In the leadership program I’m currently in, we create everything as a “game.”
Even things that we might normally call “work” in daily life are created instead as games.
Since everything is created in language, this simple shift in terminology from “projects” and “goals” to “games” is more powerful than you might think.
Think about it…
What we know about the structure of a game is that:
They have rules
They have players
There’s a scoreboard
It’s clear when you’ve won, as well as when you’ve lost
You can’t always win
Games are fun!
What’s powerful about generating our tasks and projects as games is that this tends to eliminate a lot of fogginess and uncertainty about setting goals and managing projects in general.
Everything I’ve said about games is applicable to goals and projects. They have rules and players, there’s a scoreboard, it’s obvious when you’ve completed the project (or at least it should be), and you don’t always reach your goals.
But what about “fun” you ask?
That’s up to you. But the shift in terminology can help. The change from “I have three goals I’m working on” to “I’m playing three games” is more significant than you might think.
Now, practically speaking, this may sound or appear irresponsible to those around you.
“You’re playing games? I thought you had work to do. Don’t flaunt your privilege!”
Let them in on the secret you’ve discovered. That everything in life is a game. Because when you create your projects as games, the murkiness tends to go away. Plus, you have more fun on the journey to getting to where you want to go in your music career.
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Only two months ago, there was no team. Only connections and relationships that were at the beginning stages of forming, or collaborations that had yet to develop.
Now we have a small community of amazing people that chip in and pitch in as they’re able. And the community is growing.
Only two months ago, I didn’t have many collaborators.
Now I have a team that writes press releases and articles, designs banners, shares my content on their blogs, interviews me for their blogs, promotes our projects on social media, and more.
And when I look at all we’ve accomplished to this point, and all we can accomplish together, I couldn’t be more grateful. Results be damned. I can’t control them anyway. I acknowledge and celebrate my team, regardless of results. Because the team is amazing.
In a time when I’ve felt exhausted, anxious, even panicked at times (and the darkness can so easily set in) – I’ve had to remind myself, “I get to work with these amazing people!” And the level of support I’ve received and felt has been nothing short of touching and inspiring (and now I know what it means to receive).
I see how far we’ve come, and how much further we can go.
I’ve also gotten to see just how far I am from perfect, though it’s an arbitrary concept to begin with. And I get to admit it anyway, which is more freeing and liberating than one might be inclined to think.
I get to learn and to discover. To open myself and my projects to criticism and feedback. To assess different ideas. To see what works, and what doesn’t. It’s a playground. It’s a game. And I get to play.
I forget that sometimes. Some days it feels too much like work. And collaborating with my team is the furthest thing from work. It’s play.
As with any other game, we get to strategize, to try different approaches, and evaluate our score against our promised outcomes. It’s fun.
So, I acknowledge and celebrate my team. And I acknowledge myself for taking a chance to build it.
When presented with the choice of doing something hard or doing something easy, most people choose to do something easy.
And this tendency shows up everywhere in our lives, including things we aren’t complete with, and still need to deal with.
If you want to cause a breakthrough, you can’t keep chipping away at the easy. You can’t be satisfied with incremental improvement. You must confront the monster you’ve tried to keep behind closed doors.
Today, I was talking with a friend who wasn’t moving forward powerfully in her life.
So, I offered some coaching. It was difficult for her to dig where she didn’t want to dig. She’d been stuck in the same pattern for a long time.
When I could see plainly that she was capable of so much more, as someone who’s up to something in the world.
I knew that she didn’t really want to look at what I was pointing to. But I poked around a little anyway, knowing that it would hurt a little. Because the pain of not moving forward would surely be greater than dealing with whatever was there for her.
As she kept looking, she started to see what was there for her. Unsurprisingly, it had a lot to do with her childhood and upbringing.
Eventually, she saw why she wasn’t doing anything with the projects that were supposed to be so important to her.
That would not have happened if we had dealt with the surface. It happened because I kept digging, and ultimately, because she kept digging where she didn’t want to dig. I can’t take credit for the breakthrough. Only for the stand I’d made for her.
Stop looking for gold on the surface. It’s time to go deeper. That’s where the hard stuff is. And the hard stuff is where we have breakthroughs.
