Stop! Before You Start Anything This Year, Get Your Fix.

The 5 Steps to Helping You Get Your Personal Fix

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From The 5 Steps to Helping You Get Your Personal Fix. Use this workbook to help you focus your business, content creation or "Digital Know-how" strategies.

unlocking the worldIn the world of nautical and aerial navigation, mariners and aviators commit to a regular activity throughout their trip to determine something called a position fix.  Or, quite simply, a "fix."

In a nutshell, a fix is an hourly reading mariners and aviators take to determine their true geographic position.  (As opposed to a calculated/estimated position.)  But, rather than rely on instruments inside their ship to determine this position (called a "dead reckoning" position), a fix involves a special type of procedure that uses referenes outside the ship to determine position.  For example, celestial bodies, mountain peaks, light houses, sea buoys, satellites, etc. would all qualify as reference points for a fix.

The point here being that these professionals knew how important it was to occasionally -- and regularly -- employ a disciplined approach to comparing the ship's position against outside reference points to confirm whether or not they were still on the course they initially intended to follow (called a flight plan or intended track).

In a similar way, personal purpose and values statements can serve as your flight plan.  And, by periodically revisiting the plan and comparing it against external / objective reference points (e.g., business metrics, market dynamics, competitive positioning, SWOT analyses, and so on), you basically give yourself an opportunity to plot a personal position fix to make sure you're still on track with your intended plan.  Or, if not, then to determine whether or not a course correction -- or plan adjustment -- is required.

The PDF above is a free ebook in which I outlined the steps that can help you or someone you know focus and articulate their own fix, or statement of purpose.

Let me know if you find this helpful.  And, by the way, provided that you don't change any of its contents, you're otherwise free to pass along copies of the document above to others.

May you have a focused and prosperous new year!  :)

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2 Responses to Stop! Before You Start Anything This Year, Get Your Fix.

  1. Brenkt L. says:

    Nice.  I do this already, but the workbook did give one or two more ideas.  I like your idea also of giving away ebooks for free and then encouraging them to give it away again.  It a great way to get people to know about you.  I should be doing that too this year.  Great tips. Thanks.  

    • Mel Aclaro says:

      Thanks, B.L.  Glad it helped. Also, I agree with your observation; it is a good idea to get your ebooks out there.  For exactly the reason you said.  Make sure to include backlinks in it that go back to your site.   In that sense, it is indeed a great way to get noticed and increase traffic to your site.  And, not only that, but you get the nifty little byproduct of paying it forward and helping folks out with free / and hopefully useful content, to boot!  :)  

      Thanks for reading and taking time to comment.  :)

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