9 Steps To Writing Your First Book

Write. Just Write. When writing, forget about being perfect. Just focus on getting the information out of your head and on paper

It’s such an exciting time to think about publishing your very own book! It certainly was for me when I did my research and got it published in the Journal of American Academy of Business Cambridge (JAABC), as well as my books on success strategies and leadership. I am now busy writing a new inspirational book. Tons of Lush near Edible excitement especially when you receive the first printed copy! Woo-hoo!

I have been getting requests from interested first time writers and decided to share my personal thoughts on how to get the writing done in order to get published. To be honest I understand the Seriousness of this goal. So here are my own 9 steps to get you going.

9 Steps to Getting Your Book Done

1.Develop that mindset.
Goal achievement begins in the mind. Think of the saying “if you can imagine it you can achieve it”. So get your mind focused and begin the steps to achieve!

2. Write What You Know
Write what you know but be realistic. Don’t start learning a new skill in order to write a book. Use your own life experience. Do you have a skill? Are you an expert at something such as managing a business, a hobby, relationship experience, or other? Why not consider writing your biography ….your own life story. Whatever you decide, make sure it is important to you and something that you are passionate and knowledgeable about.

Write. Just Write

3. Write. Just Write.
Once you have decided what you’re going to write about, just write. It’s that simple. Write in your laptop, iPad, desktop, phone, or even the old fashion hard copy steno-book. Your choice. Just write.

4. Forget About Editing During The First Draft
When writing, forget about being perfect. Just focus on getting the information out of your head and on paper, or whatever means you choose to write in.

5. Take Breaks.
Go to places that inspire. Walk on the beach. Embrace nature. Do your favorite activity. Watch a movie. Read. Pamper yourself. Simply do something that inspires you. Something that ignites your passion… your writing

6. Capture Those Thoughts
Lest we forget, always keep a medium to capture those thoughts handy. It’s not uncommon to see something that inspires you even though you’re not in that ‘writing space’. Just get it written down… somehow. Missing that moment often leads to frustration when you get back to your space and can’t remember what you wanted to write.

7. Set Deadlines 
Defining a deadline for completion helps you achieve your goal. So for example if you decide to get published by year end, then set a plan to write everyday, every weekend, or plan a vacation getaway or retreat just to write. Plans are like road maps or GPS. There is a starting and an ending point. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there… and I dare say that  you may not like where you end up.

8. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself
Enjoy the ride. If you miss a day, two, three or more, don’t get stuck. Just get back on track and write.

9. Don’t Quit
Achieving a goal has never been easy. Be Aware. Keep the momentum going. Cry if you must at times but keep going. If it will help, get an accountability partner or coach who will help you achieve your goal.

So there you have it . 9 Steps to becoming that author you’ve always dreamed of. You have it in you… so go for it!

Cheers!

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do…

clearing your mind of the dissonance so common to times of transition.

Years ago I bought a book titled What to do when you don’t Know What to do. I was going through a period of transition. I didn’t know what to do, or where to go. I wandered into a bookstore and started searching for something…anything. After browsing for about an hour, I saw that title and it spoke to me. Without thinking I bought the book.

Another time I was at the airport traveling on business and needed something to read. Then I saw it …a book titled Sometimes you Win, Sometimes you  Learn by John Maxwell. Another travel search – God Will Make a Way. Sometimes just reading the title draws me in and makes me buy the book. I have learned that books speak to us as though it were divine intervention, Lovingly shouting” here I am, buy me”! So writers, write on! Even your titles sell books!

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Times of Transition

In essence, whenever you’re going through stuff…be it on the job, in your business, relationship, friends or family that causes you to Tremble, go to your quiet place and whisper. The silence will draw you into that place where you can experience quiet, loving solitude and inner peace. If time away does not help, then speak with a coach, or a professional who can assist you with clearing your mind of the dissonance so common to times of transition.

Cheers!

Goals: 5 Ways to Achieve…

Be bold. Be Different.

A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result


Dreams, goals, aspirations. We all have them. We plan, we pray, we struggle, we wander. At times things seem Overwhelming. But as we focus our efforts and ambitions on our desired results, here are 5 Key Learning Nuggets to guide our strides to achieve.

5 Ways to Achieve Goals

1)Focus. Know where you want to go and what you want to achieve. It will happen even when faced with difficulties.

2)Have a plan. Work that plan.

3)Be Alert. Keep your eyes on the goal

4)Be Unconventional. Go against the odds. Not because many have done things in a particular way means you should follow. Be bold. Be Different.
5)Surround yourself with capable people who are going in the same direction.

Caution

A word of caution. As you get ready to follow these strategies… remember your VALUES. These play an important role in goal achievement. Afterall you don’t want to win against all odds …do you?

Goals–it’s Clean and clear…go get ’em!

Cheers!

The Color Yellow…

The color Yellow enhances vision, builds confidence

Beautiful, serene, inviting. The color yellow represents youth, fun, sunshine, optimism, and other happy feelings. On the other hand it also means jealousy, cowardice, and deceit.

