I’m quitting all my work in November!

I’m quitting all my work in November!

Category : Level Up

Don’t worry about me. This happens every year.

Every November 1, I stop all active work product and do a month long clean-up and planning session. I wanted to mention this to you, because, aside from my speaking events or maybe a new book that’s coming out, it’s one of the topics people ask me the most about.

Here’s a quick rundown on how I do this.
I have specific terminology for a lot of these items that I use in my classes, so if anything is unclear, reach out to me.

  • I stop doing any new creative work or starting new projects. Aside from time critical items, such as interviews or speaking engagements, everything goes on hold.
  • I pull out my Master Projects list so that I can modify it as needed. This is where I draw my 80-20-1 percent goals from through the year.
  • I pull out my Goals for the Coming Year list and modify it as needed. This is the document that drives everything I do. It covers all aspects of my life from spirituality to business.
  • I do a ‘spring cleaning’ of my hard drive and filing cabinets. A lot of crap accumulates, gets duplicated, or gets misfiled through the year. This is the time I get all medieval on my computer and hard copy files. It’s a time of both organization and purging. What I find in the files is what drives my Master Projects list.
  • I re-evaluate my daily life in all aspects. How is my morning routine? Does our homeschool need any revamping? etc, etc.

During this time, my office becomes an active hands-on mindmap, like something you’d see on…

I take most of the month to do all this and plan to be finished by Thanksgiving. This is so I can completely take Wednesday before Thanksgiving all the way to December 1 off work and just meditate on my plans for the coming year that I made earlier in the month. It’s a time of clarity for me.

Here’s what this does for me…

  • It sets my goals for the coming year BEFORE the year begins.
  • It alleviates a lot of pressure on me for wondering where my priorities are. I’m apt to start running in all directions trying to do everything at once if I don’t do this. Am I the only person that gets frazzled when there’s too many good ideas?
  • It allows me to get so much more done in the year.
  • Most of all, it helps me analyze which projects to trash or delay and which ones need to be top of the list.

If I can do anything to encourage you to take some time and plan, please let me know. You may not be able to take off an entire month. I mean, I worked years before I made this a routine. But if you can find some evening or weekend time, I promise it will be worth it.

Through this time I’ll update you a couple of times on what’s going on with the planning, so stay tuned for those e-mails.

Before I close, I have to give credit to two special friends for inspiring how I do my planning.
Kent Julian is the mastermind behind my goal-setting system. He teaches it in his speaker boot camp seminars, so check him out.
Dan Miller is the guru who inspired me to step back and plan the way I do. As a matter of fact, every year he publishes a free Goals Worksheet to help in the process. Click HERE to access that.

Dr. Redbeard

PS…I’ll have something special in store for a Cyber Monday e-mail, so make sure you check for it on Monday, November 26. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think would benefit from it.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





How Much Money Did Your Business Make in the First Month of the Year? Mine Made…

How wide open are you with your business and your numbers? How wide open do you need to be?

I just finished up an awesomely productive three days with Ryan McRae of ADHD Nerd. I profiled him recently in one of my Success Stories. We worked on a lot of things. I kept him on track a little and helped him escape to the Hot Chocolatier at the right moment. He helped me open up a new revenue stream.

We also shared lots of numbers and stats openly about how we do business. I’m talking income pluses and minuses, checkbook accounts, everything. It helped us both make better decisions about our respective futures.

That’s something I’ve always respected about my friend Dan Miller as well. On his podcast and his conferences, he’s always wide open about income from various streams he’s trying. He’s quick to say what works and why or why not.

I’m not saying you need to blab your financial secrets and stats all over the world on Twitter. What I am saying though, is that it might be good to find someone you can share these things with. Give it a try. A good friend or mentor might have some new insight that will help you level up.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





What the heck is Hot Chocolatier, you ask? I’ll answer it with a pic of the Squirrel I got. ‘Nuff said.


The image at the top of the blog was grabbed from Think Tank, one of my favorite comics, by Matt Hawkins, one of my favorite writers. The comic is one of those stories that’s so realistic it’s really scary.

Why Do So Many People Die Soon After Retirement?

In a recent podcast my friend Dan Miller talked about retirement and what that means for most people.

I wanted to sum up a few points that are very applicable to my coaching clients, but the link is below if you like to listen to the entire thing.


  • He encourages people to have a 25 year plan that includes life beyond retirement.
  • Build a life with courage and not one of ease.
  • Most retirees say they want a life that’s stress free and predictable. Most of the time that just turns into a life that’s boring.
  • If you want a future that doesn’t require any type of courage, you’ll start to die.
  • By desiring a life of ease you’re telling your body, mind, and spirit that they really aren’t needed anymore, and they start to deteriorate. You’ve essentially given yourself a death sentence.
  • Despite good health, good finances so many people die a few years into retirement.
  • Many retirees suddenly find themselves with no friends, no money, and no purpose. You’ll have a tough time getting up in the morning if those three things are absent.
  • And again…No matter how old you are, be planning the next 25 years.


The correlation between retirement and sudden death seems to be higher in the career paths I work with. Folks in high stress/high risk occupations seldom adjust well to a life of ease after years of adrenaline loading and uniformed service.

That’s where I come in. I help those folks find second careers or retirement options that feed their life of courage.

Here’s the link to Dan’s podcast. I highly recommend it. It’s one of the few that I listen to every week. Check into the 14 minute point for the section on retirement.

I fired my job

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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