Monday, May 21, 2018

4 Tips for Ultimate Success

Normally, I pop in on the old blog here and dish out a bit of writerly advice or suggestions that've helped me on my author's journey. You guys know I love the craft. Figuring out what works, what sells and, more importantly, why it works and why it sells. But sometimes I get so caught up in worrying about the market, I forget to take a step back and remember why I started doing this--creating content, writing stories and seeing them through to publication--in the first place.

For myself.

And, admittedly, my own sanity.

Because, yes, I'm happiest when I'm creating. Whether it's graphics for bookmarks, social media posts and various author swag or recording an episode for my brand new podcast, The Write Mind, or actually sitting down in my chair and working on my current WIP, I feel most in my element when I'm exercising my creativity. It's my purpose in life, and I understand that. I've accepted it, and I'm here to tell you, once you've accepted your purpose, there's no limits to what you can do. Your mind and your will is that powerful.

What I wanted to share with you guys today is how I'm learning to hone that purpose, to utilize my time and energy, so that when I go to do what I love most--creating--I'm always (or almost always) on my A-game.

1. Journaling. No, I'm not talking about writing down everyday's events in extensive detail, although you can certainly do that, if you want to. Every morning, I get up and write down: a) my current mindset (lately, it's been along the lines of "ready, determined, content, happy, excited"); b) at least ten things for which I am grateful (hubby, children, furbabies, my home, nature, etc); c) everything I'm looking forward to (and not just for that day--in life); and d) at least three affirmations. Today, those affirmations were: You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.  |  You have a thriving, successful business. Take care of it.  |  You're already there. An influential author who has impacted and continues to impact people for good. Act like it.  I also leave a space open for right before I go to bed, where I'll write all I accomplished that day. The idea is positivity and to get goals and dreams and wants down on paper. Seeing it in writing makes it that much more real.

2. Exercise. Y'all. Let's get real for a second, okay? I hate exercise. That chick whose weight fluctuates from a size 4 one year to a size 10 the next? Yep. That's me. Here's the thing: I don't care about my size anymore. Yeah, you heard me. Do I want to be healthy? Of course! But I don't obsess over the number on my tag like I used to. These days, I exercise for my brain. Because slipping in a pair of earbuds and walking at a fast pace, with nothing around me but Mother Nature, really sparks my creativity. When I sit down to write, edit, work on my website or create content for social media, I find my fingers are flying and everything's connecting far faster than if I'd gone straight from bed to shower to coffee to computer. Disciplining yourself to add exercise to your daily routine will improve productivity by leaps and bounds. Guaranteed.

3. Taking Time for You. As a wife and a mommy with a full time job, allotting time for myself is not only something that's hard, it's something that, until recently, I felt guilty for even considering. Who am I to demand time to myself? What have I done to deserve it? Well, I'm here to tell you that you DO deserve it, and you ARE someone who not only works hard but who needs time to rejuvenate. The problem with NOT taking time for yourself is you risk the terrible reality of burnout. And burnout, my darlings, leads to depression. Yep. True story. So, whether it's spending your lunch break at a nice restaurant all by yourself (I did this recently and it was AWESOME!), or lighting a few candles and drawing yourself a bubble bath or even slipping into a quiet cubby in the library and reading a book, you need time to decompress and unwind -- All. By. Yourself. This will also lead to better productivity. I know, right? Who knew??

4. Remembering Your Why. Oh, this is a big one. I read recently that it's up to you to figure out your WHY. The Universe will take care of the HOW. Why did I start my own company? Why do I write and publish books? Why do I work to set up speaking events in front of fellow writers and authors? Because I want to help people. I want to see other writers succeed, to use my own experiences and expertise to guide them to their full potential. And I want to create a life in which I have the freedom of finance and time to do whatever I want to do. Whether it's traveling or spending time with my loved ones, I want that kind of freedom. To be my own boss. Those are my WHYS. And I have complete faith in the Universe and the God in whom I believe to pave the path of HOW I'm going to get there.

Your thoughts are powerful, folks. I want you to know that. Want you to believe it. To trust in yourself and your potential. Everything you need to succeed is inside of you, at your fingertips, waiting for you to grab hold and soar into the life you want. Some may think I'm crazy. That's okay. But I'm telling you right now that all of this works for me. Is it magic? I don't know. Over-analyzing is never a good thing, in my opinion. Keep life simple. Keep life positive. Keep your eyes on the goal. Keep your mind in constant gratefulness. Keep your heart focused on your why.

Love you guys.

Peace, Love and Junior Mints,


1 comment

Andrew Leon said...

You had to put in the part about exercising? Seriously!?
What IS wrong with you?!?

Actually, my wife and I were just talking about that yesterday. It's so easy to let that slip in favor of actually accomplishing things.

And you'll have to re-explain the "time for you" section. I... don't understand.
Or someone(s) in my house doesn't.

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