The resistance thing I wrote about is an adaptation and expansion on the subject based on Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art.” If you’ve never read that Paulette, then you’re doing yourself a MASSIVE disservice. I go back through it about once a year.

I also don’t use planning software! I have a planner/notes/goal tracker’all-in-one actually.

There’s something about putting pen to paper. I tried all the electronic ones, but I’m that weird Millennial who was like, THIS IS BULLSHIT! I couldn’t stay on track, and I even missed appointments in though I had them in an app. My wife and I did some counseling end of year to check in after 5 great years of marriage, and we discovered I remember stuff when I do it in a tactile manner. I’ve discovered people like tangible things too. It’s why we all have Amazon Prime so we can get ze goodiez in 2 days and be happy. All that said, I use Ink and Volt’s 2017 planner and it’s been amazing these past 2 weeks. I’ve been slaying.

As far as discipline? A lot I inherited from my 11 years in the military, but these are the people I look to the most.

  1. Dave Ramsey for Money issues (that should be a given. In March, the only debt I will have is my student loans and that will be paid off in a year! When my wife and I first got married, we paid off 10K of debt in 6 months using his stuff.)
  2. Josh Riebock — Josh is actually one of my best friends, but also a Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author. He’s who taught me to write and gave me my first writer’s journal. He taught me the discipline of being creative, editing and scrapping, writing often, and is kind of like a pocket-Yoda when I need him. He’s also one of those Hemingway writer types. I called him once when he was writing a book. He had been staying in a cabin in Michigan for a month, and told me he hadn’t showered in a week, wore a robe most days, slept on the floor, and ate vienna sausages out of a can. WTFFFFFF.
  3. Dr. Timothy Keller — You want to grow in areas of meditation, as do I. Mine is more in line with my faith, and no one has been as influential as Keller. A modern day C.S. Lewis, he draws on secular and academic research and often appeals to young New York intellectuals (even being asked to speak at Google). His podcasts are absolutely stunning and heady, yet simple enough for the layman to understand. He receives high praise from skeptics and both the liberal and conservative Christian church. It was said of him, “Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.”
  4. Andy Baxter — Baxter is the lead singer of folk-duo Penny & Sparrow. He got me deep into tattoos and our initials are actually tattooed on each other’s arms (I now have a 3/4 sleeve, my chest done, both ribcages, and numerous other tattoos). Years ago we were two guys that were friends wanting to write and sing. Andy packed up his gear, hopping in his car and started touring come hell or high water. His perseverance even when he was playing small venues to where he is today is impressive and when we get on the phone he continues to inspire.
  5. Jake Luhrs — Jake is technically my boss, but is also the lead singer of Grammy nominated metal band, August Burns Red. Jake’s story of resiliency growing up and his love for his fans is absolutely unheard of. Not only is he a rockstar, but he started a non-profit (which I work for) dedicated to mental health and loving people in the metal industry, but also started a fitness company. Prolific doesn’t begin to describe it.

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