Are you lying down in the middle of the road?

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Obvious fact: You are most likely to get run over an automobile if you are in the habit of lying down in the middle of the road.

The middle of the road is a very dangerous place to be.

Yet in life and in the way that we express ourselves online, many of us have a tendency to congregate in the middle of the road. We play it safe, we soften our voices, we appease other people, we weaken the strength of our opinions — we refuse to do the deep and difficult work of continually asking ourselves some very uncomfortable questions.

Bizarrely enough sometimes we call this process of playing safe “editing”, we look at what we’ve written or what we truly want to say AND we examine it from multiple perspectives, we question whether it is too offensive, whether it is silly, excessively political, extra spiritual or too whatever…

And so we pull back from the edge of greatness and instead we choose to lie down in the middle of a busy road packed full of other ordinary voices.

Stop it, it’s time to push forward and not pull back, it’s time to grab ahold of the truth that has been given to you and start shouting it out with the full power of your God given voice!

 
 

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I hate to shock you, but you’re living a half-assed life

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Remaining safe in our friendships is a particularly dangerous thing to do, as 2014 draws to a close perhaps you’d like to join me in taking a friendship audit?
 

Your Friendship Audit:

  • How many of your friends have different colored skin?
  • How many speak another language?
  • How many have a different sexual orientation?
  • How many of your friends are from a completely different income group?

 
The hard truth is that we do not grow very much at all when we gather together with people who all look, think and experience the world in a similar way.

And for the record friendship, real friendship is NOT about being kind to someone different who works for you or serves you, it’s about a mutual acceptance, shared experiences and 100% respect.
 
P.S: Tweet the friendship audit to your friends here (Tweet).

 
 

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This is your real enemy

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
Pardon the warfare analogy but new territory is usually already occupied. Likewise new ground nearly always requires a conquering force before the people can safely settle there.

In our personal lives, if we want to extend our territory, if we want to expand who we are and have a greater impact on the world around us, then we are going to have to conquer the forces that already live there.

The greatest foe we will ever encounter in our lives is our own fear (Tweet).

It’s may seem like an oxymoron, but I would encourage you NOT to be afraid of your own fear in 2015.

Fear is by it’s very nature cowardly, run towards it boldly and it will shrink away into oblivion.

It’s time to get uncomfortable with the limitations that you’ve imposed upon yourself, it’s time to throw off that disquieting claustrophobic feeling that you’ve worn like a comfortable old bathrobe for far too long — our world is waiting for you.

 
 

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You have so much to offer.

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
If you want more in 2015, you are going to have give more.

What are you going to give, how are you going to invest, where are you going to invest?

Our victim (we all have one) ignores the concept of investment because he or she is convinced that what they have to offer the world is either inadequate or insignificant.

This is of course a grand lie spun in a web by the Master of Deception.

If you have a heartbeat, then you are valuable beyond measure – believe it! (Tweet).

Anyway, it is the small seemingly insignificant things that change our world through the breaking down of the barriers that separate one person from another.

Invests smiles, hugs, kind words or a listening ear on a continual basis in 2015 and watch your world expand one person at a time (Tweet).

 
 

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How to Make Failure Your Teacher In 2015

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
As we discussed in yesterday’s post, embracing failure is vital if you wish to grow.

Failure will crush you if you let it become your master, but she will serve you if you invite her to become your teacher (Tweet).

  • Do you seek to learn from your mistakes?
  • Do you look to learn from the mistakes of others?
  • Do you avoid making mistakes at all costs or are you secure in the knowledge that you can handle the consequences of any mistakes that you may make?
  • Do you forgive yourself when you fail or do you flail your soul with unhealthy self talk?

What’s the best mistake that you ever made and how did it shape who you are today?
 
 

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I hope you fail…

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 

“The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get.”

John Maxwell

 
Nothing will paralyze you more than a fear of failure.

It’s about time you gave up trying to succeed, it’s about time you put to bed that puritanical concept of perfection (Tweet).

Why not fail big? Why not try things that you’ve never done before, it’s the only way you are really going to learn and grow?

When I first arrived in the big metropolis of London many years ago, I spent my first 3 days deliberately trying to get lost; it was only through the process of continually getting lost that I overcame my fear of this strange new city.

If the fear of failure is keeping you small, then it is probably time that you stopped viewing failure as your enemy and began instead to embrace him as your friend.

 
 

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7 steps to turn your blog into your greatest “asset” in 2015

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
If you want to grow your presence in the digital space in 2015, then you may need to think about blogging more effectively — here are 7 ideas that could help. I’m doing a little experiment, please tweet the statement that is most helpful for you, who know we may even get a little viral buzz going.

 

1. Never blog to sell a product or a service, always blog to build trust and strengthen your relationships with others (Tweet).

2. Imagine that your blog is the only mechanism or method that you have at your disposal to influence the world — what would you say and how would you say it (Tweet)?

3. Don’t try and appeal to everyone with your blog, instead identify your favorite readers or clients and create content specifically for them (Tweet).

4. If you can’t write, don’t or learn very quickly, it’s imperative that you choose a communication style that best suits your personality and naturally reflects your own creative expression — you can take photographs, interview people, speak via video, share artwork etc, the options are endless (Tweet).

5. Authenticity is important, but you can be authentically boring, authentically narcissistic or authentically neurotic — so don’t simply seek to have an authentic voice, also seek to have a genuinely remarkable voice that is both compelling and impossible to resist (Tweet).

6. Great blogging is nearly always emotional, so work from a place of raw passion that desires to move people from one state to another — don’t just give information, that is a poor way to communicate (Tweet).

7. As with every interaction in life, the goal of every blog post is simply to build more trust, we do this through the mutual sharing of vulnerability, humor, adventure and passion –> trust is built through listening and sharing, and the process of engagement is impossible without these qualities. (Tweet).

 
 

To discover how a 90-minute session with me, could help you create a community that is also good for your business, read this.
 

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