I've been wanting to write a book that combines my personal and professional experience ... a book that translates my personal belief into something more concrete and tangible ... a book that showcases how I can help people through my skills and personal journey combined. All the other books I've written are founded on my personal transformation.
Simplify to Intensify is my first book that represents both areas of my life: personal and professional, which also gives a clearer picture of who I am as a personal and professional development coach.
It came easy and not at the same time: easy because I was so ready to write it; not easy because it took a while to get to this point of dialing-in.
Wanting to write and not knowing what to write was my dilemma because there were just so many things I can write about. It took a trip to the Philippines to get me to where I needed to be ... a realization of how the simplicity of things can actually make it more impactful.
Prior to writing this book, I was already in the process of streamlining and downsizing, but I kept reaching a dead-end. I will be successful one day, only to find myself in the same 'lost' state as to what to prioritize. For those like me who wear different hats and whose minds are highly active, I know you can relate. From the number of social media accounts I have, to the different services I offer in business, to the various assignments and tasks in my hands, it was a crazy ride simplifying and consolidating.
I had three weeks to spend in the Philippines to do two things: spend time with my family and do the outreach I came there for. Being away from home kept things simple for me, yet the results were astounding. From the smallest detail to the big picture, everything turned out greater than the things I've done in the past that required so much work. I knew something switched in my brain. I was never the same again when I came home.
I started writing this book when I got back in April, and published it in August. I finished it earlier than expected because I was so ready for it. Everything I've written in my journal over the years came together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
As I began writing my book, I realized more than ever how relevant it is to what people are going through these days. There is a higher stress level than ever! And, the value of hard work of the previous generation is backfiring on the younger generation. Young people have gotten more laid back because they are so sick of how busy their parents were and still are.
We look at the younger people and scoff at their view of success, without realizing that we did this to them. The need for balance is crying and screaming out before our faces!
Simplify to Intensify is meant to keep that balance. We don't want stressed-out people, but we also don't want lazy ones. Finding that perfect balance is not simply a matter of following some set of rules but making sure that these rules are founded on solid principles that can stand the test of time.
I can go on and on talking about this book. I suggest you just get a copy.