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How To Create Content That Reaches & Touches The Masses

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Your thoughts deserve to be read and received. Creative expression of any kind is one the most profoundly satisfying experiences we humans can have, because at our cores we are all creators.

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If you are someone who expresses yourself through the written word, you may know the pain of balancing your desire to write freely – to express your ideas wholly as they come to you – with the knowing that your piece does need to have some composition and form to be properly received.

Adding Some Structure

I know many creative people who feel stifled by the ‘rules’ of writing, feeling as though it places limits on them and their ability to share what is on their minds and hearts. The idea that moulding your article into something that fits a set structure may feel like you are butting boundaries on your expression – but that is simply only one way to look at it.

If you are finding that you struggle to find the balance between creative expression and writing with form, I want to offer you this simple re-frame that may make following the ‘rules’ of writing feel more comfortable.

Writing with structure does not have to mean you sacrifice the purity and essence of your thoughts and inspirations.

Writing with structure is simply a tool you can use to ensure that your insights can be received and understood by your audience. The truth is, the more clarity you bring to your work, the broader your audience will become, keeping in mind that the ideas you are sharing are worth being heard and remembering that the whole point of writing them down and posting them somewhere is so reach as many people as possible. Structure is simply a distribution tool.

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Reach People Effectively

I would invite you to think of it like this: Imagine you are standing in a gymnasium full of people – your audience – and you are wanting to share apples with them – the apples represent your ideas. You could simply begin throwing your apples into the audience randomly, which may result in everyone getting an apple at some point, although some may get two and others will get none – and it will take you a long time to get to everyone.

If, on the other hand you were to pass out the apples in an orderly fashion, you would be able to ensure that everyone got one, and the task would be completed in a much shorter time span.

This is exactly what organizing your ideas and writing or presenting with form will do. It distributes your message faster, and enables more people to hear it.

Essentially, all I want you to take away from this article is the idea that form and structure do not have to be viewed as ‘rules’ or creative restriction. Following a few simple rules of writing can be seen simply as a tool to help you communicate with your audience in the most effective way possible – which is the goal at the end of the day.

The Process

Here is the process I use when I am writing that tends to give awesome results. This strategy allows me to fully express myself, to fully allow my ideas to flow through me without restriction, and then helps me to organize my thoughts so that others can understand them.

Step One: The Dump: Start by writing your article as it comes – allow it to be choppy and piecey – allow for grammar errors, spelling mistakes and incomplete thoughts. Simply create the judgment free creation space you need to bring your ideas forth. Whatever comes is fair game. This step is so important so please do not skip it. Unleash yourself fully from restriction and just write.

 Step Two: Find Your Points: After you have let your article flow through you, you can go back over it and select out your main points. Every piece should have an overarching theme or main message, and then should contain supporting points that strengthen the main theme. Be sure to state your main idea very early on in the article, so that your readers know what you are going to be talking about. It can be helpful to go through and select your main points, and create subheadings out of them.

Remember that reading a wall of text is generally much more difficult than reading an article that has distinct separations and sections. This is where you will start to balance flow with form – by creating an overarching theme that is divided into readable, digestible pieces. Make sure your thoughts also flow in a cohesive order. Ask yourself if someone who knew nothing about what you are trying to communicate would be able to follow your writing, or if there are holes in your explanations that need to be filled. Read your work from the perspective of your audience to ensure that you are writing for them.

Step Three: Tighten Up Your Thoughts: Here is where you will want to look for sentences that are redundant, points that are incomplete and need more explanation and words that do not need to be in your piece.  Remember that people have shorter attention spans than we would like them to have, so if you tend to ramble a little, there is a chance you will lose your audience half way through your post – which is not what you want!

Again, keep in mind that you are desiring to share your message with the greatest number of people as is possible, and creating something that is easy to read is the best way to do that. People are on a time crunch more than ever, so brevity where it is possible is always going to help you in your end goal of clear communication.

Step Four: Spelling, Word Selection and Grammar: Finally, go through your article and correct grammar, spelling, and see if you can add variety in your word selection. I like to save spelling and grammar editing to the end because you don’t want to waste time correcting it and then adding in new paragraphs or sentences, or removing a piece that you already edited. You also want to look for word variation, which helps to add an extra dimension to your work which tends to make it much more interesting. For myself I make sure I am not using the same word over and over again, and I make sure that I add in some extra descriptive words every once in a while. Once more, put yourself in the mindset of your reader – would this article hold your attention?

So there you have it! Four simple steps to help you create a highly unique but clear and concise piece of writing. Sharing your work with the world can be nerve wracking, especially if you do care deeply about the subject you are discussing in your piece. Adding some structure means that people are going to be much more likely to receive your work the way you want them too, making both of you happy.

