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Why we never learned French

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Deciding how to get there

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 handy editable PDF workbook:

2.

“I think I’m prone to this particular kind of self-deception, where you believe there’s a shortcut or compromise that works for you and not others. It seems so, because you are making progress. You’re learning things and feeling pretty cool. It feels every bit like you’re really getting somewhere, yet you’re vaguely aware that other people undertaking the same endeavor would probably not consider your strategy adequate. Years later, when the thing you were trying to make happen did not happen, you may or may not reflect on why.” — David at Raptitude: The Shortcut is too Long

3.

The way is through. We know this, yet still get stuck. Here's what we can do about the 7 barriers we might encounter, from ClearerThinking.org

Extra thoughts…

Giving myself ample space to do nothing last week changed my thinking. My mind unfurled, the thoughts wandered, ideas clicked, and I found a few little bits of necessary clarity.

I can't remember the last time I truly had that counter-intuitive experience of moving slower to go “faster”. What I do know is that I want more like that.

What about you? Have you been able to achieve slow productivity lately, even if only in some super small way? Would you like help in getting there? Let me know!

Kim

PS. This week's unthinking link is a delightful free font that let's you create some neat little patterns


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 — that's what I can't help but doing. 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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