Whenever you embark on a new adventure or project, it’s normal to feel fear, doubt and worry. These feelings can all be encapsulated in one word: Resistance! It’s how your body protects you. What it’s telling you is this:
Caution! Something new is happening that I don't know about.
Successful people don’t let fear stop them. It’s a myth that they don't feel fear. They’re human. Of course they do. Though time after time they learn to recognise it, acknowledge it, analyse it but most of all...don't let it paralyse them.
On the other side of fear, is everything you’ve ever wanted, and most importantly, it’s the door to freedom and fulfilment. You just have to be brave enough to walk through it.
Being an author is an amazing journey, and like any new adventure, it starts with a single step. The first decision might be to make today the day you stop saying, "One day I will write a book" and decide to become a published author. There you go. Step one completed.
Visualisation is important. See yourself signing copies of your book. Get your book cover designed at the start and hang it on your vision board. Famous authors like Wayne Dyer and Jack Canfield have used this technique, and from a personal standpoint, I can tell you it works, as I used it to motivate myself when I began my book series. The subconscious mind is powerful and brings about what it sees.
The more you can visualise your book, feel the feelings of being a published author and stop listening to anyone, including yourself, telling you that you’re not smart enough, good enough, expert enough, and most of all, not a writer, the faster you can bring your book into reality.
Every material item on planet earth was once in someone's imagination: a watch, a plane, a fashion design, a song, an artwork, and yes, even a book, so never underestimate the role your mind plays in becoming a published author. The only difference between you and someone who has their published book sitting on a shelf is that they took action. A book is simply turning your inspiration into a publication.
It’s up to you to recognise resistance, take the first step by walking through the door, and keep taking action toward your goal until it’s a reality. To become a published author, you just need to have passion and the desire to serve others with your message or story. The rest is simply details.
The two most important days when writing your book are the day you start and the day you finish.
The main reason people give for not becoming a published author is that they don't know where to start. If you let this stop you, then you’ll never know the feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment of holding your own book in your hands.
Whenever you don’t know the exact next step to take, your primal brain will step in and put up a roadblock. This is how we humans are wired. Your brain is trying to protect you. To be successful, you must push through it.
Once you have a clear publishing goal, understand who you’re writing for, what problem you want to solve for them, and shine the spotlight on how you can serve rather than listening to the voices of naysayers, whether external or in your internal, you will take that first step and realise it’s easier than you thought.
Start with just one word, and pretty soon you will be in the flow. You have the knowledge inside of you. By simply ordering and organising what you already know and comes easily to you, what you love to teach others, you can write a book that will be read by people who will use this knowledge to better themselves.
When you to start with the end in mind and follow a proven system, you will find that money flows where information is most ordered and organised.
When you finish, let go and trust. It’s more important to share your information and avoid comparisonitis. Comparing yourself to others is a sure-fire way to let fear win. Thinking that you’re not as good as another author and there are already books on your topic ignores the fact that your message is as unique as you are.
If you’re reading this, chances are you already have an idea inside of you, but you haven’t given yourself permission to take action, or maybe someone has suggested you write a book, but you’ve held yourself back.
Remember that excuses are a form of fear. Instead of focussing on worrying that nobody is going to read your book, instead focus on your words changing someone life. What if you saved someone’s marriage or health? What if you your book were a success?
What I know for sure is that if writing a book is important to you, you’ll find a way. Or you can continue to make excuses.
The choice is all yours.
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