Have you ever wished you could write a book, perform on stage, travel the world or start your own business?
Have you ever looked at someone doing something you admire and think to yourself, “I could do that”?
Well, there is no point sitting back and wishing. You are the only person who can make these things happen for you.
As the author of five books, I often meet people who tell me that they are writing a book. Most are simply in love with the idea of becoming an author and rarely get down to the nitty-gritty of actually writing. They tell me that they cannot find the time, or they find some other excuse for their lack of progress. I tell them writing a book is easy — you just need to set targets for yourself and stick to them.
It’s best to make these targets achievable. When I wrote my first book (Becoming THE Expert: Enhancing Your Business Reputation through Thought Leadership Marketing) I set a goal of writing just 250 words per day (rain or shine). On bad writing days, I would write the bare minimum, and I’d find myself deleting half of it the following day. On good writing days, the words would flow easily, and I’d find my project had progressed by leaps and bounds. I’ve written on trains, on planes, while I sat at my kitchen table, in front of the television after the kids went to bed, in hotel rooms, after a couple glasses of wine (not recommended), while tired and when the last thing I ever wanted to do was write.
I consider myself a half-decent writer (with a good editor). I know many people more skilled in the art of writing who will never write a book because they don’t have the discipline to set targets for themselves and stick to them.
So what’s the moral of this story?
If you’re sitting on an idea, get up and do something about it.
Dreams can come true in 2019 — but only if you make them a reality.
This abridged post first appeared on the iContact Email Marketing Blog.