Do you know that fear is holding you back, but don’t know how to let go of it?
Have you dropped goal setting because it hasn’t paid off?
Does your fear over an important writing project send you to Santa’s leftover cookies?
Do you simply wish your book would pop-up out of your birthday cake?
I know, I can relate. This one important writing project I should have finished months ago, just got finished a week ago. Turned out, a new book coaching client needed it, so I wrote all day and emailed the draft it to her. Embarrassing? A little, and maybe my creative juices often show up in spurts like yours do. Due to the holidays, I postponed several of my new book building systems that are part of my upcoming 5 Book Writing Solutions for Top Business People to Finish The Book Their Ideal Audience will Love program.
You know, it didn’t hurt a bit. I got to thinking the rest of you were taking time off for holidays too. I’m so committed and even driven with writing projects I love, I forget to take breaks.
Now, I want to share some good news for you over your upcoming year.
Since the mid 80’s, when I got on track following my calling to become a full service book coach, I developed different kinds of New Year’s practices to both reflect on the good things from this last year, and also write easier goals for the next year. Some are personal; some are for book coaching, my life’s work.
3 Ways to Start the New Year When You are Full of Hope
During my whole life, I’ve been a celebrant. When something good happens to my friends, I celebrate. When something good happens to me, I celebrate! Here’s 3 ways to celebrate for you this coming year to leave the negatives behind, and look and act forward to make this next year your best so far!
Celebration 1. Choose a theme to guide you for the upcoming year.
Mine is Collaboration. After some low spots early last year, I decided to take new action. I needed to take a new path. So, by collaborating with Warren Samu, a wonderful, wise techie to guide me in that part of reaching out, we reached out to 9 other speakers for our first Nonfiction Master Course joint venture. I had participated in many of these, but decided to team up with a techie. Do it myself – to assure its success.
During the whole year, I teamed up with a former smart book coaching client (they all are smart) to co-mentor on our different approaches to new top business audiences with particular problems to be solved. Just like girlfriends get deep when they gather, so do we.
During all of last year, I got tips on who was smart in business because I wanted to rebuild mine to suit me today. I subscribed to 15 gurus’ lists. My inbox numbers went up to over 200 messages a day. I didn’t complain – all were steps to my future book coaching success. I made friends with a select group of them and put collaboration on the table when I was ready. It’s still in process because it takes a lot of time to get all the ducks in a row.
Ready? We’re never quite ready, are we? And mistakes followed me because I like to jump in without careful planning. Since I know and have experienced great solutions to book author challenges, I’m following my life’s vision to share these skills in my books, my programs, and on my social media platforms. I’ve empowered myself since the 80’s and now I’m passing that along to my students and clients.
Yes, because it opens doors to new wonderful results, and no because of my fear on speaking after a four year hiatus. And, when the big boys and girls share their embarrassing first few talks, I can relate. I give great writing and promotional writing how to’s to all who engage with me, but feel rusty with a script in the oral presentations.
Funny how solutions come. While sharing this fear, I just found a solution as I’m writing this! For my next audio book building how-to programs, I will get interviewed by a professional colleague. That system will bring big, natural energy, help me stay on track and be more powerful!
If you did manifest a success before, you can certainly do it again!
The Original Book Coach
Celebration 2. Gather with close friends or supporters of your book project to share upcoming intentions.
This ritual started for me in the 80’s. Terry Cole Whittaker’s church offered something like I’m offering below. I loved it so much, it’s been a big part of my life each year, even in brainstorming sessions. For 20 years I read every personal growth book I could get my hands on including those by Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Remember, intention is desire without attachment to the outcome. Just the act of writing them down, then releasing the need to hard charge on them feels freeing. Intention is powerful. It releases to the Universe who always says yes to us (as long as we quiet our monkey minds that focus on the negative and say “no.”)
Celebration 3. Use your personal or business journal to write down your goals in a way that’s transformational.
Books take time to complete and it’s hard for authors to look a year or so ahead to complete the book. Enthusiastic motivation leaves us when the results are so far away.
Instead, visualize your book as if it’s complete before it’s done. Here’s a sample exercise to write out using your own information:
Now that my book (title here) is complete,
I SEE myself smiling.
I HEAR applause from my readers.
I FEEL exhilarated, complete, and enthusiastic.
Transfer this goal to a 3 by 5 card and carry it with you. It’s a reminder and shows you the world of possibility.
With this exercise I taught in a creativity ongoing seminar based on Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. You can apply these intentions to any life area you want to expand. Most of us want to stay healthy and energetic, so health is one important area. Your calling, your work and your money are other important areas. Of course, include relationships that matter to you. For the 4th category of you who want to share your transforming message in a book. To really finish your outstanding book, you need to put this goal in the top 4 goals you want to come true this year. If you don’t intend to do it, don’t write it down, it’s more likely you won’t finish it. Then what results? Not many for sure.
Now, practice these intentions with close, supportive friends who care about you and your goals.
Share your book goal with others of like mind. If you are feeling brave, add it to my Facebook page or add it to the discussion space at my LinkedIn group. Then, remember the well wishers and useful tips, and connect with those people.
I thought I had finished writing my book. Although I was not completely happy with it I searched for a book marketing coach and found Judy Cullins. After just one session she had injected life into me,my writing and my book. She helped me to identify my target audience and then speak directly to them. She helped me transform my book from a boring “tell to” book to a “how to” book. Now I feel confident my finished book will be of value to Probation Officers.
I leave you with a statement from a spicy senior in my first business support group, “You’re Either Green and Growing or Ripe and Rotting.”
If you want to take action on any of these ideas, you can get my Happy New Year’s Special – a fully packed first book coaching session for half price.
Just use code NEWYEAR2017 at checkout!
Benefits to you. In this phone session you’ll get clarity on who is your best audience, your book’s benefits to them to make it sell better, and a sample of how to get started with your book chapter outline.
This session half price offer is good only during January 2017 and only on these dates at these pacific times (if you live across the world, just email me when you can do this. (I am flexible if you are serious.)
M Jan 9 11AM, 12 noon, and 1PM
W Jan 11 11AM, 12 noon, and 1PM
F Jan 13 11AM, 12 noon, and 1PM
W Jan 25 11AM, 12 noon, and 1PM
I’m about to launch my two premier programs to build and finish your book project so you too can taste the success you deserve!
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