Are You “Playing” a Big Enough Game?

I know.  Writing–or whatever vision powers your life–feels like serious business.   Some of you may even be offended when I call it a game.  But creativity thrives on the spirit of play, and people who take a creative and playful approach to their lives play better, reach mastery sooner, and have better results (for less effort).

I’ve never forgotten a client who went from scratching for money to significant wealth.   It was a dramatic and sudden change, and I met her at her office to ask what had happened.   First, she committed to profits (for the sake of her children) and then she figured out that money’s just a game.   After that, she took more time off and had more fun (along with a lot more money).

If you love your work, you probably do commit to excellence–and do you also commit to profitability?   (We don’t all want the same profits; fame appeals to one writer and dollars to another and still another just wants to change the world.)   Whatever valuable results you really want should be part of the game plan.

Can I–or any coach–guarantee you’ll get everything you want?  Of course not.

But I can guarantee you won’t get the results you want if you sacrifice them without a whimper.

There are all these rumors about how you can’t make money doing whatever you love.   But I met T.S. Eliot when he was a guest poet at Grinnell College, and I can verify that his tweeds weren’t cheap or badly tailored.

So here are three simple steps you can take to be sure your game is big enough:

1.  Give it a name, a jazzy, juicy name.  Take time to find the words that excite you every time you think about them.

2.  Write out a brief description of what success in your chosen field means to you…the craft, the art, the people (readers) you’ll serve, and the rewards you’ll claim.   Keep a copy handy and revise it every six months as your confidence in your game grows.

3.  Choose three recurring actions that will move you toward that big game.   If you’re a writer, it might be writing 20 minutes a day or 2 hours on Saturday.   If you’re a real estate broker, it might be cold calls.   Whatever it is, it should be something you commit to doing regularly.  Eventually, some actions will no longer be useful, or you’ll learn about new methods that make them unnecessary.   If you drop one, replace it with another.

And if you’d like a little help with your strategic planning, I’m offering free exploratory coaching sessions.   Just click on the yellow “Schedule Session” button to schedule 45 minutes with me, working on your master plan and your big game.