DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE – Success Playbook – Chapter One – (unedited)
Writing a book is no easy task.
Trying to write a book while growing a business and adding to your family makes it even more challenging. When I made the decision to finally write the book that had been in my head for years, it was the first step in a life changing process.
Taking that first step, and powering through the fear and uncertainty that came with it, was the hardest part. I thought to myself many times over: How will I ever find the time to sit down and focus on this with so much on my plate already? It took commitment, perseverance and dedication, of course, but I also applied some creative solutions that were just as instrumental to my success.
The lessons I learned throughout this process can be applied to anything in life – from writing a book to running a marathon. My hope is that you can take what I learned and use it to turn your dreams into reality.
I learned the following lessons:
- Be Honest with Myself
I didn’t try to fool myself.
Thomas Jefferson said, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
That statement stuck with me. I was honest with my self-assessments, my scheduling, and my priorities. I asked for help where I knew I would need it and created blocks of time to solely focus on the task at hand.
Be open and honest with yourself when tackling the challenges ahead. Once you achieve this, those challenges will no longer hold any power over you.
- Commit to the Process
I didn’t overlook how powerful I was.
Making the decision to better your life will create a snowball effect of positive activity when you commit yourself to the practice. Trusting in your course of action will bring you the necessary people, places, events, and circumstances needed to support this choice. You have the power within to make this happen, so unleash it!
- Keep Going – No Matter What
I didn’t let anyone steal my dreams.
If J.K Rowling had given up, the world would have missed out on the incredible journey of Harry Potter. While writing her first novel, Rowling was a single mother living paycheck to paycheck and couldn’t afford to even photocopy that first manuscript. She was rejected by publishers time and time again … until she wasn’t. Today, the Harry Potter series is the best selling book series of all time. In an age of ever changing technology, Rowling’s stories ignited a love of reading that united people of all ages and nationalities. She never gave up, neither should you.
- Have Faith, Take Risks, and Get Out of my Comfort Zone
I didn’t underestimate the power of faith.
I am a firm believer that doing your own thinking will lead you down the path to success. You must trust and have faith in the fact that your goals are achievable and that your actions will take you there. There is an element of risk in leaving your comfort zone and pursuing your dream, but the benefits of realizing that end goal far outweigh the discomforts.
James Cameron put it best when he said, “Failure has to be an option in art and in exploration–because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks…”
- Be Patient
I didn’t lose sight of the end result.
Paulo Coelho said, “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”
Challenges will present themselves, many at the most inopportune times. The key to successfully overcoming them is realizing that not every solution will be immediate. Go beyond today or tomorrow and take another look at your long-term goals. Patience is a very important virtue to cultivate; it takes practice. Stay focused on what you want and practice patience as you shorten the path to your end goal.
Read the rest of my lessons at Ambitious.com