Because I have so much free time…

There is a part of me that thinks I’m nuts to be starting what is essentially a third blog a couple of days before I head out to Hawaii for what will be almost a month away from home, some of it with my family and some without.  But there’s another, larger part of me that’s really excited about this – a forum to explore all my “philosophies” of happiness and success in the midst of the real world process of releasing my new book out into the world.

I did a similar blog for my first book back in 2006, which I called “Project Bestseller”, and while the content of that blog seems to have disappeared off our servers, I enjoyed writing it and did so faithfully right up until the day You Can Have What You Want hit number one on the UK charts.

Although this is my fourth published book, it’s the first time where I haven’t had clear goals for how many copies I wanted the book to sell or how many people I want it to reach.  I just kind of want to have fun getting the message out there- that our experience of life is created by thought, not circumstance; that we are a part of a larger unfolding; that there is an energy and intelligence behind life that will work through us to accomplish amazing things if we let it; and that our capacity for new thinking and with it new possibilities for experience is vast and never-ending.

I’m excited about this book as a vehicle for sharing that message, and I’ve been heartened by the way people have responded so far, particularly those I’ve asked for testimonials.  In a funny way, it’s made me realize that many of the testimonials people have written for my past books have been as much about supporting me as loving the book.  While I’m deeply appreciative of that support, this time around, I haven’t just received “sure, I’ll give you a testimonial” emails.  I’ve received unsolicited texts and phone calls raving about it, and had a late night email chat with one of my heroes who asked me if I’d read “The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment” by Thaddeus Golas as my book reminded him so much of it.  (I did read it, about twenty five years ago, but I’m looking forward to reading it again to see if I can see the connection.)

The Scottish life coach and author Ali Campbell, a longtime student, apprentice, and friend, asked me yesterday if I didn’t really have “a secret goal for how many copies the book would sell”.  I laughed, because I knew exactly what he meant – we self-help authors have a nasty habit of saying “I just want to make a difference to as many people as I can” while secretly spending our days online watching our self-esteem go up and down with our Amazon rankings.  But to my delight, this time around I couldn’t find too many insecure thoughts hiding in my psyche.

I’m sure some will pop up, and I’ll do my best to voice them as they do in this blog.  But in the meantime, I’m just happy to have a place to share my thoughts and experiences and people who are interested enough to show up and listen.  Because I have so much free time… :-)

5 Responses to “Because I have so much free time…”

  1. Robert Gannon March 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Michael,
    thank you so much for all you do. I’ve been a certified practicing coach for the past 5 years and you have been one of my great teachers. I’m really looking forward to this book. I have kind of coached around this approach but listening to your show and reading these bits about the book, I’m just excited to gain this knowledge and hopefully help some people down the road. Your knowledge, approach, and level of success continues to be of great inspiration to me as I continue to sail on my journey.

  2. Helen Harrison March 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Hi Michael

    I look forward to reading your blog. I have already enjoyed reading and listening to some of your other material on the inside out world, and am gently developing my antennae for outside in thinking etc! And, of course, inside out thinking too.

    In listening to Coaching from Inside Out and Living from Inside Out, I am now acutely aware that our language encourages an outside in view. For instance I know I sometimes say ‘how’s life treating you?’ or ‘isn’t the weather miserable?’ (well I do live in the UK and we’ve had a pretty wet winter!) when the weather isn’t miserable!

    So now I’m just noticing this and hopefully my language will naturally change as time goes by. Thank you.

  3. Steve M Nash March 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Micheal, I also have a lot of free time. And it’s no accident, either. But… The difference between you and I right now is that my thoughts about this freedom I have don’t feel good to me; e.g.

    – “Shouldn’t you be doing something ‘important’ rather than just being ‘free’?”, or
    – “The (western) world (and his mother) is so busy, what gives you the right to be so idle?”, or…
    (You get the idea.)

    Still, after being in the conversation with you for the last few months (thanks!), after looking in a different direction for the answers – i.e. inside – I take these thoughts (all thoughts) less seriously than I used to do. Which is good. And I find myself engaged in ‘right’-action more and more – i.e. action that just feels right, in the moment (though, I was doing such action, before I checked my email, clicked the link, and started writing this comment – oops!).

    I think I will be cured of my thinking re my “un-busy life” (when I stop putting words in parantheses all the time)! :-)

    Look forward to reading the new book, and to hearing you speak in person on Apr 8th

    With love,
    Steve

  4. Andrew J March 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Michael,

    Was a pleasure to meet you alongside Robert Holden in London last year.

    I’m very much looking forward to being part of The Inside Out Revolution!

    Our thoughts can change our lives, and our world, for the better.

    With love,

    Andrew.

  5. Elizabeth Darcy Jones March 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Michael

    Like Steve, so looking forward to hearing you in London next month. I love the inside out approach. The way you honor the mind at the same time as affectionately laughing at its foibles and our frustrations with it is so infectious!

    And best of all pointing out the gentle nature of the natural marriage between doing and not-doing, stillness and movement. Wow! That makes life love and love life…despite all the crap!

    Life for me currently consists of being thoroughly immersed in ‘sunspots’ (my word for deadlines) and relishing the roller-coaster adventure of being back in the purposeful business world. I had ten years of doing ‘non-doing’ and being ‘a creative’. Big relief that ‘doing’ is no different from ‘non-doing’…

    with love and thanks

    Elizabeth

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