Have you thought of writing a book? Me too!
I have a bunch of ideas on what to write, but let’s talk about what needs to happen to make it a reality. If you have been thinking about writing your own book, then today is about you as well.
Today, as my 90 day blogging challenge is drawing to a close (Day 88 of 90), I was wondering what to write for my post and I found a post by Chris Brogan called 100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write.
In Chris’s post, he had the title I was looking for which is why I chose today’s topic.
Something I have been sitting on for a while is the writing of a book. I think now is the time. But why has it taken so long? Or why will it still take time?
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Fear of failure
LIke everyone, I am prone to our two fundamental emotions as humans; FEAR and DESIRE. And fear is typically the number one driver in why we make decisions. If you remember my 4-part series on why we make decisions based on emotions, I talked about our reptilian brain (fight or flight).
We are always looking to survive. That is hard-wired in our brain. Another thing special about us is that we are social creatures. Combine these two ideas and you see that we need to be accepted to be social, and failure may mean lack of acceptance, right?
One of the biggest skills you can learn in your personal mastery discipline is that of reflection. Observation is a fundamental skill in anything you do. Understanding where your fear comes from is a wonderful first step to overcoming it.
It’s easier NOT to do it
How many people tell you all the important things they want to do or the big ideas they have? Some grandiose plans for the future. But when push comes to shove, are they actually doing the work to get there?
I find it is always so much easier to tell people your plans and never have to show what you’ve done, right? Well, the only person you hurt is yourself.
It takes hard work and planning to get big projects accomplished. Will you be one of the rare people who actually do what you say? I am publicly proclaiming that I will write and publish a book on Kindle within the next two months. Heck, by the end of June. You heard it here.
Now I just have to plan.
I may not really want to
But wait! What if I don’t really want to do it? What if I don’t want what I want? My friend Rick Hoogendoorn always talks about this, especially in his first book, “What’s Stopping You?” He describes the phenomenon of what he calls the “gas and brake” where we say we want to do something, while at the same time we also don’t want to do it.
That ties into the fear of failure, or our feelings of inadequacies, or perhaps, the fact that we may ACTUALLY not want to do what we say. Take some time and reflect on your goals and ask if they are really YOUR goals or some tasks you manufactured because you think you are supposed to.
I have been wrestling with it myself and have realized that I DO actually want to write books. So I will!
It may actually be easier than you think
Does writing a “book” seem like a massive undertaking? Well maybe it doesn’t have to be! Maybe you can write a smaller book? Around 20 to 50 pages to start.
Most people don’t even fully read the larger 400 page books. Especially on Kindle. We like to break down ideas into easily digestible pieces, so what is actually stopping you from writing about 10,000 words and formatting it in a way that makes sense and gets your readers excited? Perhaps instead of a 400 page book, you could write FOUR 100 page books in a series?
What if you just wrote about a topic you have decent knowledge in and created a 50 page guide? Maybe keep it simple and in about four or five chapters and just broke the ideas out in a blog format. An intro, four chapters, and a conclusion. How quickly could you write that?
So what should I write about?
In my blog, I know have quite a bit of material to choose from that I could build upon. My categories as you can see at the top are:
- Achiever Mindset
- Business Strategy
- Personal Development
I have a few ideas in mind and over the next 90 days will be putting out some info products. What do you think of these titles?
- Get More Clients Now: A Simple Five Step Process to Sell Your Services
- 21 Day Success Habits: Break Through Transition by Transforming Your Days
- Stop Hitting Yourself! How to Defeat your Internal Mental Bully and Be Unstoppable
- The Egoless Leader: Make it About Others
- Vulnerability as a Strength: Use Your Weakness as Motivation for Others
- Learning to Think Differently: How Great Leaders Challenge Their Assumptions
- Connecting to Win: How to Build Your Network for Massive Success
- Seeing Through Walls: Winners Think Long Term
- The Manager is Dead: How Organizations Are Stifling Real Growth
- Change-ology: How to Lead Through Anything
- Selling is the Easy Part: How a Well Crafted Marketing Strategy Wins Every Time
- Sell to Their Problem, Not Your Solution
- You dot Com: How to Build a Personal Brand so You Never Need a Resume Again
These are just some of the titles I am wrestling with and have a ton of information to make them work. I would love to hear your feedback on what you would like to see. I will be tracking my progress as well so I can provide you woith details on how I do!