Friday, March 22, 2013

Hold Me Accountable for My Stupid Dream

Why is it that the things we most desire to do are often the things we put off doing the most? Richie and Natalie Link Norton explore this idea in their new book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid. (Click HERE to visit their website or go to to read great reviews about this #1 selling masterpiece.) While this isn't a book review, I have to admit, the advice in the book did make me examine myself and what I know I REALLY should be doing with my time. Not only is it what I should be doing, it is what I have always wanted to do, so why haven't I done it yet??

The Nortons explore the concept of procrastination in a way I have never thought of before. "Procrastination is the counterproductive act of choosing to postpone doing something important for a later time." Ouch, that hits close to home. Why do we procrastinate the things that mean the most to us, or the things that we really want to do?  

To make it very personal, why have I let fear and procrastination keep me from writing a book when I know in my heart it is my dream and what I want to do??

Thanks to many encouraging family and friends, and to the Nortons for some incredibly motivating reasons to get going, I am finally going to do it. I am jumping in with 2 feet to fulfill my "Stupid" dream. 

Another thing I learned from the book is that all of us are more likely to keep personal commitments when we are accountable to others. (That is why I always complete my work for my employer, but don't always complete the things on my own wish list.)

I am now publicly admitting that I am writing a book

It still terrifies me to declare it openly, but now I can ask YOU to hold me accountable. Feel free to check in from time to time and ask me about my project and the progress I am making. Better yet, give me some deadlines for chapters, and I promise, if you ask for them, I will email you a draft to read.

Here's to getting in high gear and moving forward with my Stupid dream. What dreams do you want to realize?? Read the book if you are in need of a kick-start to your next project or idea!


  1. How far into it are you? That is very cool. And indeed probably scary. But you can do it. YOu have a lot to tell. And i think there are so many people out there that could use a "see if i can kick all this in the butt , you can too" motivation. Good for you. And go get moving. Expecting chapter 3 by summer...:)

  2. YAY! I'm excited for you. I found you through Richie Norton. I just had him on my radio show. WRITE THE BOOK. I love the concept of Life Under Construction...great premise, and chances are its already written, you have some great content here.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I appreciate the kind comment. Richie Norton is great, I bet he was fantastic on your show. Best of luck to you, as well! Jodi

  3. Jodi I am so excited to read your book! You go!

  4. So exciting! I can't wait to read it. I'm willing to bet a good portion of it is written already. Go you!