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The Leap Of Your Life Book Cover Reveal

By | Books, News
Reading Time: 4 minutes

The Leap Of Your Life Book Cover Reveal

“Tommy, where have you been? I haven’t seen you much doing live videos and promoting your work.”

During the last 5 months of 2018, I’ve been in the trenches and gotten various questions like the above.

And I love it, because as Seth Godin asks:

When you’re gone, will they miss what you do?

Because of my consistency across the Resist Average Academy podcast, my VIP email newsletter, social media, Instagram and Facebook (and now YouTube, too):

People are used to seeing my face and hearing my voice.

(Don’t worry…sometimes I even get sick of it too.)

But today I’m going to reveal what I’ve been working on during the last 6 months, and also share a lesson with you on how to know it’s time to focus and double down.

You Can Do Anything…But You Can’t Do Everything

As a writer, I write every single day. There is no time off —including birthdays, weekends and holidays. Last year alone, I tallied up over 550,000 words (and those are the ones I counted.)

In other words, I’m always writing.

But after The 1% Rule —I had planned on putting my attention and focus squarely on my coaching and consulting business where I help high performing entrepreneurs and executives tap into their purpose, power and profit.

But then a door opened, and I couldn’t say no.

(This is the power of not waiting to be discovered to get started.)

I was given an opportunity to write a new book, this time working hand in hand with one of the biggest publishers in the game.

There was only one problem.

(Actually, there was two.)

First, we didn’t have much time —and second, I had some ideas for a book but I hadn’t found something I could not write.

(This is what you want to aim for in any creative work: what you can’t not do.)

But I committed anyway, and went all in.

And the lesson I want to share with you is simple: there is no perfect time, or right moment —until you make it one.

Because the moment I chose to take a leap on this opportunity, the book I couldn’t write came to life deep within my heart and soul.

However, knowing what you and I must do is only step one —from there, we have to ensure we are saying “no” to every possible distraction.

The Power Of Saying No…Even To Thousands Of Dollars

If you follow me at all, you realize focus, structure and discipline are big parts of my message. The reason is simple: this is so often in the way of most people’s deepest desires coming to life.

But when you say yes to a big project in your life and business —you have to say no to a ton of other opportunities.

Otherwise, the work suffers or may never get done.

For me, this meant saying no to all new incoming clients —people who were ready to pay me anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for coaching, masterminds and intensive experiences.

It wasn’t easy, but it was required.

This is the second lesson I wanted to share with you:

When you double down on something deeply important to you —you’ll have to say no often.

Okay, I know the blog title is about the cover reveal and now I’m rambling too much.

The Leap of Your Life Cover Reveal

(Drumroll.)

Here is the cover for my brand new book, The Leap Of Your Life: How to Redefine Risk, Quit Waiting For ‘Someday,’ and Live Boldly.

tommy baker leap of your life

 

Again, this is the book I couldn’t not write, and a message that is deep within my soul.

Because if there’s anything I’ve learned over the years about living our best life and truly making our dreams come true:

It won’t happen sitting on the sidelines waiting, pondering and analyzing.

It happens when you and I choose to defy logic and reasoning —and make a bold decision.

Not for anyone else, but for the person in the mirror.

This is the beautiful, riveting story we’re all here to experience and share with others.

Because for a while, I was on the path of a life I didn’t want —and this is where most people find themselves:

Experiencing a daily, sinking feeling of regret, hopelessness and ‘what could have been.’

Every day, then —becomes a reminder of what hasn’t happened.

Screw that.

I wrote this to help you step into your power, release what’s been in the way —and create the life you know is out there for you.

Without waiting.
Without hoping.
Without wishing.

So you can do exactly what you’ve known you must do but somehow have let fear stop you cold and win.

Until now.

I put my mind, body and spirit into this work like I’ve never done before.

Most importantly, during the last half decade I’ve given myself permission to follow the principles inside like never before.

