Goal Achieved

In the space of 3 weeks I managed to successfully Crowdfund £600, to enable me to get my eBook “Unbreakable Bond” made available in to a physical print copy, available from booksellers across the globe. When I started, I never thought that I would get up to £600 but in the end I went beyond £600 and raised £650.

There were days when I didn’t think I was going to make it, when nothing was coming in, days when I thought I had exhausted every avenue I could think of to promote the campaign but I should never have got down about it, as you never know when amazing acts of generosity are going to come your way.

I had always wanted to do a Crowdfunder campaign but this was my first and the feeling that I have, now I have successfully achieved it is something I can’t put in to words. Not everyone succeeds with their first Crowdfunder and there are many campaigns across the globe that fail, so to be one of the ones that succeeded is incredible.

Everything has to start somewhere

What this whole process has shown me is that slow starts don’t always mean it isn’t possible; they are just a reminder of how hard you have to work. Everything has to start from somewhere and the support of just one person can change everything. Don’t expect miracles overnight but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hope for some down the line.

I finished penning my book in 2013 and it has been a long road since that day. I spent a year trying to get the book published the conventional way through a publisher and after many near misses, I decided that it was best to just get my book out there, so I released it as an Ebook on Amazon. I am so glad I did because since that day it has taken off. I could have just given up and the book could have been kept to the confines of my computer hard drive, but doing it myself has shown that there is a place for this story and a want for it, out there in the world.

Reaching as many people as possible

Newspapers have done articles about it, care and dementia organisations have endorsed it but most importantly, it has touched lives, which I have seen by the reviews that have been coming in. The support for the Crowdfunder has further proven to me that there are people who want this book to reach as many people as possible.

My word of advice is, if you are a writer or want to be a writer – just get your work out there. In this modern age there is more than one way to get your work to market and if your writing is good enough, your story interesting enough and you are willing to put the hard work in to promote it, then you can have success.

Keep it Simple

There are many of us out there (me included) that would love to impact and change the world. There are people with big goals and lots of things they would like to achieve or change about the world in which we live. The problem is that a lot of these ambitions are so hard to achieve, that many people give up. My message today is – if you want to impact the world, start with something simple.

If you read my blog regularly you will remember my blog about the crowdfunding page, that was set up to help a football fan that was attacked after a game:

https://adamsibley.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/dont-just-read-the-news-react-to-it/

This was a simple idea, which not only ended up providing financial support for him but also worked as a platform to unite football fans and to send messages of hope. From one goal, which was to raise money, many other things were achieved. It shows you that if you focus on one thing you can still achieve more things than you intended to.

Focus

The simpler we keep things the easier they are to achieve. If you keep your project or message simple, more people will be able to get on board and identify with it. To keep your idea simple you need to really focus on what is the one most important thing you want to achieve and think about the simplest way of achieving it.

My wife and I were at an event on the weekend and we heard a man talking about research in to Parkinson’s disease. This man was interested in gaining stats and information, so he set up a programme which records people voices through a phone app in which now thousands of people have contributed. This man was interested in vocal patterns and came up with an idea that was simple and easy for people to contribute to. People were willing to give of their time to record their voices as it was a simple exercise, wasn’t time consuming and could be done from anywhere in the world.

Action

I think before you start setting up groups, charities, NGO’s and not for profit companies, it is important to put a simple project in to action first and see how it goes. The project and what you want to achieve from it should be the focus, your time at the beginning of an idea should be to test it if it works or can have an impact, before you get caught up in paper work, committees and legalities.

I would much rather do one thing amazingly well, than doing good at a lot of things. I think if you focus on one thing you increase your chances of making a difference in this world. It is important to stick to what you care about and not get sidetracked from that path, the more you get sidetracked in to other things the less likely you are to achieve your goal.

Investing

Investing time at the beginning to really think your ideas through is key. If you can invest time to make your ideas as simple as possible, you start on the right foot. From then on it is up to you to make sure you keep to your plans and always keep things simple, this will save you from being overwhelmed, giving up or taking longer to achieve what you want to achieve.

