Do you want to know the real magic word when it comes to personal development?
It might surprise you. It sure got me thinking when Dan Erickson shared it with me.
Read more from Dan below. If you don’t know Dan, he is a college instructor, a single dad, a musician, and a writer. He’s written hundreds of poems and songs and two books: A Train Called Forgiveness and At The Crossing of Justice and Mercy. Read his advice below and then
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When Matt asked me to write a post on personal development the first thing that came to mind was:
“Really? Personal development? Why me, Matt?”
That’s right. My first thought was that I am definitely not qualified to write about personal development. After all, what have I accomplished in life? I’m just a college instructor who’s written a couple of books that have sold less than a couple hundred copies. Personal development? Me?
The second thing that came to mind was a word:
What is your Locus of Control?
Huh? My what of what?
Don’t worry, we’ll get to what that is and why it’s important soon. But first…
A few weeks ago I wrote a guest post for Dan Erickson’s blog entitled Take the Sixty-Day Blog Challenge.
I asked Dan to do a follow-up post…and explain the Locus of Control. In addition to blogging, Dan also writes songs, poetry and has written two books, A Train Called Forgiveness and At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy. He’s also an on-again/off-again runner like myself.
Take it away Dan!
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I am amazed at the community here.
Last month was a record month on my blog.
Highest number of hits.
Highest number of hits from social media shares.
Highest number of unique visitors.
Highest number of comments.
By any metric possible, it was a great month, so I wanted to say thank you…
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It’s important to start, but success is always found in the finish.
You’ve heard the expression “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That is true, but there are approximately 2,154,999 more steps to go (seriously, I did the research…it’s more if you are shorter, less if you are taller). And those steps are just as meaningful.
With that in mind, I asked Dan Erickson to share with us how to be a finisher.
Dan teaches public speaking, mass media, and feature writing courses at a college in the Pacific Northwest. He blogs about writing and writing as a form of therapy at http://www.danerickson.net. He writes songs, poetry and has written two books, A Train Called Forgiveness and At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy. He’s also an on-again/off-again runner like myself.
You wake up standing naked in front of the class.
A ravenous lion is chasing you across the Serengeti.
Living on the streets with no money, no food, and no clothes.
Cancer. Falling from a tall building.
Those are your greatest fears, right?
Not according to studies which show that the most common fear people have is public speaking.
Odds are if you are reading this, at some point in your life you will have to deliver quite a few public speeches and Dan Erickson can help you. He is a “communication instructor” at a community college by trade. He is also a writer and blogs at www.danerickson.net.
I suppose that the 18th of the month is an appropriate time to say “Thank You” to my commenters for November. I try not to do more than one post each week without new self-generated content and with the flurry of guest posts (one last week, one tomorrow, and a few more coming up) I […]