 

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A Simple Trick To Unlock Determination & Focus

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    In a world filled with distractions, the ability to lock in and focus has become harder and harder to master. But rather than looking outside of yourself for a solution, the key may just lie within.

  • Reflect On:

    How many notifications do you receive daily? Are there any Apps that rather than always receiving notifications from you could instead just check at certain times?

A recent study revealed that in the United States, the average smartphone user receives 45.9 push notifications per day, and many of us exceed that number. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter to WhatsApp to Gmail, everything is constantly vying for our attention.

As a result of this overload, we’re experiencing a collective inability to focus at our highest potential and a reality where the majority of us are consistently fighting off some sort of urge to do something else.

(Fun Fact: Even as I’ve just started to write this article I’ve already seen my phone light up twice with notifications. I’ve now followed my own rules and have turned it over to lock in on the task at hand–more on this later.)

Even if you are part of the dying breed of individuals who have sworn off social media, although you finding and reading this article suggests otherwise, we all seem to be having an incredibly difficult time staying focused.

And with every useless scroll through our Instagram news feed and with every endless YouTube video rabbit hole we fall into, we only further shrink our attention span and strengthen the programming that convinces us that this is normal behaviour.

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Assuming that part of why you clicked on this article is because you do have something that you ideally would like to focus on and ultimately accomplish, I’d like to share with you the best tactic I’ve personally found (and some bonus ones) to “lock in.” Believe it or not, this tactic is not a specific exercise, but is instead designed for you to realize that you still have an incredible ability to focus within you. It hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s just been misguided.

In fact, it’s likely getting more use than you could ever imagine.

The best way to explain this further is by using an example. Think of the last time you either: A) lost your phone, or B) forgot to bring a charger and realized that your phone was about to die.

The moment that either of those realities kick in for most of us, we immediately enter a state where nothing else matters. In scenario A, we search everywhere possible, call it from any other device we can get our hands on, and seek out the assistance of everyone available. In scenario B, despite being an introvert on the daily, we suddenly find ourselves engaging in conversation with everyone by asking for a charger, and if one can’t be found we start planning our exit no matter how much fun we’re having pre-low battery.

We’ve all experienced and have seen this before. When assessed like this, it likely sounds like a form of insanity–and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is–but from a completely different perspective, it’s actually fully “locked in” determination.

You see, we all have the capacity to focus on one particular thing and give all of ourselves to it, it’s just that our auto-pilot has become the opposite because of the sheer number of distractions we are exposed to and have become addicted to.

So rather than looking outside of yourself for some practice or technique that’s going to help you focus and finish writing that book, completing the homework, or finally send out those wedding thank you cards, look within and realize that you are still a determination powerhouse just waiting to be re-guided.

Bonus Tips: 1) When working on something important, put your phone on silent and either put it in another room or face down on your desk. 2) Consider turning off notifications and instead just check certain apps at particular points in the day. I’ve personally turned off all notifications from Facebook, Instagram and all audible email pushes.


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How To Improve Your Life In 3 Simple Steps

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  • The Facts:

    The world of personal development is oversaturated in content promising to provide you the keys to happiness, success, etc. Here is the simplest technique you'll ever come across to immediately improve your life.

  • Reflect On:

    Am I making my life more complicated and difficult than it needs to be? What stops me from regularly applying all of the great things I've read about and learned to date?

The world of personal development is certainly an interesting one. As the shelves in your local bookstore and the search results on Google suggest, it is undoubtedly quite oversaturated with both redundant and often contradictory advice on how to improve your life.

Whether it be coming from well-recognized forces in the industry such as Tony Robbins and Lisa Nichols, or from people such as myself who would love to one day become that much of a force, there are plenty of resources available to us. And while I’m sure we can all list off a self-help book or two we’ve read that we believe the world would be better without, the main reason why this content continues to be created at such a rapid pace is that we continue to seek it out.

You’d think that the content’s intention to improve our lives from that point forward would naturally give the industry a relatively short life, but it instead continues to thrive because we collectively seem to have an incredibly difficult time applying it. We get amped up after reading a great chapter or after completing a powerful exercise, but two days later forget what we’ve learned and slip back into the busy nature of our daily lives.

With this piece I’d like to combat that tendency by making personal development as easy as possible. Here’s my take on how to improve your life in 3 simple steps:

Step 1 – What Makes You Happy?

Step 1 simply involves taking 10-15 minutes to write out everything (and I mean everything) that makes you happy in life. If you enjoy taking your dog for a walk, write it down. If you enjoy reading in bed, write it down. If you enjoy playing rugby, write it down.

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Step 2 – What’s Regularly On Your To Do List?

Whether or not you actively create a to do list, step 2 requires you to set aside another 10-15 minutes to write out everything that you currently do on a regular weekly basis. From going to work to making meals to playing a sport to driving your kids to and from school, write out anything and everything that typically consumes your time.

