What are you tolerating? What can you let go of?

Three weeks ago, as part of KCRW's Radio Race, I took 28 minutes of raw tape and chopped it up into a four-minute segment.

I'm used to doing heavy edits on interviews, but nothing like this. Yeah, maybe I'll take soundbites from a longer piece of tape sometimes, but I've never had to walk away with a complete story told in such limited time.

This ended up being a great experience. Editing like this really forces you to look at the content you must have and the content you can do without.

And I've been thinking about other places in my life where I can do this.

This article has a list of things to consider when making a decision to drop something. Among them:

  • It's taking too much of your energy compared to the reward you get
  • You don't feel excited
  • It doesn't make you a better person
  • No outside support
  • Your health is suffering

"Decide" literally means to CUT OFF. It doesn't mean, "I'll put this on the back burner and think about it a little while."

But completely dropping something can be scary as hell, which is why I'm mentioning this now, rather than on January 1st, when you're going to hear it a lot.

Maybe you need to think about this for a minute. But sooner or later, if you want to move forward, you're doing to need to decide.

Two questions to ask yourself:

  1. What do you think you're ready to drop in the new year?
  2. What would giving this up allow you to do that you can't do now?

Just think about it... In the next issue of Big Podcast Insider, I'll check in to see how you're doing. Until then, if you want to run something by me to get another opinion, send me a tweet.

Also, I have a couple of things in this issue of Big Podcast Insider that you may want to add to what you're doing (or at least improve on). Anything to do with writing, whether articles on high-profile sites or a book can literally bring in new listeners for your podcast (and income) for years to come, which is why doing these things may be worth your effort.

Here's to moving forward in a big way!

David @ Big Podcast

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