You don’t need everyone to share your vision. You only need the people who are touched, moved, and inspired by it. And the more specific the vision you’re living into, the better. It makes it easier to identify those who see what’s possible.
All too often, we are surprised to find others aren’t excited about the same things we’re excited about. So, we let that lack of agreement set us back. We begin to question our motives and lose confidence in our direction.
But you don’t need agreement from everyone. You just need agreement from those who share in the vision.
Every day, you are creating your world. And you are creating it with the words you speak. Are you present to what you’re saying?
Pay close attention to the conversations you’re having. Because they always reflect your present circumstances. They are indicative of what you’re creating.
If you want to transform your circumstances, begin having different conversations.
With that, here’s what I created for you this week:
My Top Picks of the Week
I do a ton of publishing every week. So much so that most people can’t keep up (it’s one of the reasons I started creating these weekly digests).
Well, if the weekly digest is the 80/20, then my top picks of the week are the 64/4. The best of the best.
Here are (in my opinion) the best pieces I created this week:
There’s a personal development program I’ve been through three times, and each time I go through it, I learn more about myself and what matters most to me. I’ve also been able to improve my health, grow my business, and challenge myself intellectually.
On July 28, I will have published daily for a full year.
And what a journey it’s been. I can’t wait to share everything that has transpired since I started down this road.
Of course, I’ve had a lot of thoughts on what I want to do next, whether I want to continue to flow my energies into publishing daily, and what the future of this site (DavidAndrewWiebe.com) will be.
So, here’s the picture I see forming.
What I’m Planning for DavidAndrewWiebe.com
I’m thinking about turning DavidAndrewWiebe.com into a news site of sorts.
I will continue to publish in-depth, high-quality articles on a variety of topics related to creativity and entrepreneurship, as I’ve already been, but I’ve been thinking about incorporating bits from social media, other blogs, tools I use, and more.
I can’t see myself creating all the content on my own, so I might ask other writers whether they’d like to see their posts on my site, hire writers, solicit guest writers, publish a higher volume of shorter pieces, or otherwise.
I guess what I’m saying is – I’m thinking about turning this into a magazine site, with articles, news items, audio (podcasts), visual content (Instagram, YouTube, etc.), and recommended products or resources.
Currently, the site doesn’t get enough traffic to benefit from ads, so I probably won’t be aggressive with advertising, and instead focus on creating banners promoting my own products and services. I will probably use these banners across my other sites too.
Why Turn DavidAndrewWiebe.com into a News Site?
I have other sites serving different functions.
Music Entrepreneur HQ is my music business authority site and home to my podcast. Although I might begin publishing a higher volume of content there, for the most part, I just want to focus on in-depth, high-quality authority content moving forward.
Content Marketing Musician is home to my courses and coaching programs. Ultimately, it will be developed as my membership site for independent musicians. At some point, I might begin creating content for Content Marketing Musician, but the membership site alone will be a significant undertaking, so that time might be a way off.
Which means I can use DavidAndrewWiebe.com and Music Entrepreneur HQ to direct traffic to Content Marketing Musician. This is basically what I’ve been doing so far, and so long as I stay on top of communicating what’s available, it seems to work.
I could leave DavidAndrewWiebe.com alone for a while, and focus on other projects, but I’ve already created some momentum here, so why not ride the wave?
How is This Complementary to Your Other Projects?
The great part about looking at my sites as separate but connected entities, is that they can each serve a different function in the overall mission of inspiring creatives and creators.
Yes, there’s still a heavy music focus. But I’ve also posted a lot of pieces that are creativity, personal development, spirituality, or entrepreneurship oriented on DavidAndrewWiebe.com – not to say that this content isn’t applicable to any creative or creator.
But that’s kind of the point. I can share with, and help a broader creative audience here on DavidAndrewWiebe.com, while serving the music community (a big passion of mine) at Music Entrepreneur HQ and Content Marketing Musician. I can write about anything I want, and no one’s going to look at me like I’ve got a third leg.
I can also develop and launch a series of products on topics I know a lot about to help the creative community at large (podcasting, self-publishing, digital marketing, advertising, social media, and so forth).
DavidAndrewWiebe.com can be a hub where people come to learn about the latest happenings and items of interest in my world, as well as the creative world at large.