The book comes out on April 2nd, but is already available for pre-order on the major booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

NOTE: It’s super early, so if you pre-order 5 or more copies, you’re not only going to get the books…but forward your receipt to our team, and I’ll do a Breakthrough Coaching Session with you. Normally, I charge $275 for these.)

What do you think of the cover? I’d love to hear it!

Ditch The Runway, It’s Time To Fly

By | Advice, Entrepreneurship
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Ditch The Runway, It’s Time To Fly

There’s time we should all be spending on the runway of life: accumulating knowledge, wisdom, practice and repetition. This is where we put our preparation in: the pre-flight checklist, the security measures, the analysis of weather patterns.

And then we start to accelerate. This is where momentum grows, and we’re gathering all the tools we’ll need along our path.

But at some point, if we don’t take off —we will either be forced to abort our dreams or be involved in a fiery crash of epic proportions.

Neither is enticing, and yet how often do we spend our entire lives on the tarmac and runway of our dreams:

Chasing the next certification.
Chasing someone else’s permission.
Chasing a ‘someday’ moment in the future.
Chasing society’s approval to give us the nod to fly.

We’ve all been there, and it never seems to be enough. Once we cross off one checkpoint, we add another.

There has to be a better way —or else our dreams will stay grounded forever.

The Best Time To Start Was Yesterday

We’re on the runway, gaining speed, about to take off —and then we stop. We tell ourselves things like:

“I need more time to research.”
“I need another degree, or certification.”
“I’ll do it when life slows down and I have space.”

And so we start to believe these narratives —and we convince ourselves that one day we’ll make it happen.

Except we won’t, because one day and someday are illusions cut from the cloth of fear and procrastination.

And if we aren’t careful, we’ll live our entire lives on the runway.

We’ll watch other planes with more courage and tenacity take off on their dreams, while we stay safely cradled on the ground as the days, months and years pass by.

So the best time for you to start was yesterday.

Regardless of your current skill level —everything we set out to do will require more work, persistence and overcoming obstacles.

So you might as well start now.

Or else, you’ll get stuck in paralysis by analysis much like I did when picking up a new sport recently.

I Wanted All The Gear Before I Started

Recently, I moved into a new home in Arizona, gloriously tucked away in the mountains with unlimited access to some of the best trails around.

So I chose to pick up Mountain Biking —not really a big think in New York or CT, so I was completely new.

And yet, I found myself on the runway: finding a (used) bike, getting all the gear and spending countless hours studying how to get started.

But I wasn’t actually getting started.

Because I can read all the reviews on the latest gear, but everything will pale in comparison to getting out on the trail and having a split second near-collision with a cactus as I fall in a blaze of glory.

This is what most of us do with our dreams: we waste all our time and energy on preparation —when nothing could prepare us for being in the game.

And then we simply miss out on what really matters:

Experiencing the thrill and gift of life that only comes when we’re flying high above the clouds on our unique voyage:

We’re chasing our dreams, living our truths and taking the call to adventure we all deeply crave.

Not for anyone else, but for the Man or Woman in the mirror.

This unquenchable thrill for life can’t be found in blueprints, spreadsheets and P&L statements.

It happens when we take off, and never look back.

What Are You Waiting For?

Is there a time to harness skills, experience life and gain a level of competency?

Of course.

But way too often this becomes a crutch, a convenient excuse to keep our dreams grounded.

(And a brilliant one at that, because we don’t have face the raw and vulnerable feeling of putting ourselves out there.)

So, what are you waiting for?

Because I know one thing to be true:

Regret will gnaw at our spirits, until one day it has consumed every part of our lives.

You won’t regret giving it a shot.
You won’t regret taking a chance.
You won’t regret betting on you.

But you will regret staying grounded, living a life for other people who don’t have to pay the price of your decisions.

It’s time to pull that throttle back.

It’s time to fly.

Because on the other side of lifting off is a life you can’t imagine.

(NOTE: This metaphor is not my own, I simply expanded on it —thank you to the incredible Liz Gilbert.)

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