How is it going with your dream to be published, popular and paid well?
I remember the 1980’s, I taught college writing and speedreading and was sick of the bureaucracy. So many rules. One office staff member of one college called me “The Xerox Abuser.” Another gave me bad high-traffic times for my courses when she missed my email. Often, deans would call me in because my students just wanted to answer the questions at the back of the chapters. Too creative to fit the mold. They were right!
I knew then that I must write books to empower others to grow their self-reliance and make their life dreams true. My early books were “How to Create your Own Job,” ” Marketing is a Philosophy, not a Department,” Beyond Speedreading” and “The San Diego Annotated Networking Directory.” Oddly, the colleges used my books, and created the Personal Growth 46 programs for me to showcase personal growth skills and the books.
Thanks again Judy, you’ve really motivated me.”
I soon turned to create my first business, Skills Unlimited Seminars, where I wrote the programs and made them extremely profitable by requiring my short books for each one. These ranged from “The One Minute Nurse” to my “Passion at Any Age,” “Conquering Clutter,” and numerous holistic health books and seminars including “10 Ways to Supermemory”. After 10 years of presenting “How to Write your Book” seminars, I wrote my “Write your eBook or Other Short Book - Fast!” best-selling book for my Skills Unlimited Publishing extension of my business. Hired by many seminar companies and entrepreneurial programs in colleges, I presented them four days a week usually, and sold all the books at appropriate seminars.
Since loving to write promotional material, I did all the marketing, writing 100’s of press releases, published weekly in the 40 San Diego newspapers. I even wrote a directory on that and sold it to entrepreneurs. One press release brought me 250 attendees to a book seminar. Each bought a book, 20 joined my group, and four became book coaching clients. I spoke at business groups and sold books at the back of the room.
Because there was a need for it, I launched my book coaching services and wrote “LinkedIn Marketing” and “Advanced Article Marketing.” Most authors are lost and stumble until they get help.
One of my writing students was a webmaster. Although I kicked and screamed all the way to the internet, with her help, I put up my first website. Following that, in 2000 I put up my bookcoaching.com site that is still going strong today!
Of course, we update and optimize yearly and have added a blog of writing and marketing tips available free. My site offers how to’s on social media marketing, book writing and publishing, book marketing and sales writing for any small business. My resource page offers 14 of my products, and books by other great authors, plus coaching pages for book writing and marketing, business growing, social media and how to brand YOU and your business.
You may say, wow, you are persistent, work so much, and maybe you are crazy! Yes to all three! And. it has paid off.
I’m still enjoying it all, yet not working more than four hours a day most of the time.
I ask you readers, what obstacles are holding your book or business dream back?
- Do you fear criticism or failure?
- Do you feel your book isn’t good enough?
- Do you have poorly defined goals?
- Do you wish instead of act?
- Do you put things off that look difficult?
- Can’t decide what to do first, second and third?
- Do you lack planning, and scheduling actions?
- Do you use money as an excuse?
- Do you use take too much time to stop you?
- Is your desire just a little, medium or intense to do this?
One book I loved, “Think and Grow Rich,” presented a self-test to discover our strengths and weaknesses.
Seven Persistence Mindset Solutions
1. A strong sense of purpose.
Knowing what you want and having a strong motive (goals) will enable you to get around obstacles.
Believing in yourself and your abilities will enable you to follow through.
If you don’t want something badly enough, really want it, you won’t put in the amount of work required to achieve it. You’ll give up.
4. Organized plans.
You’ve thought it through and written your plan. You know what the next steps are.
Superstars do what needs to be done, not necessarily what they’d like to be doing. Practice my motto: Get Ready, Fire and Aim! Stop the research and planning now. Without action not much will happen.
6. Conquering fear.
Keep taking actions that show your courage to overcome fear. Every decision we make is stepping into the unknown. It’s taking a risk. Sometimes we win; sometimes we make the wrong decision. But if we don’t step through our fears, we’ll never get what we want.
7. Loving a challenge.
Always being “Green and Growing,” not Ripe and Rotting.”
Finally, it’s helpful to have support from someone, someone who can encourage you and help keep you on track. Professional Coaches serve this purpose. I’ve used many coaches during the last 25 years. They are my cheerleader, my sounding board, and with ongoing sessions, they keep me responsible and help me stay on target.
Faith also helps. Knowing the All-Knowing Source is always there, something I can reach out to, that always supports me, wants the best for me, and wants me to be my best. It’s us that say no; the Universe always says yes!
Just remember, we all fail. It’s our response to the failure that determines our book or business success.
To lighten your load, overcome wasting time and money mistakes, and finish your project before you die, consider hiring a coach who will kick your persistence qualities into gear.
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