Pick of the Week: I Am Going to Write My Book – Lean Life


This week has been fantastic in terms of my own personal development. I am really starting to get it. I am only scratching the surface and still have a fair old dig ahead of me, but I really believe I am going to eventually find what I am looking for. It struck me this week that before I can continually improve I need to become more aware. Awareness is the key for me and my radar is well and truly switched on. I am learning so much about the way that I behave, why I behave the way that I do and how it affects those that are important in my life. I am one happy pappy right now.

I must confess that I have been procrastinating on one of my goals. I have a goal to write a book called Lean Life and the progress has not been great. My procrastination comes from my sense of fear. I am scared that my book will not be as great as those that have passed under the scrutiny of my eyelids. I am worried that it won’t gain an audience. That no one will care. It’s time for me to grow a pair. It is time for me to act.

I learn best through reading other peoples stories. I first learned this style when I read The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox and this week the style has been reinvigorated in my mind as I read Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health by Dean Ornish. Once I find a connection with a story I am hooked. If the author can make me feel like I am not alone, and that there is indeed someone else out there who is as crazy as I am, then I just lap it up. I want to write a book in this way. I want to tell my story.

I have drawn a line in the sand. I am going to write my book. I have decided to write it each week and supply it to you in the form of blog posts. It is a work in progress based on a life that is a work in progress. It will be written in an autobiographical sense with plenty of exercises and lessons to learn along the way. As I encounter problems and issues in my life I will write about how I incorporate lean principles to try and solve them as best I can. I must stress that I am not a fully qualified practitioner of lean principles. I am just a big fan trying to use what little I know to help people improve their lives.

I am still going to continue with my 52 books in 52 weeks series and will be bringing you at least one review per week. But apart from that most of my writing will focus on the Lean Life book. I really hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I am sure I will enjoy writing it. I hope that through my honesty, authenticity and love of lean life that I can live my life purpose.


To use my experience, passion and drive to teach and inspire others to excel in their work and family lives

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  1. Lee, of course I think it’s great that you are going to start your book and I certainly think you are ready. I’m too much of a novice to render solid advice but I think you might want to publish only snippets of your writing on your blog. Some publishers might have a problem if the entire book has been published on the web by the time it reaches them. Ask around with more experienced writers or maybe do an internet search. Best wishes!

  2. GO, LEE! I’m rooting for you. 🙂

  3. You can do it, Lee! One day at a time.

  4. Maybe my goal should be to finish one of my books. I have about 50 Chapter Ones completed………lol

  5. Hi Lee,
    I am very happy for you and celebrate your success with you also.
    I look forward to your continuing progress reports. They are very encouraging to read. Thanks by the way for recommending one of the books that you read. I have noted it but do not know when I will get to it.

    • Hi Pat,

      Out of curiosity which book did you mark for reading?


      • Hi Lee,
        Brendan Manning’s book, Ragamuffin. I don’t know when I’ll get to it, because I have other things with higher priorities, but I will read it sometime in the future.


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