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Helping overwhelmed creatives and small business owners turn overthinking into expert thinking…and action! 3 useful things every Thursday to gain clarity, get more done, and feel great about it.

I might lose you

What we make it mean is what matters Egg stain on white cloth by FSTOPLIGHT from Getty Images Signature. This week I've been thinking about audiences, appreciators, and fans. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: “I know [it] when I whisper “holy shit” under my breath to something because I think it’s so good” — Turning a yellow spot into a sun by Wes Kao 1,000 true fans is an alternative path to success — an internet classic by Kevin Kelly at The...
A young woman stares out through a circular opening made of strategically placed books.

Creation over Competition

“You can't understand people's needs until you understand their stories.” — JTBD / Christensen Institute Young woman in bookstore by LuckyImages This week I've been thinking about categories. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: Category design is a concept I’ve been learning more about lately, largely thanks to a Category Designer I met through Lunchclub. I’m halfway through the 2016 book Play Bigger by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher...
A perplexed cat stares at a laptop screen. “Overthink better. Because you'll never underthink it.”

Spiralling upwards

Anxiety loves a worn path… Computer cat by Nils Jacobi from Getty Images This week I've gone back to the basics, exploring how to turn overthinking into expert thinking. Here are three things on that theme: “It’s doing work twice instead of doing twice as much work, ruminating instead of reflecting, disaster prep instead of prevention, going in circles rather than upward spirals. For our progress is never a straight line, but it should — by definition — cover new ground” — a new one from me...
A starry night sky with a silhouette of trees. Text reads: Does it make sense? With a Hold That Thought bubble.

Does it make sense?

The answer is Yes. And No. Night sky by StockSnap from pixabay. This week I've been thinking about seeing things from other perspectives. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: It's the number one question I get from creatives, coaches, and small business owners. So I came up with a great way to get a real answer In the run-up to launching Sense Check (that's today!), I've been sharing non-obvious practical tips on LinkedIn. Like this one about...
Red velvet chairs in a dark auditorium. Quote reads, “How you feel afterward starts before you begin”.

It's the end of the talk…

…and I feel fine. Photo by batuhan toker from Getty Images This week I've been thinking about how we react to events. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: Until recently, there’s been a huge gap between what you see and the way it feels. How I avoided the post-presentation vulnerability hangover “It is never a mistake, just an expensive present” — Rui Yi Gan on the Second Arrow of Suffering I aim to link to one brief thing, but I enjoyed every...
A road at night through a foggy windshield.

Like 2021 again?

The neglected middle child of mental health… Photo by Jecapix from Getty Images Signature. This week I've been thinking about the concept of languishing. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: There's a word for this feeling — a 15-minute TED talk by Adam Grant (Stick around for the whole thing, if only for the Mario Kart theory of peak flow!) Make peace with feeling less ambitious from strategist and speaker Dorie Clark in HBR Knowing where you...
A customer journey map of coaching onboarding, from awareness to partnership.

How we start

When every step of your journey rewards your choice… My onboarding process, in five phases. See the first link for more detail. This week I've been thinking about how we get started. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: “If you want meaningful, transformative relationships with people, then you need to care about setting things up with attention to the details that matter.” – me, on how I create great experiences, from the very start. This is my...
Art installation of giant blocks of ice with microphones placed closely to them.

Huh.

Are you watching closely? The Sound of Ice Melting, art installation by Paul Kos. Photo by me at MoMA in NYC, ~2009. Terry the Pug and I are still recovering from our ear and tooth surgeries. It's been complicated, so this week I've been thinking about how to show up when you're not feeling your best. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: I usually spend 1-2 hours to create each newsletter. This week I have limited capacity. So I asked myself a...
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Impact is the antidote

What's on your… My dog Terry had ear surgery Monday and I'm having a wisdom tooth pulled Friday, so this week I've been thinking about how we all get through a tough week. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: The #1 cause of burnout is not what you think. A 6-minute pep talk from Liz Wiseman at the Big Think No, they are not mad at you. And other comforting messages from anonymous dogs When you're too tired to figure out what you need, go to your...
Two diverging paths on a sunny drive. The shortcut is probably too long — quote by David at Raptitude

Why we never learned French

Deciding how to get there Possible paths by panic_attack from Getty Images In previous weeks, we'd been exploring Vision and Mission. I'm back from a brief holiday in Malta, rested and ready to help you put all of this into practice. Which means that this week, I've been thinking about Strategy and Roadmap. Here are three things on those themes to help turn overthinking into expert thinking: 1. Putting it all together…all four of my worksheets — Vision › Mission › Strategy › Roadmap — in one...

Helping overwhelmed creatives and small business owners turn overthinking into expert thinking…and action! 3 useful things every Thursday to gain clarity, get more done, and feel great about it.