I recently received a copy of, *The Power of 100! Kickstart Your Dreams, Build Momentum, and Discover Unlimited Possibility by Shaun King and the timing was perfect. I always try to start the year exploring my long term and short term goals. I reflect back on the previous year to see how I fared and determine where I am headed in the New Year. The Power of 100! provides a fresh new take on many concepts I have read about and studied over the past decade related to living the life of your dreams.
King says, “Consciously or subconsciously, not having a hard-core life plan gives you the emotional space and permission to never really succeed at home, on the job, with your health, with finances or anywhere else.”
I believe this is so true. It is like expecting your GPS to give you good directions without programming in your final destination. We all agree, that would be ridiculous. Yet, we do this with our lives. I meet many people who dream of being writers, but when I ask more questions about what type of books or articles they want to write or what they eventually hope to accomplish with their writing, they can’t answer. If you don’t know where you’re going, then how are you going to figure out how to get there?
King’s book provides a road map to create the life you always dreamed about. He does this by helping you come up with a plan for seven key areas of your life. By focusing on all of these areas and not just a few, King says you will create a good balance in your life:
• Health and Fitness
• Career and Finance
• Spiritual and Emotional
• Friends and Family
• Accomplishments and Experience
The first part of the book explains why it is important to set goals, some common fears and how to face them and some helpful tools in time management. It then moves into the seven areas and talks about creating your YORG’s in each one. A YORG is “Your Outrageously Ridiculous Goals.” Eventually you will come up with 100 (hence the name of the book). Now before you roll your eyes and think that sounds impossible, you can be reassured that once you read the book you will feel equipped and even excited to make your list of 100. King gives you everything you need to make this happen before sending you on your way to becoming the extremely successful, high-performing version of yourself.
Overall, this is an amazing book I highly recommend to anyone needing direction in their life or anyone needing a refresher course on the importance of setting life goals. Throughout the book, I was a little surprised at the occasional use of “dude” (I am clearly getting old), but this, by no means, lessened my view of King’s knowledge in this field and his talent as a writer. I look forward to setting some time aside over the next couple of weeks and coming up with my list of 100 YORG’s and I will be sure to share them with you.
I want you come up with one YORG for your writing life and share it in the comment box by January 21st. I will randomly choose one winner and that person will win a copy of the The Power of 100! (graciously donated by the publisher). The book obviously goes into more detail, but here is the basic criteria for creating your YORG.
• must be anchored deep inside you
• big enough to where you stretch your limits
• cannot be something you achieve everyday
• needs to have a clearly defined deadline
• shouldn't be something impossible
• may seem ridiculous to others
-Sample Travel YORG from the book: Visit and camp out with my family at every national park in the United States by May 6, 2032.-
I can't wait to see your YORGs!
*I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.