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Tailored Output is a professional development coaching company with an emphasis on goal-setting, career-planning, and team-building within the context of creating whole and fulfilling lives. 



Individuals working with Tailored Output will uncover their unique genius to identify career opportunities that will contribute to a whole and fulfilled life.

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Shout it out - Loud!

Julie Slanker

Where are you going?

What are you building?

How will the future be new and different and better, because of you?

 [Photo: My Vision board for 2017]

[Photo: My Vision board for 2017]

Write it down. Digram it out. Collage it together.

Say it out loud.

Do you feel it? The excitement inside you when you get clear and concrete about what you're going to do?

No? There's no tingle? No effervescence? Go bigger. Get bolder! Let yourself really want the thing you really want to do. It's what you need to actually get yourself moving, so don't waste a single minute with half-measures, compromises, or "realistic" expectations. Keep going. Keep revising, until your Vision is so clear and compelling your feet start to itch and your legs start to ache with desire to get going.

That's direction.

That's the measure of your future success.

That's the guiding light for your every action.

When you have a clear Vision, you have the tools to determine if you've done it. Or if there still is work ahead of you. More importantly, you have inspiration. And an articulation of what you were put on this Earth to do. 

But wait! There's more!

When your Vision is compelling enough to move your feet, it has everything it needs to invite our participation, too.

 [Quote: "All change begins with shared language" - Brene Brown]

[Quote: "All change begins with shared language" - Brene Brown]

If you tell us...

And let's be real, when you have a future to create that is so exciting it changes the way you behave right now - in the moment - today, we'll probably have to beg you to shut up about it...

But just in case you're feeling too timid to share, let me encourage you to fight that fear.

When we know where you're headed, we can decide if we want to follow along in your direction. When we understand your high standards, we can decide whether we have the time, energy, and interest to commit ourselves and our own Genius to participating in your cause. And just seeing how passionately motivated you are to achieve your goal will inspire us all to do the same for ourselves and the future we want to create.

What opportunity you create just by doing what you want to do, anyway!

Get clear about your Vision. 

Then shout it out.

Loud!

For all of us to hear.

 

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Commit to Create the Future

Julie Slanker

This. Right now. Today. is the most important blog in the series. 

Because it is about the turning point.

It is about your critical first step off the path to wherever you were going so that you can do something different. So that you can create a new future.

It is about your decision. Literally. The moment you will cut away all that could have been - in a life resigned to the status quo you can no longer stand - and begin to design a new life in its place.

Everything we have done since September has been an effort to generate deep insight about the problem you want to help solve and why that problem persists. About the haters and fear that hold you back and constraints on your energy and time. About the full measure of the Genius that you bring to this work and where that Genius would be of best use.

The past five months were designed to generate in you a massive realization about the difference you could make. 

And.

All of that effort will be for naught if you do not turn your insight into action.

 [Photo: Freestanding pillars at the Washington, D.C. Arboritum]

[Photo: Freestanding pillars at the Washington, D.C. Arboritum]

Action that starts with a commitment.

A decision that you will bring a new future into being. One of your design. Built upon the pillars of your Genius. Resting on the rock-solid foundation of your declaration.

A decision that you will make the difference that only you can make.

No one can coerce this commitment from you. Or threaten it out of you. The responsibility rests squarely on your shoulders, my friend.

What are you willing to do?

You have all the information you need. You know what you want to be different. You know what great power you bring. The next thing for you to do is decide to do

Declare that you want something different. Decide to bring your new version into the world.

The specific details of what and how you will do it or when you will make your first move are completely up to you. And the topic of every blog - and every email - that will come hereafter. 

So if you're feeling time-pressure, ease up on yourself. Your commitment does not start a timer, counting down to the moment of your first move (I am relearning this lesson again - right now! - and despite my sometimes forgetting, it is still 100% true). There is no such thing as late to this party. You're the host. It's in your venue. The doors open when you say they do.

 "Your emotional commitment to what you are doing will be translated directly into your work." - Robert Greene,  Mastery

"Your emotional commitment to what you are doing will be translated directly into your work." - Robert Greene, Mastery

And.

First you must decide that they will.

Commit to yourself.

To your new future.

To the difference that only you can make.

And you will already be on your way.

 

 

 
 
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Not All Work is Your Work

Julie Slanker

This is the brutal truth.

You've spent the last few months uncovering your Genius - the unique combination of Values, Motivation, Strengths, and Inclination that shape your actions, interactions, wants, and best work. Once you face the fear and responsibility that come with realizing the vast power within you, it can be tempting to try to start solving every sticky situation that crosses your path. 

Right now!

Without further delay!

You've spent so much time - perhaps you are thinking - stifling, suppressing, or ignoring your Genius. There is a lot to make up for and not a moment to waste!

And while it is absolutely true that there is so much you could do - to help solve a problem, to begin to make a difference - it also is true that without a little bit more design a lot of your generous energy will go to completely waste. 

Because not all work is your work.

First, and foremost, because not all problems are worth solving. Some are simply the easy issues that de-materialize on your way to achieving more important things. They are the momentary annoyances, the nagging nuisances, that could easily sap all of your brilliant energy - if you let them. If you give them the kind of time and attention only problems worth solving actually deserve.

 "Let future generations understand the burden and the blessings of freedom. Let them say we stood where duty required us to stand." - President George Bush, January 1991 

"Let future generations understand the burden and the blessings of freedom. Let them say we stood where duty required us to stand." - President George Bush, January 1991 

And while that realization does narrow things down quite a bit, it is not enough of a filter to be sure your work is well-directed. 

We live in a big and messy place. There are enough tough problems to keep you busy for multiple lifetimes. And once that part's done, there is enough damage to be corrected to keep you busier still. So it is not sufficient to know that the problem is worth solving. It must also be a situation where you are moved to make a contribution. Where you are called by a sense of duty to take apart what we have now and build something so much better in its place.

Put simply, it must be a problem you want to help solve, in the deepest sense of that word. 

You don't have to pick just one thing - but it pays to remember that you cannot save the world by yourself. There is power in focus. And there are limits to even your Genius, my friend. 

That's why not all work is your work.

Still, even within an entrenched status quo that you can no longer stand, even for a change that you want to help make, not all work will likely be your work.

These issues are complex and multi-faceted, longstanding and layered. They have reasons upon reasons upon reasons for why they continue to persist. Despite deliberate effort to create necessary change.

So you have to be strategic. 

The whole point of taking the time to uncover your unique Genius is so that you can apply it where and when it will make the biggest difference. So that you can take what makes you powerful - formidable - and press it up against the obstacles that only you can topple. So that - instead of toiling around the edges or struggling where you are weakest - you spend your time and energy where you can make the most significant contribution to the future you want to create.

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Take a look at what obstacles stand between you and achievement, all the reasons why the status quo persists. Where can your Genius make a decisive difference? 

What critical obstacles are you uniquely equipped to overcome? What do you bring that the effort to solve this problem has been missing for too long? Where do you know the right answer while everyone else is still stuck admiring the question?

Make a list. We're getting closer.

Even then, with your strategically matched task list in front of you, you'll have to face the harsh reality, yet again.

Not all that work is likely your work.

At least not yet. 

The bigger the problem you want to help solve - the more entrenched the status quo you can no longer stand - the truer that statement will be. 

Because there will be a lot to do, especially for a Genius like you. So you will have to prioritize. You will have to decide where you want to start. 

And then - and only then - it will be time to get to work.

 

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