As you read about other successful people I admire, notice what kind of runner you are. Short sprinter, long distance, super challenging?
Running at Other Speeds
For myself? At just 6 years old, I ran several 50 yard dashes and won first place in them. My reward? The sponsor, The Creamery of Watseka, Illinois , gave me a tasty butterscotch sundae. All smiles and no real obstacles or fears to overcome. My parents’ benign neglect allowed me to become an athlete to augment my school success. Almost turned tennis pro at 16, but chose the fun of college and its rigours. I still love the game and cheer for Roger Federer, who came back again to win Wimbleton in 2017, his 8th title. His setbacks mirrored other athletes who got injured and had to recover to keep going in high stake contests.
For the new book “Peak Performance” by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, success stories of elite athletes showcased them overcoming their fears and limitations. The concept? Self-transcendence. (ego limiting.)
For example, the long distance runner Jennifer Pharr Davis. In 2011 she achieved a new record by becoming the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail in less than 50 days. Why?
Her superhuman strength arose when she focused on a purpose greater than she was. She and her husband spent three years preparing. They had no idea the severe physical toll that path would take on them. Shin splints, diarrhea and such sore feet.
On her fourth day of severe discomfort, she finally caved and told her husband she was quitting.
“No way,” he said. He had sacrificed to be part of that team. She let go of that solo, ego centered focus just on herself. She landed on the why she did this challenging act. Her love of the wilderness, love for her husband and to use her gifts to conquer great challenges.
Despite the discomforts, her renewed since of purpose led her to shatter the former record of 26 hours for the hike. She earned the title “National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.”
One Lesson? Think of why you want to write your book.
For example, when I was new to book writing, publishing and marketing I attended a San Diego Publishers Group and claimed my new book, “Write your eBook or Other Short Book–Fast!” One published author challenged me, What makes you think as a nobody that some business person will want this book?”
I didn’t cry or throw a fit. I just learned how to position myself as an expert in this field. I volunteered to be the group’s speaker provider. Got to know the big gurus of the time, booked them and made good friends with them. One did an online program with me-I did all the organization and marketing. He showed up for the 60 minute audio! We presented, “The Introvert’s Way to Market a Book with Content”
Success showed up in $3000 income split 2 ways. In those days, that was a big success! He’s passed on, but I still offer this gem now and then. I make sure I coach using “evergreen” content in all of my over 40 books I’ve written and self-published.
Here’s a few sample questions to answer when you plan a new writing project:
- Define book success for yourself in one sentence. What will it look like, feel like
- What’s the topic of your book?
- Who is your book aimed at specifically? (just one targeted ideal audience.)
- Why are you writing this book? What’s your vision?
- How will this book benefit you?
- What are your doubts on this book? Where are you stuck?
You Too can Overcome your Fears and Doubts on your Writing Project
- Don’t listen to naysayers. Keep moving toward that challenge. I advise beginners to create a bank account for their book. Blogs are free, but actual book coaching and consulting are not.
- Prepare yourself for success. Choose wonderful support and an experienced book coach to guide you, making sure you are accountable and will finish in a timely way.
- Enjoy your life and your book journey.
- Give the book your all.
- Take action steps, even if you’ll make mistakes.
- Minimize your ego. Don’t blare loudly.
- Show you are the expert who can solve your ideal audience’s challenges. The want your how tos, and will likely become new clients.
Are you almost ready to give yourself the tools and deep knowledge a master book coach can give you?
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