Many of you know that I recently published a new book. It is the fourth book that I have written or co-written in the last four years. Each book has been a labor of love and I can honestly say that each one has its own unique style and story.
Some of my friends and colleagues question where I found the time to write one book, let alone four. They tell me they could never do something like this, even though many say that secretly they have always had a desire to publish. I always ask them, “What are you waiting for?” Responses vary and some have asked if I have a recipe for success. Let me share that with them and you in this posting.
First of all, let me acknowledge that big projects can be paralyzing. The thought of taking on something that has the potential to change your business and possibly your life can be overwhelming, and in some cases, frightening. Take a deep breath and know that whether you succeed or fail, what matters is how much you learn and grow in the process.
The steps that I follow when it comes to taking on a challenge go like this:
- Have someone throw down a challenge. For each of the books that I wrote, I had someone challenge me by saying, “I bet you can’t…” My goal was to show them that I could. In one instance I actually challenged myself. You can, too.
- Break the project into parts and outsource what you can. Line up the talent you will need to support you as you stretch to meet your goal.
- Block the project. If you are writing a book, for example, determine how many pages you will need to write each day to complete your book by the deadline.
- Rid yourself of distractions. This means finding a time of day and a place to work that will fuel your creativity and energy level.
- Monitor your progress. As you move toward your deadline, you may need to make adjustments to your completion date, but I suggest using more outsourced talent or increasing the amount of time you spend each day on the project to reach your goal.
- Celebrate afterwards. Acknowledging and celebrating past success is the foundation and basis for future success. Be sure to include this step in your planning!
So to all of my friends and anyone who is considering taking on something big – writing that book, running for public office, starting your own business, changing careers, or getting out of a situation that no longer serves you – you can do it.
Now this is your coach talking – get out there and show me that you can!