A man’s journey through midlife crisis and self-transformation. PART 2 of 6

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PART 2: Old Dave: First Half of MY LIFE. “CAPTAIN COMFORT ZONE” (1965 – 2015)

DRAFT

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing grows there”

I have taken book self-publishing to a whole new level!
At least for my FIRST Draft of my first BOOK.
I am self-publishing (a.k.a. sharing each of the chapters with YOU)
via. …….
LinkedIn
Facebook

and my website
Link to my website

I am self-publishing my first draft of my book.
ONE Chapter at a time.
All 28 chapters, ONE at a time.

I started on Monday December 18, 2017.
I plan on finishing on Monday January 22, 2018 (my 53rd Birthday).

What is the name of the book? YOU might ask

Well, it is called;
Tell Me Why I Now Love Mondays (At least most of the time 😊)

 What is it all about? YOU might ask
In general, it is all about Making and Maintaining BOTH
personal and professional self-transformational change.
More specifically, it is;
A man’s journey through midlife crisis and self-transformation.

I am sharing my lessons learned; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
I am sharing what I leveraged and learned during that Journey to help YOU
move FARTHER and FASTER with YOUR Journey of change!

The links to the latest chapters are below.
Here is a little book excerpt that might explain the tie-in with Mondays!
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Oh! And Why am I picking on Mondays?

Oh, and, before I forget. One more thing. What made me decide to call this book “Tell me Why I now love Mondays”? Why am I picking on Mondays? Well, the short answer is, because they picked on ME. For a long time.

I let Monday’s do it to me but that is no excuse. Bad Monday! No wonder no one likes YOU. YOU are not nice. I feared Monday’s so much in the past that I could never fathom liking Mondays. Talk about a lack of willingness to question one’s beliefs, and questioning one’s beliefs is a key enabler to making a change.

My dread of Mondays got so bad at one point that I started drinking as early as Wednesday because I was starting to get anxious and depressed about the upcoming Monday. As previously mentioned, I would have started drinking earlier but my body could not process that much booze over that long a period. I could not drink on Tuesdays or Monday, ironically, the day I needed my self-medication the most. Apparently, I was not alone in my dislike for Mondays.  As outlined in my blog “Not Dave’s Top 5 List. TOP 5 Reasons Why NOT Everyone Hates Mondays” I was only able to find 2 people so far who did not share that feeling and I wanted to join them. In my case, to not only like Mondays but to Love them. And all the rest of the days of the week as well.

Well, I am getting close to that goal. Getting close to enabling that transition, that shift, that mind shift, and once I am there it will be time to maintain it. And what better way to maintain it than making it a habit. How cool a habit would that be? Getting up every day of the week, no matter what day of the week, Mondays included, and looking forward to that day, looking forward to having an awesome day. Here’s to making that one a habit. Monday! I am sorry for all the terrible things I said to you in the past, I am now looking forward to the start of a great relationship!

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I have just finished self-publishing
PART 2 of my Book:
Setting the stage. I believe introductions are in order
Chapters 7- 9

I have provided you with a short description
and link to each of them below.

Feel free to take a peek at one or more
Hopefully there is a little something in the book
to Inspire and/or Empower YOU on YOUR Journey of change!

Feedback most welcome.
The Final version of the book should be out in the spring
Reach out, if you would like me to put aside a copy for YOU 😊

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Enjoy the read(s)!
Enjoy YOUR Journey!

Chapter 7: My First Half of My LIFE: Searching for Success!

In today’s Chapter, Chapter 7, I share with you the story of the first half of my LIFE a.k.a. my quest for Success. “Keeping up with the Joneses” was pretty much my strategy to success during that first half of my life.  An approach, very much in line with what Bob Buford was describing in his book “Halftime” as the “success” focused first half of one’s life. The “significance” focused second half would have to wait.

The Link to Chapter 7 of MY FIRST BOOK

Chapter 8: The making of Captain COMFORT ZONE (A.k.a. “Old Dave”).

In today’s Chapter, Chapter 8, I am sharing a few of the many personas and/or mindsets that I had developed on my way to becoming “Captain Comfort Zone”. They include; the Ostrich Guy (a.k.a. NON-EMOTION MAN), the CAVE MAN Guy, the CHECKLIST Guy, (a.k.a. the Lack of Self-Awareness Poster Boy), The Bi-Weekly Paycheck Guy (of the risk averse variety), The Yes Man Guy (a.k.a. Zero Boundaries Boy), The NON-CONFLICT Guy (avoid them and they will go away, at least, that is what I hoped) and the Scaredy Cat. Quite the nasty list. There are a few more in there as well. Feel free to take a peek. Enjoy the read!

The Link to Chapter 8 of MY FIRST BOOK

Chapter 9: Storm clouds on the Horizon. Coming up on MY NASTY TIME in MY NASTY ZONE

In today’s Chapter, Chapter 9, I explore the importance of maintaining one’s personal and professional foundations by sharing my story of how my practice of not maintaining either of them was going to lead me into a new phase of my life journey, a phase that I am now referring to as my NASTY time in my NASTY zone.  Feel free to take a peek. Enjoy the read!

The Link to Chapter 9 of MY FIRST BOOK

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  • Gail McDonald
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    Your words are an inspiration to me! I love the vulnerability you offer and as a “chick” not a “dude” I find you so very relatable.
    Thank you for sharing your heart!

    • Dave
      Reply

      Wow. Thanks so much for sharing such kind and inspiring words with me Gail.
      I have invested a lot of time in both understanding and sharing my story (a.k.a. book)
      Although the exercise has been of benefit to me, I am really hoping to inspire and empower others as well,
      so that they can also benefit from my lessons learned
      So thank you!

      On the “dude” front.
      Although the story is of a Man’s journey of self-transformation, my hypothesis is that,
      most, if not all, of the practices that I leveraged to make and maintain the change, can be used by both
      Martians (i.e. Men) and the denizens of the planet Venus (i.e. Women).
      Your point on “relating” is quite encouraging in that regards.
      So, once again, thanks for sharing Gail, sharing your heart 🙂

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