Have you experienced a family loss or a dip in your energy because you or a loved one have had health issues? In my LinkedIn book group, one gal seemed to disappear overnight. Turns out she got a serious brain cancer and her editing work just stopped.
I can relate. When I shared with Dan Poynter, the premier author on self-publishing, that I may have to retire, he said, “Book coaches never retire!” He was right. It took me a few years of consuming care giving, then grieving for the loss of my partner. I sold stocks and lived off of my savings to live a good and simple life for a while.
I could have quit.
Yet, I love my book coaching work. Instead, I reduced my book coaching client load. My outstanding webmaster kept all my groups alive and one day, 6 months ago, I decided to not just stay in, but to rebuild my business to beyond its fullest. All this focused action and my daily personal growth practices keep me smiling and contributing.
I’m glad I persevered. Because now, I’m growing again and taking lots of action on my book projects. Every week I’m online, I reach out to experts to learn from them. Every week, I create new blueprints, cheat sheets as the speakers call them, and the Hot Author Success programs that are already proven to work over my 30 year career.
These may be for you. And if you are a committed writer who puts your book on the top of your to do list, you won’t want to miss a thing I can offer. Let’s stay in the Author Success Zone together!
What I do to stay in this zone most days of the week?
1. I start each day writing my gratitudes in my journal.
The benefit of this mindset practice is to let go of stressful thinking, and feel relaxed and positive for the rest of the day.
I include gratuities for my webmaster, who has the patience of a mom; my gardener who makes my garden beautiful every day; my housekeeper who cleans up my messes; and my like minded friends who are there for me and positive all the way. I’m grateful for the many experts I learn from in this business game I love. I write them down in my personal growth notebook. I look at them and remind myself of how fortunate I am to live a great life full of fun.
2. I stay motivated to finish my 3-5 goals daily.
We long term writers need motivation. The 3-5 High Level Activities (HLAs) in my daily to-do’s are specific and doable, so nothing is left for the next day. One HLA for today is to finish my About the Author Page. Another one is to finish a resource page and affiliate page for each book I write. When I finish these today, you can bet I feel Billy Crystal ‘Maavelous’ Remember the movie When Harry Met Sally? “I’ll have what she’s having.” That’s how good you’ll feel after finishing book projects.
3. I write between two to four emails to my subscribers.
I save them in a folder, to send out two time a week and offer them a new blog that give practical how to’s my audience. I post about two a week, so those ready and not quite ready authors, will not only like and trust me, but know more skills and the mindset to stay in the Author Success Zone.
4. I make friends online and off.
Yes, I’m an extrovert. I admit. Just like writing and finishing my new book projects each day, I also am aware of others’ feelings when they share themselves with their subscribers. I make friends with them.
I relate to them. Just this last week, one gal, a fantastic copy writer’s dog died. She was suffering and mourning. I’ve experienced this several times, so gave her some compassion, and we are still emailing each other. Plus, she said yes to one of my Joint Ventures to be a speaker at my upcoming Non-Fiction Master Course. (We all need regular support).
5. I feel satisfied every day.
It’s not the money so much. It’s doing work you are passionate about! And, if you worry a lot, you are limiting yourself. (Funny how we fear success so much!)
6. I set money goals too.
I learned from Marc Le Blanc, “make one goal over the moon.” The other is more realistic (up until now.) I set these goals for every time I write a book and book marketing plan.
One of my affirmations is “I have enough for today and more is on the way.” Or, “I have everything I need today.”
7. I keep working on my goals even with setbacks.
One program I invested in dropped the ball and sent me a useless URL to finish the next homework, and also didn’t answer my three emails and phone calls to get the ball rolling again. Remember the “Keep on Truckin” motto? Another colleague lost her husband two years ago, and we both agreed that work and a positive attitude would keep us rocking and rolling in our work for a long time.
The gifts keep coming. I got a reminder from a wonderful man who is known on Facebook as the gratitude guy. He reminded me to be thankful for all I do have now instead of looking back and feeling alone. I’m full up with joy and good attitudes now. Maybe it’s the Law of Attraction that my book coaching business is green again.
So, what do these examples show you? We writers are strong, even a bit gritty. While life’s problems can set us back momentarily, we can always choose to get back into the Author Success Zone.
Help me out, will you? What tip did I offer that really spoke to you? Your feedback is all important to your success and mine. And it makes me smile!
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