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Charlie Gilkey

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Charlie Gilkey helps people start finishing the stuff that matters. He's the founder of Productive Flourishing, author of the forthcoming Start Finishing and The Small Business Lifecycle, and host of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Prior to starting Productive Flourishing, Charlie was a Joint Force Military Logistics Coordinator while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. He lives with his wife, Angela, in Portland, Oregon. ...more

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Charlie Gilkey This is always such a hard question for me to answer because it's rare that I lack the inspiration to write. I'm a non-fiction writer, so experience a…moreThis is always such a hard question for me to answer because it's rare that I lack the inspiration to write. I'm a non-fiction writer, so experience and living are my inspirations. I may not have the energy or the right brainspace, but the inspiration is usually there.

But, on those rare occasions in which I don't have something to say, my go-tos are:
1. Strike up a conversation with someone. Anyone, really. The conversation will always get me thinking about something to write.
2. Read something. Anything, really, as it'll make me think of something to write.
3. Go for a walk or do something active. It doesn't matter what it is ... it'll get me thinking about something to write.
4. Trick myself into writing a lot by writing a little. I call this the 300 Words Trick -- you can read more about it here: https://www.productiveflourishing.com...

Being inspired ≠ I automatically create the space to do so.

If I got to change or flip the question, I'd change it to "what do you need to do to become more curious, aware, or enthralled by what's going on around you such that writing is a byproduct of those rather than the reason you want to get inspired?"

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Find Your Focus By Widening Your View

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If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, while wobbling in Tree pose you may have heard your teacher say, “Find your drishti.”


Drishti is a Sanskrit word meaning “focus” or “gaze”, and is used in modern yoga classes to encourage students to find one point in front of them to focus on or to steady their gaze. For example, while in a standing balancing posture such as Tree pose, you may feel unsteady

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“Whatever your best work is, it’s something that only you can do. Only you have the set of experiences, expertise, skills, and perspectives to do it. In this great orchestra of creation of which we’re all a part, no one can play your instrument the way you do.”
Charlie Gilkey, Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done

“As with all dead things, holding onto it won’t keep it alive or change the fact that it’s useful time has come and gone. Hanging onto dead stuff has a higher psychic cost than most of us realize; in time, dead stuff does what trash and dead things do – it stinks”
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“The only thing that’s unique about the people who stand up and move forward is that they stand up and move forward.”
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