Dan Miller talks quite a bit about creating your own work (Even in your own organization). I have become a big believer in this ever since I started working with CollegePlus. The idea is that you have certain God-given gifts that you can leverage in your work. Your motivation and productivity rise dramatically when you focus your time using these gifts, or “Talents” according to CollegePlus’s Navigate program.
What does it look like when you seek to “create your own work”? It isn’t about having a “have it your way” attitude. It isn’t about being selfish. It is all about having a determination to bring your greatest gifts that God has given you to work. This means that as you develop a better understanding of your true strengths, you continually have your eyes open for opportunities to do more of the work you love and the work you know you can truly do to the best of you ability.
This is what it means to create your own work. It is all about stewardship of what talents God has invested in you. On this note I encourage any CP students to look into taking the Signature Leadership Courses hosted by CP and taught by Jeff Myers. We CP coaches are either going through the course lectures ourselves or have already taken these three excellent courses. I have to say that this is one of the best college course I have ever seen. Dr. Myers’ work here directly relates to this idea of leading with your talents in your life and in your work.
If you are not familiar with CollegePlus I encourage you to learn more about the company and its goals. Here is a Squidoo lens I made so people could learn more. Our new Navigate program is an excellent way for students to build a foundation of understanding of their personally calling and God-given talents that they can use in service to God throughout their life’s work.
I have to say that this has made blogging much less motivating. Why? Good question.
Michael Hyatt has been blogging and connecting to people through social media for about 8 years now. One of the primary lessons he learned, and now teaches to others, is that your online message needs to be focused. Brutally focused. While I knew this when I started my blog in the fall of last year, I didn’t understand the concept until recently. The fact that I started my blog with a focus on 10 primary topics should have been a red light to me, but I didn’t see it.
What is the one message of Team Eagle Revolution? That youth can achieve much more when they realize the effect of personal growth. Let’s get ruthless:
How well does my URL (Website Domain Name) communicate this one goal? 4/10
How well does my theme, my pictures, and my resources communicate this one goal? 5/10
How focused are my individual posts on this one goal? 4/10
How excited am I to make this one goal the focus of my website? 4/10
This is when you know you should quit your blog.
In reality, I created the website I wanted someone else to create, but not the one that truly fits my passion.
My solution? Since I am more interested in sharing ideas and resources with others that could create big change in their lives, then I need to do one of two things (or both):
1. Create a new blog about ideation that flows from various resource reviews (Books, Podcasts, other Blogs, TED Talks, etc.). The focus of this blog would be: How would these ideas work for you?
2. Become a frequent contributor on Squidoo.com. This would allow me to make quick one time contributions to many different ideas.
What about you? Have you discovered that your blog is off topic or off passion? What will you do to realign your online presence?