

– also published on Medium

Until I started taking my Pain List items seriously, until I started putting some of this stuff to bed, nothing new was coming into my life. My life didn’t feel like it was going in the direction I wanted it to go. It didn’t feel like it was going anywhere. In fact, if it was moving at all, it moved to a wasteful end. 

What was underneath that was I had a history of learned helplessness in the face of obstruction. “If I try, it’ll only end up in disappointment, so I prefer to dream.”

Life is full of obstructions that loom larger than they actually are. Dysfunctional people resist our unclear or maladroit attempts to remove obstructions to make our situations and relationships better. (When we get really clear, it’s hard for them to thwart our changes.) They typically respond in a way that shuts us down. In the face of getting shut down, some people get clearer and go for it another way. Other people, however, give up more easily. They should not!

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