Do you root for the champion when you see a top sports performance?
Last July I watched Wimbledon Tennis. The men’s finals with Andy Murray from the UK and Milos Raonic from Canada. Since once an almost pro tennis player myself, I watch these matches every year.
The announcers said that any little hiccup can turn the match. I saw these hiccups such as Andy putting pressure on Raonic at two tie breakers. He won them both. You can imagine there were other hiccups. Both players were worn down and off balance near the finish line, but Andy Murray emerged as the champion for this year. To keep his top billing, he’ll need to follow champion habits for life.
Top business authors’ book journeys face hiccups also.
What are author hiccups? How do we authors get to be champions? And what is a champion?
Author Hiccups on the Road to Becoming a Champion Author
Hiccup One. You get off balance.
Maybe with your own health or the health of a loved one. Maybe a sour relationship. I know I’ve been here myself-and it postpones the rest of life, including finishing your book.
Look at time-wasters like email and replace them with good habits–putting your book up as a top priority.
Hiccup Two. You miss opportunities.
Just like the past Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer changed and upped his support team. As many other top players do, he listened to his new coaches. He continually changes his bad habits that keep him in the game. Coaches help top players to stay at the top of their game and win the prize. Just like book coaches who are skilled and practiced in serving motivated clients to put out the best book they can. Remember, feedback is a top skill to help you finish your quality book.
Hiccup Three. You travel your book journey alone.
So many writers isolate themselves, and without professional feedback, they face the danger of writing the wrong book, not finishing the book, not preparing the foundation early on, or feeling fatigued and low, they abandon the book.
Hiccup Four. You give up on your book.
One student came to me and said, “I’m done with it.” She really wasn’t but for reasons only she knows, she was unwilling to take the steps to being a champion I suggested. She wrote a memoir and then didn’t want to change it so it would serve her ideal audience in the health field. She thought a ghost writer could finish it as is. One thing about book coaches–they often share tips the student does not want to hear.
Hiccup Five. You fear commitment to the long journey where you need to invest some time and money for your book’s success.
This one mistake is the number one reason why some parts of your book are not right. Feeling overwhelmed because of some of the parts undone can slow you down and maybe switch your #1, #2, or #3 book priority to the back burner.
Hiccup Six. You don’t trust yourself.
Like most top business people you wonder if your peers will approve of your book. You don’t trust…that you can do the work, that you can attract your ideal audience, that you will find the best book title to assure success, or even write chapters like a pro, but have no fast-writing blueprint to guide you.
It’s too bad that many books and programs don’t include the important proven steps to write a compelling, engaging chapter. If a chapter is lame, your readers leave your book because it doesn’t speak specifically to them–it doesn’t solve their challenges.
Too many new authors focus on what they have to tell, not on what their audience wants to fix. Yes, your book doesn’t have the magic bullet fix, but you need to offer all you can to scratch that itch.
Hiccup Seven. You stay stuck because you have doubts.
Your low confidence and fear you lead you to believe you won’t have enough time to do the job right. Life, other work, and family put many demands on top business people. Just thinking about these can numb us and we stop taking actions.
After all of these hiccups, does the top business person’s book dream have a chance to get to champion status?
The optimist in my family, with an M.A. degree in Curriculum, I come from a past of listening to talks by top personal growth champions like Wayne Dyer and business top leaders. Today, after many setbacks, I still practice writing in my personal growth journal daily gratitudes, affirmations, and forgiveness. Ask “How do I love and support myself today?”
Judy’s Hot Tip. Successful book coaching clients who come to sessions to finish their book project bring gratitude and optimism.
Here’s a few tips to make you a champion and finish your book…
1. Realize it takes time and a “village” to finish a short quality book for your unique audience.
Take auditory seminars, read how to books on your topic, take eCourses, and consider investing in a quality book coach.
2. Take some small action every day on your book.
Mix the short time and easy tasks (High Level Activities) with deeper, more thoughtful ones.
3. Be aware of false marketing claims.
Big shots may make a lot of money, but do they make their audiences happy?
4. Stop researching after you get enough gems.
Too many writers stall their books from completion by reading too much, following the experts too much, and subscribing to an expert and getting over 200 emails a day. This happened to me last year.
5. Keep a positive mindset every day.
Hang out only with other positive people. Use my favorite affirmation: “I let go of all that doesn’t serve me.”
6. Keep physically active to keep your brain going.
After back surgery, one client just stopped walking. He ended up taking way too many pain pills and stopped his creative work on his book. Every day I practice a half hour of resistance stretching and a mile or two walking.
7. Show the beloved people in your life you care about them.
Compartmentalize your book writing times to fit into your days. Joanna Penn shared in a podcast that she got up at 5AM before she went to her corporate job to write the books she and her audience loved. Just one hour a day, and look at her success–over $100,000 income a year just from her books.
Finally, know that your book project must be taken off the back burner and given top priority if you want to be in the champions’ list in a prominent list in gold letters like Wimbledon champions. You have a book dream and you can manifest it with a little help.
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