Ask 20 published authors what their secret to success is and you’ll get at least 20 answers. Some might say focus, while others will say planning, and still others will suggest that a month spent at their favorite locale is just the ticket to spark creativity and cause the words to flow.
suggestion is that there is absolutely, positively one thing – only one – that
is needed to become a successful published. Whether you’re in the beginning
stages of writing your book, or you’ve got what you hope to be a best seller in
the palm of your hands, what you need to make a success of this publishing
thing is plain and simple: A.I.R. No, I don’t mean the stuff that you inhale
and exhale unconsciously every single moment. What I mean is this: Action Is
Required. That’s it! Action Is Required.
while reading the book The Success Project: The Making of a Worthy Ideal
by Belinda Mays (she was my guest on “Book Your Success” yesterday),
I read about Parkinson’s Law. The law states that “Work expands so as to fill
the time available for its completion.” In essence, however much time you give
yourself to do something is how much time it will take (if not more). Think about
that. So if you never set a deadline for completing your book or creating a
blog, or doing the virtual book tour, you'll never get around to doing
and due dates are dreaded by most everyone. No one wants to feel the pressure
of having to finish something by a certain date. What if something comes up to
prevent you from making the deadline? Yet, a better question is, what are you
missing by procrastinating and making one excuse after another for failing to
accomplish your goal of getting your book published, promoted and sold? How
much visibility could you have gained? How much money could you have earned?
How many more customers could you have landed?
there’s no sense in thinking about that now. My point here is that you must
take action on your book project TODAY! Set some deadlines and due dates.
Create a timeline for when steps one, two and three will be accomplished. Even
small steps matter. But deadlines don’t matter if you don’t take some action.
By the way, this goes for practically everything else in your life. Whether you
wish to take a trip, own a house, lose weight, read more, learn to play an
instrument, clean your office or complete your business plan, taking action is
a necessity if you want to see some progress and results.
get stuck thinking and wishing and planning. That can become a lonely hole you
dig for yourself. It suffocates the goal. You watch others achieve their goals
and then you renew your commitment to get yours done. Then something comes up;
another distraction disguised as an emergency that eventually becomes nothing
more than an excuse. What you don't realize is that you're still stuck in the
hole. Do yourself a favor – come up for A.I.R.!
don't have to have the entire thing planned out, but take some action. You
don't have to have all the answers, just take some action. You don't need to
know how much and how many and how often, just do something. As Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to
see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” In other words, Action Is
What action will you take this week
towards accomplishing your goals for your book project?