|Sun, April 24, 2016 at 8:49 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
I had taken mini-getaways and overnight trips to lightthe fire of creativity. I'd setaside entire days to writing my story. I would get up in the wee hours of the morning to write. About 14 monthslater I was 90% done with my book. I had visions of packed book signing eventsand hundreds of eBook sales. I was truly excited. What I did next was somethingreally incredible...I sat on it...for two whole years! "See,what had happened was..." I had spoken with several vanity publishers (a publisherthat charges a fee to produce a book) andseveral authors that had published through vanity publishers and I was scaredoff by the vanity publisher's five-figure cost of designing, publishing andmarketing my book.
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I totally shut the project down, until I got a package inthe mail. A couple of weeksearlier, I had spoken with my cousin Harold. Harold is a retired, high-level executive. He's also a jazz enthusiast. We had a brief conversation and hepromised to send me a few CD's that he made for me. Included with the CD's was a note that said in part "...there isso much that you can offer to the world, your family and to God...get to it!" Those words had a huge effect on me. I realized that I really did have apurpose to fulfill and that purpose was bigger than any of my issues; includingmy fear of publishing my book. I also set forth the intent to publish my book, this timearound I decided to let the Universe work out the "how". I stayed focused on the endresult of writing a book that I was proud of and a book that would help a lot ofpeople. I forwarded a draft of "From Frustration to Fulfillment"to Harold. He read it andforwarded it to a couple of friends that knew a thing or two aboutwriting. All three people offeredsome great suggestions about how to improve the book. Around the same time I connected with my publisher,Literary Loft, and was able to reach an outstanding win-win agreement to getthe book published for a fraction of the prices quoted to me by many of thevanity publishers. I credit my cousin Harold with helping me find my"why". Why did I write my book?Why do I want the world to hear my story? Why should I keep going when I'mready to quit? Once again, my purposeis bigger than my problems, so as suggested by Harold began 'getting to it'! We all need that little push toward our dreams and goalsto get us started. I knew I had something important to share with the world,but I had talked myself out of it. I needed a reminder. The most reassuringpart of it is that the reminder and encouragement to 'get to it' came from afamily member.
|Sun, April 24, 2016 at 8:43 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"One day, I'm going to...." Have you ever uttered those words to yourself? How many times have you said thosewords to other people? What is itthat you've been delaying for the last few weeks, months or even years withthose words? Have you ever wondered why you keep saying "one day"? Youmay be able to rattle of a list of things that need to align before you can getstarted on that project, and you may be correct in your assessment. There is however one thing, on smalltiny thing that needs to take place. You need to make a commitment to yourself. Emotions move us to action, even if that action is to donothing. For example, I hadfinished writing my book and I had a tremendous sense of accomplishment. That emotion soon became overrun withthe emotion of discouragement because I didn't know what the next step wastoward getting my book published. At that particular time I was not committed enough to overcome my discouragement. I put my book on the shelf and beganwriting another book. Again I felta sense of accomplishment that was soon replaced with discouragement. I soonfound myself saying "One day I'm going to get my books published." The turning point came for me when I went through theprocess of writing a book and becoming discouraged for a third time! Now,motivated by the emotion of frustration I made a commitment when I angrilyexclaimed, "I'm going to get these book published if it's the last thing I'lldo!" At that moment I decided that I was going to publish abook. At first the discouragement came back because I had troublefinding help with the process. Ipushed through the discouragement and within 6 months all of the pieces hadfallen into place. The catalystfor the accomplishment was the decision,the commitment to accomplish thegoal. What have you been puttingoff? What if you decided to go for it? Give it a try! Today, I've decided______________________________________________