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JOYFULLY JOBLESS NEWS August 2009
 DREAMING OR DOING? EVER FEEL STUCK?
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In This Issue
-- 5 REASONS YOU MIGHT FEEL STUCK
-- AND 5 THINGS THAT CAN JAR YOU LOOSE
-- GETTING UNSTUCK AND STAYING UNSTUCK
-- WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN. SOON.
-- WHEW. THAT WAS A CLOSE CALL.
-- FREE SHIPPING ENDS SOON--AND ONE MORE THING

As you read this issue, think about these insightful words from Richard Bach:

In order to live happily and free you must be willing to sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.


5 REASONS YOU MIGHT FEEL STUCK
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Barbara on the Train Unfortunately, we all know what it's like to feel stuck. At the time in my life--which seemed to stretch on forever--I described it as trying to sprint through the LaBrea Tar Pits.The frustration was unbearable and doing more of the same didn't change things even a little. If working harder wasn't the solution, what was?

Defining the problem accurately was the missing link for me. Whenever I'm feeling stuck, I begin changing that by figuring out the cause. Here are some common villans.

Missing vital information or resources. With all the information at our fingertips, this should be a non-issue. Sometimes, however, we don't look in the right places. Often what we really need to move on can be provided by another person who is familiar with our situation. It's needs a personal touch. Connecting with doers is often a shortcut that short circuits this problem.

Settling for less because it seems easier. It's hard to generate creative ideas when you know you're capable of better, but are afraid to go after what you really want. Paradoxically, settling for less may be harder-not easier-and in the long run, it costs a lot more.

Feeding fears instead of nurturing ideas. I don't know about you, but I had a lot more training in fear and avoidance than I did in nurturing and building. Sadly, I see too many people who have developed a real fondness for their fears and keep them well-fed. Once I had figured out how to grow an idea from a tiny seed into a plump and plucky reality, I discovered I could repeat it whenever I wanted.

Refusing to listen. As any recovering addict can tell you, denial is a powerful force that keeps us repeating unhealthy behavior. Not listening to our own intuitive selves can keep us stuck, as can refusing to seek advice from someone we trust, someone who doesn't have our emotional attachment to the problem. Of course, when we seek such help, it's our obligation to listen, not argue for our limitations.

Turn every problem into an obstacle. As Dr. Joy Browne (a professional at helping folks get unstuck) says, "Combine small problems into big one, and big ones into giant unsolvable monsters." She also suggests that if all else fails, ignore people who offer you an escape plan.

Everyone gets stuck sometimes, but staying stuck is optional. Refuse to make it your fallback plan.


AND 5 THINGS THAT CAN JAR YOU LOOSE
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Change the Scenery

Create a Distraction Free Zone

Seek Help and Listen

Create a New Vision

Be Accountable to a Few People Whom You Trust


GETTING UNSTUCK AND STAYING UNSTUCK
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Last May, Alice Barry and I debuted the first Follow Through Camp. To say it exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. We did it again two weeks ago, and here's what Alice wrote about that event:

I wanted to share an important thing that happened for nearly all of our Campers that may also help you: they discovered that what they thought was in the way of their own follow through, and the main reason for coming to Camp, was not the real reason they were stuck.

For some it only took a few exercises and the feedback and mirroring of others to break through to the real thing in the way of follow through. For others, it wasn't until the final hour and some gentle prodding that they had their breakthrough.

But there were three key things our Campers all had in common that made the leaps and bounds possible: commitment to their ideas, willingness to give and receive, and a total trust for the power of like-minded entrepreneurs all in one room.


WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN. SOON.
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Although we hadn't planned on offering Follow Through Camp again until 2010, Alice and I agreed to squeeze in another one asap. If you're ready to rescue a neglected idea, need some help moving to the next step, or think a couple of days in a lovely setting with lots of support and few distractions would be good for your dreams, plan now to join us back at the beautiful Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN. (Honestly, it's worth it just for the amazing food.)

The next Follow Through Camp is happening on November 6 & 7. This is an interactive, small group experience that is designed so everyone's chosen project is given time, attention, and enthusiastic support. You'll leave with more than just a bunch of notes. You'll leave with awareness of new possibilities and opportunities that are right for you-- and a group of other creative thinkers who are cheering for your success.

To find out more, click on the link below. Early Bird discounts end October 20th.

Follow Through Camp


WHEW. THAT WAS A CLOSE CALL.
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Creative Maverick John Williams shared a terrific story today called Paul McCartney, Promising Coil-winder that I've been sharing with everyone and I wanted to pass it along to you, too. It's a cautionary tale.

Paul McCartney, Promising Coil-winder


FREE SHIPPING ENDS SOON--AND ONE MORE THING
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When I offered free shipping on the new version of Making a Living Without a Job, I had no idea how popular that would be. If you still want to get an autographed copy and would like me to assume the shipping charges, this offer expires on October 1. Just sayin.

If you're a reader of Home Business magazine, be sure to check out Alice Barry's article Planning an Event to Promote Your Business in the October issue.

Making a Liviing Without a Job


Buona fortuna,

Barbara


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