Step 3 – Adjust Accordingly

You may have guessed where this was going, but yes, the mind-blowing, life-altering advice is to simultaneously look at both of those lists and adjust accordingly.

The human experience may be incredibly complicated, and I’m sure that we all have deep seeded issues that we would likely benefit from an in-depth analysis on, but we’re also not as complicated as we think.

And no, I am not suggesting that we all immediately ditch everything on list number 2 to instead strictly dedicate our lives to the items on list number 1. What I am suggesting is that one of the simplest ways to profoundly improve our lives is by making more regular time for the things that we enjoy.

I know that we all lead busy lives and that we have our fair share of responsibilities, but if you found the time to read this article I’m willing to bet that you have at least a little wiggle room. It ultimately boils down to prioritization, and what could be better than to prioritize the things that you genuinely love at least a bit more?


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A Brutally Honest Guide To Stop Caring About What Other People Think

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  • The Facts:

    We are all naturally self-conscious to some extent in this world, some far more than others, and all typically much more than we are willing to admit. But there are things that we can all do to set ourselves free from this anxiety.

  • Reflect On:

    Do I let the opinions of others hold me back from being myself? Whose opinions impact me the most and why?

While there are certainly many things in this world that can quite easily get our “knickers caught up in a bunch,” there are few that personally bother me more than the reality that, in a world with over 7.5 billion people, far too many of us allow ourselves to be controlled by the opinions of just one or two of these people.

We have countless dreams, ideas and opportunities, all of which we’re often more “comfortable” shutting down rather than pursuing, no matter how excited we were upon initially coming up with them.

If this sounds familiar to you, and trust me it’s an ongoing battle for most of us (myself included), and you’d like to do something about it, here’s some of what I’ve found to be the most effective at getting yourself to a point where you’re far less bothered by the opinions of others:

Accept That Haters Will Always Hate

This may be a tough pill to swallow for some, but realize that, no matter what you choose to do and not do in this world, there will always be people who dislike and/or disagree with you. Even those who pride themselves on being a master of people pleasing have a number of non-supporters that they’re simply either discrediting or genuinely not aware of.

Especially in the social media driven world that we live in, public displays of dislike and displeasure have become far more prevalent, so chances are you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find out who’s not into what you’re up to.

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Knowing this, set yourself free of the wishful thought that a world of 100% undying support is possible, and instead focus on being yourself and being grateful for whatever support you do receive.

Identify The Opinions That “Matter” Most

While all non-supportive opinions have the potential to impact us, there is typically a particular opinion or two or twenty that hit home a bit harder than the rest. Common sources tend to include: parents, close friends, co-workers, and other people that we may either openly idolize or subconsciously be modelling ourselves after.

If you can peg down someone specific, think back on what could have triggered you into putting their opinion on a pedestal above the rest. And realize that allowing their opinions to control you and ultimately not being yourself is not doing them any favors. (Pardon me while I potentially get a bit too spiritually “woo-woo” for some.) It may be avoiding certain conflicts in that moment, but at a higher level it’s actually a disservice since you’re preventing both of you from having to deal with a conflict that in the long-run will help you both grow stronger.

Ah! I’m Afraid Of Everyone’s Opinion

If you find yourself particularly sensitive to and fearful of any form of criticism, take this brutally honest truth in: PEOPLE DO NOT THINK ABOUT YOU NEARLY AS MUCH AS YOU THINK THEY DO.

We are all naturally self-conscious to some extent in this world, some far more than others, and all typically much more than we are willing to admit. With that being the case, do you not think that most people are far too preoccupied with concerns centered around how everyone else is perceiving them to give that much attention to their perception of you?

This somewhat sad reality is even more true once again thanks to our social media driven world where it’s not uncommon for people to spend more time crafting a highlight reel moment worthy of sharing on Instagram than they do actually living it.

Some Extra Inspiration

So, rather than shutting yourself down out of fear of what someone else might say, do, or think, get excited by what might come from you alternatively choosing to express yourself. Realize that everything you now like to brag about was once outside of your comfort zone and that pretty well everyone you admire once (if not many times) had to take a leap into the unknown. And once they got there, they had to keep on going through plenty of criticism, differing opinions, and mind stories all set on selling them on the idea that quitting would be more optimal.

But they didn’t let it stop them because, in a world with over 7.5 billion people, they knew that their opinion mattered, and so does yours!


If your self-consciousness is a trigger of anxiety, you’re not alone! To help, I’ve created an ONLINE COURSE based on sharing everything I used to conquer my own severe anxiety. Check it out, take the first lesson for free, and get lifetime access to the full course for only $10 with the promo code ‘ANXIETY_FREE10’

For more brutally honest personal development content designed for those who actually want to change be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and to follow me on InstagramAnd to receive my free eBook on 5 Simple Daily Hacks For A Genuinely Happier Life click HERE.

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