Want a big permanent red carpet smile on your face? Want motivation and enthusiasm to finish your book project?
It was a dark and stormy divorce that led me back to my true self. It was too many hurdles and mixed messages at the colleges where I was a trainer that led me to become an entrepreneur. I taught Business English as one course. But the pay turned out to not be $50 an hour, but $2 after reading the 20 pages of each student’s term paper.
Even if I didn’t know for sure, I would become The Original Book Coach. For over five years in the 90’s, I taught ongoing “How to Write a Book” seminars in San Diego. And then, the Internet!
One Big Tip I Give You, My Readers
From my past years of publishing books, such as Beyond Speed Reading and Super Learning and giving seminars on them, I advise you to take action within 24 hours of learning a new skill. That’s the difference between me and other people who claim to coach on book writing and publishing. I know why to take action and I know when to take action so you can actually finish your writing project fast.
On The Road to My Life’s Purpose (could be yours too)
I renewed my daily personal growth practices of gratitudes, affirmations, and forgivenesses. I practiced self love and took a few risks and connected with wonderful influential people in the book publishing and marketing field. I joined a love-based weekly business support group called GROW (Giving and Receiving for Women) in San Diego.
I knew how to connect with my ideal audience of mostly high-functioning entrepreneurs and business leaders, who loved my step-by-step how to’s on every aspect of writing a book. I educated myself and took business seminars and online teleseminars from mentors who were ahead of me in certain skills.
One San Diego business leader, Marc Le Blanc, taught me that to succeed in business, we needed to take high level actions each day. And John Kremmer, a seasoned book marketing guru, said the same thing. I immediately put their advice into practice.
It seems easy enough to write a book, and it is also a long project with many parts. I’m just grateful I focused on book writing in the 80’s to now. While I took some necessary breaks, I always returned to my happy life as a book coach.
As you will learn to do, I wrote my daily 3-5 High Level Activities to build my signature book on writing a book fast and to develop my successful book coaching business of 30 years now.
Have you written book goals, didn’t complete them, and didn’t support your Life’s Purpose?
One Marine attended my second Find Your Purpose seminar and jumped up after one of the exercises we did. He wanted to share his gifts of being a consultant in the creative artist world. His new life’s purpose wouldn’t support him in his former military behavior. He looked as content as a napping dog at that moment.
My quick advice to start your book?
Discover your life’s purpose and apply it to your wonderful book that needs nurturing just like you do. When you set your book goals and they support your life’s purpose, your book almost writes itself. Unleash your passion (love energy) you can live your life’s purpose daily with or without writing a book. But so much more with a book because you are writing it from love for your ideal audience.
Let’s keep discovering…
Now I want to show you how to go deeper and unlock your “super energy” to be able to be laser focused on your book projects and finish your book!
Have you noticed how some people create all the love, energy, health, relationships, money, things and meaning anyone could want? The simple answer is Passion. Passion is more than intense feelings; it’s the very essence of who we are.
For many of us our passion idles like a parked car, not going anywhere, not living its purpose. WE feel trapped in busy, hurry up, struggle and stress. Our days are spent pleasing others, wondering at the end of day, “what happened to me?”
To unbridle our passion, we must take the brakes off, open up to life, change gears and live our unique lives fully. Each of us wants a simple, harmonious life.
We want self-satisfaction and when we realize each of us has a purpose to fulfill, a reason to be here on earth. We can look at our special gifts or talents to share with others to make our world a special place. When we share our purpose, our passion emerges and the universe responds rewarding us with the right people, events and things that help us grow.
If you knew you were here to serve, life becomes how do I serve, not what do I get? When fully engaged in sharing your life’s gifts from the heart, your passion ignites and lasts. You fall in love with yourself all over again!
Take This Self Test…
- In this life, what purpose am I fulfilling?
- To be here, what do I want?
- How would I live if I had purpose and power?
- Am I fulfilling my purpose or am I waiting for…?
- Does my purpose depend on another person or situation?
Think. Maybe your purpose is to simply love everyone, including yourself unconditionally or to share your gifts.
Do you ever say, “Someday, I’m gonna write a book that will help my ideal audience get this.”? Of course, Someday Is not a day of the week, so will it get done?
See your Goals Relating to Your Purpose
Picture a pyramid divided into three equal sections. Think of the bottom third section as your life’s purpose, the foundation.
In the middle section you will write your goals, affirmations, specific desired outcomes and steps to take.
At the top of the pyramid stands the intrinsic, what you really want out of life. Maybe satisfaction, peace of mind, happiness, love, joy, sharing your gifts.
Your Goal? See yourselves having it; feel its impact and feel a sense of well being having done it.
Five Steps to Clarify Your Life’s Purpose
1. Practice taking 10 deep, satisfying breaths.
Listen to your breathing for a while. Is it slow? Is it relaxed Give yourself the time to set the stage for the truth of you to emerge.
2. In your personal pages (journal) list 2 or more of your unique talents.
Choose from these examples or add your own: versatility, caring, intuition, passion, empathy, good listener, determination, persistence,, problem solving abilities, enthusiasm, charisma, loving energy, creativity, humor, wisdom, integrity, humility, open-mindedness, good nature, cheerfulness, clarity, optimism, vitality, ambition.
3. In your same journal write 2 or more ways you can use these talents.
Choose from these examples or add your own: help, assist, comfort, heal, guide, counsel, coach, teach, facilitate, perceive, consult, teach, empower, listen, organize, accomplish, give love, encourage, uplift, support, discover, inspire, bring out the best, and share.
4. In your personal journal pages, describe a perfect world as you want it to be/ Use pictures, sounds, feelings.
5. In your same pages write a draft of your life’s purpose.
Judy’s Example of her Purpose
The purpose of my life is to live, learn, grow, and authentically experience life as fully as possible. I’ll use my enthusiasm and problem solving abilities to encourage, support, and assist other high functioning entrepreneurs to get the right writing skills, to get clarity on their book, and finish their book projects fast. They’ll have a permanent smile on their faces. In a world of harmony, peace and confidence.
Author’s Final Note
This linear exercise may help get you closer to your life’s purpose. After you write it, get feedback on what parts are true and what needs changing. Transfer it to a 3″ by 5″ card and carry it with you each day. When something comes up that may seem exciting or fun, check it out with your purpose. When you set a goal and write it, ask yourself, “Does it support my purpose?”
Our purpose is the foundation for our goals and plans and finally, our true authentic self. Test to see if your new goal will match your purpose. When these are in alignment, we feel ongoing satisfaction and motivated to finish our writing projects. Isn’t that what life is all about?
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