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Jan 7Liked by Russell Nohelty

Right now, I'm at a 4. I'm getting my four-months-long bout of insomnia under control. But I have to admit, I grieved on New Year's Eve for 2023. Yeah, it'd been a hard year: big diagnosis, forced retirement layoff, and my insomnia, but the dread I felt at 2024's "ready or not here I am," just felt like an insurmountable burden. Thank goodness I got a handle on the insomnia. Finally. So that takes my ranking up to 4.

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This is very relatable. I hated 2023, but I feel nothing but dread for 2024. Hope this year is better for you and glad your insomnia is at least under control.

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3.5? 3.75? Just left the house yesterday for the first time in two weeks after the first of four people (out of five) started falling like dominoes to Covid.

I’ve spent the last two weeks caring for sick children or sick myself and slowly, slowly recovering physically — but mentally in a decent place. We’re quieting the house of Christmas decor this weekend and resuming normal school and work schedules on Monday, so I’m feeling hopeful I’ll be at a solid 4 by then. 😅

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Hope so too!

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

2. I am not doing so well , yet. 2024 is the year to make something of myself. I have three projects to finish, as well as my webpage. Just keepin', keepin' on!

Mike J

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Sorry to hear that. Hope next week is better!

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Good wishes, Mike.

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

I am feeling 5!! I took a few weeks off during the holidays and when 2024 rolled around, I couldn't wait to get back to it. Already sent back revisions to my editor.

My word for 2024 - EMERGING. That's what I will be doing.

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Woooot!

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I’m at 4 right now...but that’s likely because it’s the weekend. On Monday I’m predicting I’ll be back at 2-3 with a steady rise as another weekend approaches...

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Relatable.

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

I’m feeling the 4. It’s been a good week creatively, copyedits on the new book are going well. Just a wee bit overwhelmed with the stack of books to be read, something I promised I wasn’t going to do to myself this year, and being pulled in too many directions on a few projects I’m trying to wrap up. Working hard on BALANCE this year, because I want to do less, more meaningful work. Happy New Year, Russell. Thanks for the amazing resources.

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Noice!

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I’m feeling some trepidation about 2024 myself. Still have to concentrate on doing the things we have control of. I wish you so much luck with your next Kickstarter. I feel so fortunate to be able to participate in the one you just finished. Looking forward to receiving the books!

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I am excited for you to read it! Thanks :)

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Hey Russell, appreciate the shout! “Expect excellence, and let the universe foist it upon you” 😂

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I love that

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I'm a 5! I'm not big on "new year new me" sentiments, but I do love the planning energy that comes with a new year (also new month and new week, to a lesser extent). I'm plotting and scheming, and loving it!

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Yay!!!

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

Thanks Russell for including me 🙏🏼👏 appreciate your resource 🥂

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Thanks for writing a great piece!

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I feeling a 3. I just came back from my first solo trip so maybe I'm just jet lagged but the trip was a disappointment. What I thought was going to be the start of traveling more turned out to leave me feeling dejected. And now I have to go back to work in a few days. It was a new experience nevertheless and I learned a lot.

Thanks for asking!

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Jan 6·edited Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

At the end of the year, everyone on Facebook (sorry, Russell) was posting about clearing out the negatives of 2023. I thought, "What negatives? What was wrong with 2023?" When my husband finally recovered enough from his surgeries in January and May to finally be able to drive again in July, I began to forget the pain, much like I have forgotten the less-than-pleasant experiences of three C-sections, now that my kids are grown.

I had a plan for the new year. It was massive and scary and meant a lot of work. My plan for December was to take the whole month off, meaning no meetings, no appointments, fancy free, and work on my plans for the new year when or as much or little as I wanted. I barely got a few hours off per day during Christmas week (the best-laid plans, phooey), but that was enough to put me behind for this first week of January. I planned to stop working on weekends, and here I am crafting a sales page for a new course I had NOT planned on, on a Saturday.

I'm actually feeling fine. Encouraged, even. I have a few people already interested in the course, and I haven't even created it yet. There's more work ahead than I bargained for. But I'm an eternal optimist. I believe I can do it before I kill myself from overwork and stress. I do. So I'm gonna say, YES! I'm doing great!

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

PS: I totally believe you use the word foisted in casual conversation. I do.

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That doesn’t surprise me at all :)

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LOL

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I got long COVID and it took everything from me and I almost lost two companies

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

Ouch! My husband got that in 2020, and there are still lingering effects. I'm still bitter about the fact that they wouldn't even test him because his symptoms weren't yet recognized. I can't prove that it led to the problems for which he endured two surgeries, but it wouldn't surprise me. There are also continuing problems related to the fact that he spent most of six months in bed last year because of the surgeries.

I'm sorry that happened to you. Thank goodness for the 'almost', instead of the actuality.

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Jan 6Liked by Russell Nohelty

“ “All of those things I foisted on future Russell are coming back to bite him right now that that person is me.”

Yeah. I have a list of things my accountant needs done ASAP. If only I had worked in it a little bit each month, but no! I saved all the fun for this weekend.

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I use quickbooks self employed through the year and so it’s a breeze

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My constant intention to do the accounting each month is also constantly what falls by the wayside first.

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Thanks for the shoutout!

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You’re welcome

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Oh no! I’m glad you learned from it I guess but wish you had a better time

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I am new to publishing and writing. What is this about? Most of us, when we are young, have a great many goals and desires that drive us. Reaching is about being ambitious. As we mature, as we change; we cultivate fresh ideas and enjoy the fruits of our work. We strive and have a passion to get to the end, but we change so that we understand that when the harvest is done… there is more to do. Getting to the top is rewarding, but then what? Hitting a goal can be anticlimactic. There are more fields to plow, more mountains to climb and instead of being goal conscious we become growth conscious. Ambition is a course that teaches us about reaching and stretching so the growth continues long after the desire is fulfilled.

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What is what about?

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