30-Minute Burst Challenge

Last week I blogged about getting out in the garden and doing some gardening because of the lovely weather we are experiencing, here in the south west of England:

https://adamsibley.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/the-sun-is-here/

Our back garden is quite big and in the back we have two areas that need a lot of love, the front garden is small, but again there are two flower beds that really need some attention. Since my last blog about gardening my wife and I have been out in the gardens keeping up the commitment, in the hope to see them one day looking good and becoming easy to manage.

I tend to go out in the garden and work in 30-minute bursts. I do this because I am a believer in quality over quantity. I believe working at things in this fashion is the best way and is how I attack many projects in life.

If I go out and spend 2 hours in the garden, many things will happen. The first thing is – I will get tired. When you get tired that normally leads to many things happening, like putting less effort in, liking the job less and being much less likely to want to go out and do more tomorrow. With working in 30-minute bursts I don’t get bored, I don’t get tired and at the end I always want to do more.

I would much rather keep hold of that feeling of wanting to do more when I come in over that of wishing I had stopped earlier. I think you will get more done in 4 30-minute bursts than you would in a 2-hour session. If you are going to put the hard work in, you should want to get the maximum reward for it.

Another thing I do is I don’t set myself targets of what I want to achieve when it comes to gardening. I think if you set yourself goals and you’re like me, you will want to achieve them and by doing this you end up rushing and not doing a thorough job. Sometimes (especially with weeding at the moment) jobs take you longer than you expected and if you set yourself a goal you would either be disheartened that you didn’t achieve it, or annoyed with yourself that you didn’t do a thorough job.

I haven’t set myself an end date for when I want the garden complete, but I know I am going to keep working at it until that day comes, because of the manageable system my wife and I have. By doing 30-minutes a day I don’t resent it, it doesn’t tire me out and I can fit it in to most evenings, without affecting anything else we have planned to do.

I would encourage everyone to take up the 30-minute burst challenge and see how it helps you to achieve something that you have been trying to achieve this year.

Planning for When Success Isn’t Instant

As human beings I think we are all inspired by something we see or hear at some point in our lives. It can be anything from a preach at your local church to a film you saw at the cinema. The words and or pictures encourage you to chase your dream, give you a dream or put a cause on your heart that you want to stand up and fight for. You leave the place saying to yourself that you are going to do be the one that makes it happen.

The problem then comes when it gets a bit tricky to do what you want to do and you aren’t as successful right away as you thought you would be. Time goes on and distractions have entered your life which clog up the time you have in your day to chase your dreams. The memory of what you heard or saw that inspired you is starting to feel a bit faded and before you know it you have given up or forgotten about it.

I think the most important thing to do when you are inspired by something is make a plan, one that doesn’t involve instant success. To be successful you need to be passionate about something but sadly being passionate doesn’t always mean you will be successful, so this is why a plan is so important.

In the plan can you set aside an amount of time a day to pursue your dream? Just one thing to remember is to make it a realistic amount of time that you know you can quite easily give over to the pursuit. Can you surround yourself with people who are chasing the same dream as you or are as passionate about chasing their dream, as you are yours? Can you get a copy of that preach or film? So that you can remind yourself of why you are so passionate about it?

I think instant success is a myth and a myth that stops many people achieving what they could if they just stuck at it. Most of the truly successful people in life didn’t have overnight success, most had a plan and kept to it. You show up to work everyday, because you have to. You show up everyday for school, because you have to. You need to get in the mindset that you keep to your plan, because you have to. Plans maybe boring but success never is.

2015 – The Year of Personal Development

How did you develop as a person in 2014? Do you think you developed at all? I think we are developing as people every minute of every day, some of us notice it and some of us don’t. Some people are trying to develop consciously while for some of you it’s happening without you trying.

I think in order to take control of your life and your world you need to start making conscious development. You need to be able to understand when you are developing and how you are developing. Can you list 5 ways in which you developed or 5 things that you did, that you think developed you as a person in 2014? This list will be different for most people and could feature anything, which you think helped you develop.

Here is mine in no particular order:

1. I got married.
2. I lived a married life.
3. I travelled.
4. I started this blog.
5. I volunteered.

I think these 5 things made me a better person. I think they improved my people skills, my adaptability and helped me really think about my place in the world and the impact I want to have on it. They were a reminder of my passion for putting other people first and helping others.

There are things we can learn and gain from nearly every situation in life that we may find ourselves in. If there are things we want to learn, experience we want to gain or skills we want to acquire we need to put ourselves in positions to get those things.

How do you want to develop as a person in 2015? What are you going to do to gain those developments? Instead of making a list looking back lets make a list looking forward for 2015 and go out and achieve those developments.

Is there a new place you want to live in? Is it a new job you’re after? Do you want to be noticed? Do you want to be better with people? Do you want to get better at a sport? Whatever it is make sure to find out what developments you need to make first, make them and then go after what it is you want to achieve. Even if you don’t end up achieving what you set out to do, the developments you gain and the want to make conscious developments will improve you as a person and set yourself up for future success.

Change Your World

So how is 2015 treating you so far? Did you make any resolutions? If you did – Have you kept to them?

The start of the year is always a tricky time. It is a time where anything is possible to achieve for the year ahead. It’s a time of coming back to work or school after a rest for many so it can take a little while to get back to firing on all cylinders but already you are being forced to think about plans for the year.

I have been thinking about this first blog of the year over the Christmas break, originally I was thinking it would be “Change the World” but on reflection I think the mission for this year should be “Change Your World.”

Thinking about the possibilities for the year ahead can be overwhelming as there are just so many, like if you were to try and think of a way to change the world, it would be overwhelming. On the other hand I believe changing your world is very possible and if lots of people did it we could change the world together.

Your world is something you are very familiar with. Your world is the people you interact with, the issues that affect your daily life and the places in the world that you live in and that you go to. Your world is easily defined and should be something that you could find a way to influence positively.

The great thing about our worlds is that they all overlap with each other in some way. There are many people affected by the same things that you are, many people living in the same area as you and many people that are friends with or work with the same people that are in your world.

You can be a world changer by making your world a better place. By making your world a better place you can make it better for someone else too and you can make their world better at the same time. I am going to make it my mission this year to change my world for the better. I am going to look at my world, think of ways that I can make a difference then go out and do it. If you want to improve your life and the ones of those around you then you need to change your world.

I want 2015 to be the year where your world was changed for the better. So lets get to it people.

Finding Your Niche

I am a believer that everyone has a niche. Some people know what theirs is and do something about it, some people don’t know what theirs is and some people know what theirs is but choose to hide it.

I think the smart people know what their niche is and really focus on it. In my opinion if you cast your net too wide and try to be a jack-of-all-trades it rarely works out well. Trying to do too many things will also leave you in danger of forgetting what you truly love to do and that is when you will stop succeeding, as to truly succeed in life is to do what you truly love to do.

Finding your niche isn’t about becoming the best in a certain field, becoming famous or making money is about finding something you enjoy doing. Some people drop everything in life to focus on their niche and some focus their spare time on it whilst doing other things, like school, work and parenthood.

Your niche doesn’t have to change the world, it could be gardening, it could be cooking nice meals for your family, it could be starting your own business, the possibilities are endless. Just remember big or small it doesn’t matter as long as you are enjoying it.

There are two people who really sprung to mind when I was writing this article, both of who have been great friends over the years.

The first being a guy called Alan March. He turned his skill in communicating and presenting in to an opportunity and now in to a business. After commentating and doing Audio Description for many live sporting events by himself he now runs Alan March Sport a company that provides a host of services to sports providers and also trains people who want to do sport commentary.

The second guy I would like to mention is Alex Shane who after many years of being a professional wrestler and doing just about every job in the business now has his own media company which is producing programmes for TV and online that are gaining huge popularity.

Both of these two have paid their dues, sacrificed, taken risks but have done it all because they knew what they were passionate about. If they weren’t passionate about it and knew it was their niche they would have never have done all those things.

I think being around people who know what their niche is, can be very inspirational. It was the finding your niche thought that made me start up this blog. I believe this blog is my niche, as encouraging people and getting them to think in different ways is my passion. Now you all may think I’m wrong and it may make me look stupid saying that but I am brave enough to say it, as I want to encourage others to do the same. Don’t hide your niche as its only going to stop you or slow you down from what you want to do and are good at doing.