This is a 10-day email course for people facing a period of change and renewal – and whenever New Year’s approaches.
By “10 day,” I mean there are 10 emails. They’re timed (mostly) 2-3 days apart.
All you need is a notebook or journal and a pencil for the drafting process. Dedicate half an hour a day to do the work – preferably every day, but a commitment to 2-3 blocks each week can also work. Each homework session will range from 30 minutes to two hours of writing and rearranging. This is part of the clarity and congruency process. No one else can do it for you.
If you’re engaged (the emails are triggered by your engagement!), you could complete the course in as few as 18 days. If it starts getting ahead of you, you’ll get no more than three emails until you catch up.
What will you get out of the course?
(I’m going to turn this bit into a video!)
If you’ve read this far, you’re looking for something easier than just doing an exhaustive list (All The Things). You’re also perhaps wary of being coached into someone else’s system that can come across as HR jargon, or a type-casting practice that didn’t serve you well in the past. Lastly, you don’t want to invest a lot of time in “feelings,” which you know are valid guidance, but not the best way to efficiently create a picture of what’s possible.
There’s no way to get around All The Things, but when you have a structure to jog your memory and record your ideas, it makes it easier. Trust that a design will emerge out of each group you’ll create.
There is no HR jargon here; the only system that emerges is a rough plan for the next three months, with the intention to review your bigger plans that often, as well. I read a lot of books and articles written by good authors and management specialists – people who’re interested in human development and performance – and that work is underlying some of this effort.
Many systems are essentially about creating “cognitive chunks” and “personas,” which productively focus you on your work. Motivational authors know these tricks and more, but what’s frustrated me is that reading other people’s thoughts without a simple framework you can use right now means you just spent your time reading their perspective and collecting ideas, not actually working for yourself. It’s passive motivation, and we have too much of it.
As for type-testing – I’ve always found that you know the kinds of the things you’re interested in, and you don’t get a lot of extra insight from doing tests and round-about exercises to reaffirm this.
Finally, I’m going to push your buttons just once in this course, and for a good reason. Most of the juice I’m offering here is “I believe in you!” with a get-on-with-it type of pace. (You should acknowledge your emotions so that you learn the difference between the wise “yes” or “no” that comes from inside, but be wary of the natural but irrational inclination we have to resist change.)
If you want to see the Table of Contents of the Workbook, look here on Scribd. If you look further, you’ll find a few templates there that become relevant during the course. (And also some of my old essays).
I recently revised the Workbook and the course. Order the new (2nd) edition here. As a fillable PDF, you can work through it on your own, or when you’re done this course, transcribe your notes to it. You can keep in your Dropbox or Drive to check and update as you plan and carry out your goals.
Here’s what one user of Life’s Battle Plan said:
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your email series. It was quite a journey, but I feel so much more focused and ready for the year. Here’s what I found supremely useful and great:–Beth Darrow
– the Present Pain List: it’s all so true, and it’s great to focus on clearing things
– the long-term future planning. This was scary, especially because I have kids. I realized that deadlines come up really fast, and I’ve been avoiding thinking of my kids growing up. Time to do things from the bucket list!
– Planning the year by quarters, broken into lists by month – I love the reminders to plan holidays!
I am starting a new job soon. Your tools really helped me think things through – so thank you!
Sign up now, with no waitlist!
I’m breaking with my usual class/cohort approach, because I want YOU to have an awesome 2019.
You’ll be welcomed with Day 1 of the course, and carry on through with its normal schedule, adjusted according to your engagement.
Act now. The waitlist will begin again when I decide that’s what I want to do. I’m currently rethinking how to offer this value in smaller chunks or how it may be transformed. You might not get as comprehensive a series as it is now, and work on its transformation is
If a 10-email course or journalling isn’t your thing, but you still want to do the work and derive the benefits, you can buy the workbook in my Shop. You can still subscribe while ordering. The email course is handy for walking you through.