The color Yellow activates memory, encourages communication, enhances vision, builds confidence, and stimulates the nervous system. Through its bright effect, the color yellow calls attention and when combined with black illuminates readability from distances. Hence its use on school buses, traffic signs, and more.

The color yellow tugs at the heart depicting welcome home to loved ones afar.

So today if you’re feeling blue as an entrepreneur, lack of growth at a career endeavor, of if you are at a transition point in your life, stand tall. Focus on the positive. Talk with a friend or coach. Believing for the best encourages us to achieve our goals, dreams, and aspirations. It’s that Automatic.

Cheers!

Success Starts Here…


Peter Souza, former official White House photographer, when asked about his success said “you have gotta start somewhere and there is no one path to be successful”  (in his case photography). But I extend it to say, it is the same thing for any endeavor we strive for in life. You have to start somewhere.

So when you feel Cranky, keep Climbing. Give it your best shot. Believe and you will achieve.

Cheers!

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Graceful Privacy…

enhances feelings of peace, serenity, and a sense of calm

Nature’s beauty emanates an aura of natural Elegance so divine yet Graceful. It enhances feelings of peace, serenity, and a sense of calm quietly tugging at deep Privacy within. Mountains, terrains, and hills stand tall often overlooking beaches and seas of grace across different continents far and wide.

No matter the location–be it Europe, USA, the Caribbean–solitude beckons. Step out, conceptualize ambitions, goals, and dreams so fine. Writings-hungrily inspired will never keep up.. and yet I hope you dance.

Whatever your preference, plan to stop…to reboot. Keep a tab of your goals and steps to achieve. Then write, strive, believe, and you will achieve.

Cheers!

The Year in Review

Twas a busy year but still felt as though some things were not done. So I compiled the events and activities and realized twas indeed alot. Looking back does provide the solace to step into the new with full force.

Sleeves already rolled for ….Goal ahead!

Cheers to the new!

Fishing for Goal…

“The most important thing …is not winning but taking part; 

The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well”

Got Big Goals? Don’t be afraid? Just do it. Big goals stretch us. The journey of reaching for them builds our stamina, our resilience. We find out things about ourselves that we never knew existed. Along the path we encourage others with the spirit to never-give- up. When the odds are against us, we learn to bounce back. Our desire to achieve and it’s in the trek that we find ourselves. We find who we are. We discover others and things that distract that we  must negate from our lives. Fishing out people who discourage us, we would do well to keep at a distance.

So let’s remember that the essential thing in life is not conquering but …let us fight well.

Cheers!

Visions Martyred…

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Look closely. What do you see? Look again.

Dreams

That inner feeling that quietly tugs at your heart. Look closely. Listen quietly. You will hear. Les Brown promoted the saying that the grave is filled with dreams that were never realized.

For years my mom wanted to write her story. She wrote on notepads, pieces of paper, then typewriter, then started reaching for the computer. A journey that lasted decades throughout her life. A journey that was never to be fulfilled. My sister too-like a Martyr stricken by the ravishes of cancer, dreamed of telling her story but like my mom, she too passed away with it in her heart quietly waiting. She accomplished much yet still had that silent dream that was never fulfilled.

Today I write to inspire you, you, and you to go after your dreams, goals and aspirations. Make them real before it’s too late. Don’t wait until the new year…start today. Look back. Reflect. Connect the dots. Create that driving vision. Then Act. It does not have to be perfect. Just start the journey today before it all Vanish.

Cheers!

Culture: Why Do You Do What You Do? 🤔

If you know the why, you will find the how. What does that mean?

The Why

Why do you do what you do? Is it for money? For fame? Love? To make a contribution to society? To leave a legacy?

The How

Finding the how is not as difficult as we make it. In this instance HOW means to create a desired result. This means different things to different people. Some believe the how is too hard. They do not have that Culture of discipline to accomplish their goals. On the other hand there are those who have the drive, the will, the passion to forge ahead no matter what comes their way.

In the movie Castaway, actor Tom Hanks played the role of being shipwrecked on an island waiting to be rescued. After years of waiting, he remembered his why. He wanted to survive to return to his beloved wife. Her picture kept him going throughout his tragic circumstances.

 

Similarly in the movie Everest, climbers reached the top and were elated but encountered setbacks on descent through severe weather conditions. Their why was to reach the top. Once that was done, in the midst of setbacks all but one froze into non existence because the how was beyond their natural scope.

Vigors of Success…

How many of us walk around alive but frozen? We meander doing daily tasks, attending to work needs, family responsibilities, and more but miss the very essence of our ‘why’. As we approach the end of another year, it might be wise to Stop. Take the time to reflect on your ‘why’. Why do you do what you do? What makes you tick? What provides that zeal…that passion to forge ahead when the going gets tough?

Only then you will be able understand your how. Today, look back on your journey. Are you still on the right path? Connect the dots and move forward to achieve your dreams, goals and aspirations.

Cheers!

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