What the heck is GAYT, you ask?
It’s my new book series called Get Ahead of Your Time, acronym’d down to GAYT. Now that the Everything’s a Project (and Everyone’s a Project Manager) series has been completely published, I’m on to the next one…and this is the one that I think will really change peoples’ lives for the better.
I have been working on this concept in one form or another for pretty much the entire time I’ve been in the working world. But only over the past several years have I begun using the same homegrown methodology I use to tackle projects, to tackle peoples’ real life Overwhelm, and without fail – assuming the person I’m coaching really is in for the penny and the pound – every single time.
I’d like to share with you a small excerpt from the Introduction to GAYT Book 1: Review What You Do, to give you an idea of what you’ll find in the series. The first book is currently on pre-order at Amazon in Kindle format. The paperback will follow.
Helping people, finally being able to give back after nearly sixteen years of doing this for a living, is really my passion now. So without further ado, I introduce you to Get Ahead of Your Time…your GAYT-way to success.
If you bought this book, some part of you is looking for help. If you are reading these words, you may have a silent war going on inside you about the thing(s) you need help fixing, because fear makes you worry about what happens if you tackle it, or fear makes you think you couldn’t possibly succeed or fear grabs you by the short hairs and tells you that you’re no one special and have no right to think you deserve anything better.
I’m here to tell you that you, like every other of us magical creations called homo sapiens, do deserve the world. And if you’re mired in the POO, then I can show you how to get out of it. But you must do the steps. You must follow along and complete the exercises. And at the end of it all, you must put what you have learned and completed into action. Otherwise, file this book away with all the other self-help books that you will say haven’t helped you. Not because they weren’t helpful, but because they can’t change your life. Only you can. My only role is to share with you the tools for doing so.
First, I must ask you to be your own BFF. In this case, however, that doesn’t stand for Best Friends Forever or Best Furry Friend. Here is what I’m getting at:
This will only work if you’re not trying to learn the bits and pieces of GAYT whilst looking after your toddler or with the television on or when you’re likely to have constant interruptions from one source or another. Be all-in. Find a time when you can turn off your phone – or hide it – for half-an-hour intervals, or longer. Wait ‘til the kids go to bed to read and set aside time to do the exercises. If your spouse thinks you’re being an idiot, do it when he or she isn’t home, if there is such a time block. Commit. Commit to doing this not for me…after all, you’ve bought the book already so whether you read it or not is technically neither here nor there as far as I’m concerned, right? Wrong. None of this is for me at all, it’s for you. And I actually do give a you-know-what whether you are successful because I know you can be.
I care. As you read my words, know that I’m speaking to you in this book the same way I’d be talking with you if you were sitting right in front of me alone in a one-on-one conversation. I want to help you, but I’m a harsh mistress, as they say…ever heard of tough love? If you Google the definition, you’ll get “promotion of a person’s welfare, especially that of an addict, child, or criminal, by enforcing certain constraints on them, or requiring them to take responsibility for their actions.”
I’m not saying you’re an addict, child or criminal. But I pull no punches. I have heard everything before, I think, so I will probably inadvertently be pushing some of your buttons and will make you uncomfortable and may even make you throw the book across the room. (Not your e-reader, please…I don’t fancy being sued for new Kindles every time someone loses self-control!) But I do this because I truly, honestly, deeply and sometimes painfully feel your angst, pain and misery. I want to help you out of it. But I cannot help you if you are not willing to help yourself. It’s like the drowning man who fights the lifeguard so hard that he winds up drowning them both. Don’t fight it. Don’t fight me. Go with it. Realize and believe that you do have someone who cares about YOU…and that’s me.
Now let’s be like Nike and just do it.
If this small preview sounds like something that you’d find helpful, please don’t hesitate to check out the first book, available right now for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. The paperback version will be released on July 2nd.