Writing a Book: An Organizing Victory

“I want you to write a book in 90 days.”

Those were the words of my coach, Mark LeBlanc of Small Business Success in May 2009. I took a deep breath and said, “OK, how do I do that?” I wanted to write a book. In fact, it had been a goal of mine for years. I even had some pieces of it written. I just had no clue about how take that enormous task and break it down so I could keep from running away from it. And, as a small business owner and the CEO of my home, how was I going to make time to write?

For more than 13 years I have helped clients figure out how to get overwhelming tasks done. I was supposed to know how to do that. But, I too am human and subject to shutting down, especially when it involves my work. Fortunately I wanted to write the book badly enough that when Mark made his suggestion, I was actually intrigued that he thought it was possible for me to write a book in such a short time. I put aside my pride and insecurities and asked him to help me figure out how to make it happen.

“Write 50 minutes a day, five days a week, “ he said.

I could do that! Claiming the first 50 minutes of each day was entirely possible. That formula worked! I set a goal to write at least a paragraph every week day and was off and running. Once I got over the logistical barrier of how to make time and got started, my writing took off. By the end of August the cover was done and the manuscript was being edited. Rock Scissors Paper: Understanding How Environment Affects Your Behavior on a Daily Basis was available for sale in December.

It was miraculous how I got just the help I needed when I needed it. With Mark’s support and belief in me and my commitment to the project, all I had to do was start and be disciplined about working at it every week day with the end in mind–creating a book that puts words to the information and processes I use to help clients move forward with their lives, making it possible for many more people to empower themselves by deliberately making positive changes to their home and office environments.

Is there something you really want to do, but keep running from? What is blocking you? If you too are feeling overwhelmed and stymied by the enormity of the challenge, find a way to move beyond your mental obstacles. You may be surprised at how much help you get once you really commit yourself to your goal and are open to getting help to make it happen!

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