What is my best way to sustain focus on an effective book strategy focus: Peel the Onion – Option F: Expand potential reader base: using Option Solving?

With now working through the book strategy to build buyer support so as to secure a publisher, it is now a question of refining that further, so as to continue pursuing an optimum approach. Based upon the prior option solving exercise that produced options A-F, I decided to pursue Option F: Expand the potential reader base. It was now a question of the optimum way to do that. So I now pursued a Peel the Onion cycle to produce sub-options.

The new rational question I came up with was as follows: “What is my best way to sustain focus on an effective book strategy: Peel the Onion Option F: Expand potential reader base; considering 1) slow progress for now, 2) economy is not in our favor, 3) severe loss of pride in letting go, and 4) w/right strategy, only a matter of time to secure publisher?” Again, I restricted myself to the four most apparent considerations as before that are likely to have the most impact on my optimum choice. By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possible considerations.

Now I had to derive two appropriate yin and yang “bookends” once more,as these will help keep my intuitive mind focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can keep it properly focused.   

Two new bookends came to mind and were: “Random contacts on Internet”difficult to catch people’s attention w/o prior contact,and “Buy potential buyer lists,” authenticity questions and cost? You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, these bookends will nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important to come up with at least five realistic options, although I came up with six within a decent amount of time. I would  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of my sub-options as: Option CC: Pursue LinkedIn plus other known contacts.

In fact, I decided to sleep on the six options and then make a choice first thing the following morning. From there, I will either put together an action initiative, while things are still fresh. It would also be possible to pursue Peel the Onion again for even further clarity on the way forward.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Double Peel the Onion: What is my best option for pursuing LinkedIn plus other known contacts?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)


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