I remember it like it was yesterday. I was working as an intern reporter in Cleveland, Ohio. Everyday after work, I would throw myself into a book. I was miles away from home (Mississippi) and books were my way to relax and let go of all things responsible. The only responsible thing I had to do was stay away to finish the book (and on some days, that's what the harder than chasing a news story).
After completing one of the novels, one day I said to myself, "man, I can do this; I can write a book" And there is was, I had just created a vision of myself being an author. This was 1998. My first book was published in 2007. Did it take me that long to write it? Nope. Only took about 4 months really. And I am not talking about an e-book. I am talking about a 60,000 plus word manuscript! Notice when the vision came to me, and when I actually finished the goal. That's 9 years of wanting to accomplish this goal.
Today I want to encourage you by sharing three tips that writing a novel taught me, and I am sure you would be able to use these tips for whatever you have been "taking a long time to produce."
Tip 1 - Just because you say you can do something, doesn't mean you will do it. You must have the right motivations behind any dream or goal to give it the momentum that will see it through to the end.
Tip 2 - Consistency is golden. When I finally sat my little booty down and got serious about writing my book, it was done in about 4 months! And this was while I was working a full-time job. When you consistently put in the work, it will pay off. Do something toward your dream everyday. Even if it's small. If you do something small consistently, eventually it will get BIG.
Tip 3 - Stop reading other people's books or watching other people succeed while you tell yourself it's okay to be inspired. Inspire yourself by doing the work that it takes to reach your dream. I was so guilty of this. I would even tell myself that I am doing "research" when I read other people's work. It was just a pitiful excuse.
BONUS TIP - The one major thing that helped me write 60,000 plus words, not once but twice (yep I wrote two novels, no one-hit wonder biz going on here!) was when someone told me..."Fon, you know someone is waiting on you to finish that book." Now mind you this person wasn't talking about themselves or anyone in particular, but my book did have a target audience and they were waiting. That level of accountability to my purpose really propelled me forward.
What are you dreaming about day after day? What are you doing in your free time or made-up free time? Most likely the very thing you are doing, is what you should be doing for yourself. Are you reading everybody else blog (thanks for reading this one by the way), but are you reading blogs when your task is to write one? Are you looking at programs other business owners have created instead of sitting down and creating your own? Are you being a lurker on facebook or Pinterest or whatever social medium is your vice, when you should be marketing your business?
Let today be the day you get moving! If you feel like you are stuck like chuck and need a little help getting past GO, sign up for my list below or use the contact page. One of the things I love doing, is getting people moving toward their purpose. So get moving and do something today.