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Are you watching closely?

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:

  1. I usually spend 1-2 hours to create each newsletter. This week I have limited capacity. So I asked myself a question I usually ask my clients: “What would you do if you only gave yourself 15 minutes?”
  2. The Life-Changing Impact of Camel Mode from No Filter with Mia Freedman on YouTube — a repeat link, but there for those who may need it (like I did).
  3. Looking closely is valuable at every scale. From looking closely at a sentence, a photograph, a building, a government. It scales and it cascades — one cognizant detail begets another and then another. Suddenly you’ve traveled very far from that first little: Huh.” An essay by Craig Mod

Extra thoughts…

Asking yourself what you would do if you only had [ridiculously short amount of time] forces you to get creative. And to throw out the non-essential (e.g., sticking to a theme).

What happens when you apply this question to your next big task?

Conversely, what could do with more time and a closer look? Let me know if I might help with that!


PS. I'll be on The Coaching Inn podcast tomorrow (Friday the 24th), talking with Nathan Whitbread and Claire Pedrick about Neurodiversity in Coaching. If you want to be part of the live audience, get your questions answered, and be first to hear about what we're working on, get your free ticket here!

PPS. Can you remember which iconic film actor spoke the title of this week's newsletter, “Are you watching closely?”…and which film was it?

For any task, project, or job, there are three ways you can go…

  • DIY – where you gather the stuff you need and do the work yourself
  • Do it with you – where you find a collaborator and do the work together
  • Do it for you – where you hire an expert to do the work for you

I've set up my own work so that I offer all three approaches…whether you want to work alone, together, or just sit back and see it get done, I can help.

And if you're not sure what you want, or whether we might be a good fit, you should definitely pop on a call with me.

Even if we don't collaborate beyond our chat, you'll leave with a clearer idea about your next steps. So, please get in touch! (Or send somebody who should my way.)

If you know somebody who might get value from this newsletter, why not share with them? Forward this email to help them gain more clarity and confidence about what they're doing, too:

You can always visit the newsletter archive for all the worksheets and other free tools. Or browse podcast episodes and read the latest long-form insights​. I even have a page where you can access every Medium article I've written, paywall-free

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do creating and sharing it!

Kim Witten, PhD - Coach & Consultant

Hello! My name is Kim Witten and I’ve spent four decades overthinking absolutely everything. I’ve turned this ability into a super skill to get stuff done and now my mission is to help others do the same. Read more about my journey

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Hold That Thought

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.

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