I have an e-mail newsletter that seems to have had multiple false starts. I think I finally found a format that both works for me (i.e., it's sustainable and easy to maintain) and offers something of value to subscribers.
It's The Passion Catalyst (tm) Question of the Week. Short, easy to digest, and thought provoking (you can subscribe here). Here's what I wrote in the first e-mail...
I want to ask you a question. In fact, I want to ask you a whole bucketload of questions!
Questions are powerful portals to insights, understanding, and action.
In my one-on-one coaching, I don't give people the answers. I ask them the questions that help them find their own answers. The answers they find for themselves are always much more relevant, compelling, and sustainable than any answers someone sitting on the outside looking in can give them.
With that in mind, I have decided to create a "question-of-the-week" e-newsletter. Each week I will offer up a question for you to explore, along with a short elaboration on it. I've touched on this week's question before, but it's an important one, so here it is again...
Question of the Week
Monday, July 9th, 2007
Q: How do I measure success?
Most of us grew up in a culture where success had a pretty simple definition. It was tied to money, status, and power. If you achieved that, you were a success. Simple, right?
simple. And that's the problem. When you think of all the facets of your life –
work, health, relationships, spirituality, etc. – that’s a pretty narrow and
Take a look at how you currently measure success. What if you took the traditional definition and chucked it out the window? How would you measure success? What are the different areas of your life that are important to take into consideration?
What steps would you take to move towards that success?
! Spend some time exploring this week’s question, but don’t treat it like an abstract intellectual exercise. To make it really count, when you've fully explored the answer to the question, ask yourself:
- What have I learned that’s important in how I want to live my life?
- How is what I’ve learned relevant to where I am and where I want to go?
- What concrete steps can I take to incorporate what I’ve learned into my life?
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM