If You Want To Believe Something New, You Have To Figure Out What That New Belief Is And Then Live Into It

For the last few months I’ve been really committed to working through my old, limiting beliefs and creating new ones that better-support the direction I want to go in my life and business. And as I’ve begun to create these new beliefs, I’ve also begun to see them show up in my life.

But along with the new beliefs showing up in my reality have come a lot of tests from the Universe. Challenges that have gotten in my face and basically pushed me on whether I’m really committed to these new beliefs sticking or not.

One of the new beliefs I’ve created that has actually started to show up is “the more money I spend, the more money I make.” I’ve had many ridiculously awesome times over the last few months where this belief has shown up in my life and kinda blown my mind (like the night I went to a wine bar with my hubs, spent $50 and made $600 while I was there).

But there have also been challenging moments where I’m being tested on this belief. Because if I truly, 100 percent actually believed this new belief was true for me, I’d continue to act in ways that show I believe it’s true for me.

Spending money on fun stuff like workshops or books or dinners out is easy. That kind of stuff doesn’t take much convincing. You just spend the money and don’t think twice about it. Done.

But one investment I’ve needed to make for a very long time now has been tough for me. And that’s hiring a team of people to support me in my business and life.

And I’ve been triggered many times lately by stuff that’s come up for me. First, my current social media VA wanted to add more hours onto our agreement, so she can help me even more. Then I totally lost control of my inbox, way more than I usually do, and thousands of emails are piling up (which also means important emails are getting lost in the shuffle). And then I started to feel totally out of control with all the personal stuff I need to take care (phone calls that need to be made, appointments that need to be set, etc).

It was the first time I really felt totally out of control. Like no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get on top of things.

I was waking up in the morning feeling panicked with how much stuff was being left undone in my biz and life. And I don’t like that feeling.

So I asked myself, what would I need to believe to clean all of this up and feel back on top of things? And the belief that came to me was: the more money I spend, the more money I make.

And I knew right away what that belief related to: hiring a support team.

I’ve gotten to a point in my business where the clients are rolling in with ease and my workshops are filling up and I’ve got more and more offers on the table for additional projects to take on. It’s a good problem to have–don’t get me wrong!

But it’s also caused me to be triggered A LOT. Because I’ve always been a control freak. I have a very hard time asking for help. And even when I do get around to asking for help (when things start to get overwhelming), I hardly ever follow through with it and still just end up doing the work myself.

My business and my personal life have been suffering because of this. I’ve been spending way too much of my time on stuff that I’m good at, but that aren’t in my Zone of Genius (read The Big Leap for more on that).

My focus in my business and life should be on the following: writing, speaking, teaching, creating and being me. Period.

Those are the only things I should be doing every day.

Yet I was finding myself slogging through hundreds of emails, wasting hours of my time on the phone trying to make appointments or handle personal stuff, and doing all kinds of tech shit in my biz that, although I know how to do it and have done it for a decade now, I don’t really want to be doing anymore.

And last night, it all came to a head.

Because I’m exhausted. I’m stressed. And I’m burned the fuck out.

NOT on the stuff that fuels my soul–the writing, the speaking, the teaching, the creating and doing all the other stuff I love to do in my life. But on the stuff that was weighing me down: the admin and the tech shit.

Trying to do all of that and basically being a one-woman-show for so many years now has essentially meant that my business hasn’t grown nearly as much as it could have and should have by now. Because when you’re trying to do the admin and tech shit, you don’t have the mental capacity to handle the creative stuff and the growth stuff as much.

So while I’ve created A TON over the last 7 months–and WAY MORE than most people create in several years time–I’ve still felt like nothing was getting done. I still felt like I wasn’t accomplishing enough and I’d go to bed at night feeling disappointed that I didn’t get more done.

And this is coming from someone who has launched 3-4 new workshops, books and products EVERY SINGLE MONTH this year. (Trust me when I say creativity and doing the work is not a problem for me!!)

But as a control freak and as someone who has a very, VERY hard time letting go, it felt impossible to hand any of that stuff off to someone else. Even if it was giving me a huge headache and causing me to feel massively overwhelmed.

I don’t know if it’s my move to Austin (total life up-level!!), the solar ecllipse energy or all of the messages the Universe has been sending me lately, but this week I decided that I’ve had it. That I can’t keep operating like this. That if I ever want to be the multi-millionaire I KNOW I’m meant to be, I can’t keep this up.

I have to let go.

I have to ask for help AND actually allow myself to receive it.

I have to stop doing things how I’ve done them for the last decade.

Otherwise I’ll never get where I want to go. I’ll just continue to be stuck in the same place. Which is how I’ve felt in my business the last couple years.

And then last night it hit me–if I actually truly FULLY believed my new belief that the more money I spend, the more money I make, wouldn’t I have hired a team to support me by now? Wouldn’t I have not even worried about the cost and just made the fucking investment?

Because I know how much it’s gonna help me and I know how much I’ve needed it and I know that all the successful multi-millionaire entrepreneur friends in my life ALL have support teams.

No one gets to a million dollars all by themselves. They may be self-made, but they are supported behind the scenes.

Multi-millionaires aren’t making their own personal appointments or tracking their email inbox or doing tech set up in their businesses. And if they were, they wouldn’t be multi-millionaires.

Because time is a prescious resource and people who make that much money know that. And, really, investing in a team is what has allowed them to make that kind of money, because they’re able to just focus on the things they’re really great at (aka: their Zone of Genius) and let their team handle the rest.

I’ve said it before, but it needs to be repeated: you can NEVER EVER EVER EVER burn out on your soul work.

Your soul work is the stuff that energizes you and makes you feel alive. It’s the stuff that fuels you. And you know when you’ve hit on your soul work because after spending time doing it, you feel lit up and high-vibe and so fucking joyful.

It’s like you’re high, but without the drugs.

If you’re doing your soul work in your life, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That feeling of elation, of anything is possible, of YES!! I fucking LOVE MY LIFE!!!

Yeah. THAT feeling.

I know it well. But I haven’t felt it as much lately as I’ve been bogged down in admin and tech shit in my business.

And to continue creating that feeling in my life (because OF COURSE I want MORE of that!!), I know that it’s time to put my money where my belief is. It’s time for me to stop being a control freak and stop trying to do everything.

It’s time for me to hire a support team.

I used to wear the one-woman-show as a badge of honor. Like, see how awesome I am? I do everything in my business and life and I STILL create massive amount of content and courses and products and offers.

But then I started to wonder… what would I be able to create if I DIDN’T do everything in my business?

How much more on fire would I feel in my life if I WASN’T a one-woman-show? If I had a team of people to support me in doing the stuff that is not my soul work, so I can focus exclusively on the things that make me feel the way I want to feel in my life and biz?

Well, I don’t have the answer to that yet. BUT I’m about to find out.

Because I’m about to start FULLY living into that new belief I’ve created that has been showing up for me already… the more money I spend, the more money I make.

I’m adding the extra hours for my social media VA. I hired an Admin and Personal Assistant this week who’s gonna make all of my phone calls for me and handle admin in my business, including managing my inbox and making sure the important stuff doesn’t get lost. And I’m in the process of hiring a tech VA who is gonna do all the tech set up in my biz.

Because if the more money I spend, the more money I make was actually a solid belief that I have, there’s no reason for me not to hire this team to support me. And there’s no reason I should have to keep operating this way.

Continuing to operate this way–as a one-woman-show–really just sends the message to the Universe that not only am I not ready to have all the success I say I want, but also that I don’t actually fully believe the new beliefs I’m creating.

It’s really simple. To create a new belief you have to decide what that belief is and then you have to go live into it and act as if it’s already true, doing the things and taking the actions you’d take if you already held that belief.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m gonna live into my belief that the more money I spend, the more money I make.

AND I’m creating another belief that will help me transition from being a one-woman-show to having a team who supports me… I allow myself to be supported.

Last night I posted the BEST JOB AD EVER to find a soul-sister VA who could help me with the tech shit in my biz. I felt incredibly high-vibe writing that post out and hitting “publish” on it.

Immediately after I did, I had several people hit me up for the position. AND I also felt this HUGE sense of RELIEF.

The things I’ve been doing and carrying in my business and life for so long now have been weighing me down and stopping me from showing up fully as the writer and author and creator and entrepreneur I know I am inside.

I’m finally ready to let that all go. I’m finally ready to create something new. I’m finally ready to BE the CEO of my business and life.

AND I’m finally ready to live into my new beliefs and to allow myself to be supported by a team of people who are better at the admin and tech shit than I am.

Freeing myself up in this way is gonna give me the ability to do more awesome stuff, like create badass content and trainings for my audience (aka: you). ‘Cause I’ve had so many ideas and projects gathering cobwebs because I haven’t had time to focus on them.

But no more!

I now allow myself to be supported.

I’m letting go of being a control freak. I’m done with that way of living and operating.

It won’t be easy. And I definitely have more limiting beliefs to release (like “no one can do things as good as I can”) and more empowering beliefs to create and continue to reinforce. But I know it’s time.

Where in your life do you need to be supported? How can you release some control so you can have more freedom to spend your time doing your soul work?

Whatever you need help with, I urge you to allow yourself to be supported. It really will change everything.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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Want To Be A NY Times Bestselling Novelist And Have Your Stories Turned Into Movies? Then You Owe It To Your Audience To Learn Craft. Period.

Over the last few days I’ve been wrapping up a content edit for one of my clients. I do a lot of content editing in my business for writers who’ve written a draft and now want to get feedback to make improvements.

I’ve never enjoyed a content edit as much as I did doing this content edit for my long-time client, because as I’ve worked with her over the last couple years, I’ve watched her become better and better at story craft. And it shows in her manuscript.

This is her best one to date. As I was reading it, I just kept thinking how proud I am of her for how far she’s come in such a short period of time.

She’s now a storyteller. She understands structure and opposition and she has character arc and a journey with stakes. She’s spent enough time studying and practicing and learning that she can now write a cohesive, engaging story that makes you want to turn the page and keep reading.

Most stories that I read are a total mess. There’s no structure, the plot is thin, opposition is nowhere to be found and the character arc is nonexistent. And this is a HUGE problem.

In fact, many writers never even hire a content editor (even BIGGER problem!), so they never actually find out what’s wrong with their story and how to fix it. And then, even worse, they go off and self-publish that baby, hoping it will somehow make a bunch of sales and even land them on the NY Times Best Seller list.

Fat chance.

And I’m not saying that to be mean. I’m saying it because landing on the NY Times list is already a hard enough thing to accomplish, but throw into the mix a poorly done story with no structure and no opposition, etc., and you’ve pretty much shot yourself in the foot.

There’s no way your novel will ever land on the NY Times Best Seller list or an Amazon Best Seller list or any list, for that matter, if you haven’t done your due diligence to become an actual storyteller.

News flash: just because you’re a writer and have lots of story ideas doesn’t make you a storyteller.

A storyteller is someone who understands what keeps people hooked. A storyteller knows how to structure a story so that the pacing and the conflict and drama unfold in an optimal way. A storyteller has mastered the craft of weaving words into a cohesive tale.

Writers are born, but storytellers are made.

So while it’s damn-near impossible to teach writing to someone who isn’t meant to be a writer, it’s not impossible to teach a decent writer how to be a good storyteller.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can write all the beautiful prose in the world, but if you don’t know how to write an engaging, cohesive story with structure and opposition, even your beautiful prose can’t save you from the slush pile.

You must learn craft. You must master the art of storytelling. You must do your due diligence.

Not just for yourself as a writer and storyteller, but for your audience, the people who will eventually read the words you’ve weaved into a story.

If you want to be a professional novelist, you have to care enough about your audience to step into the identity of the writer and storyteller you’re meant to be. You have to be willing to go the distance and learn as much as you can about the craft of storytelling.

I often say you must “master” craft, but the truth is, no one ever really masters it. Not even Stephen King. Because there’s always another layer of learning and always a way to go deeper.

Story craft is like an onion. And most writers are still dancing on the surface of it. But they’ve never actually taken the time to peel off the skin and start to dig deeper into the layers.

And that’s a huge mistake. One that could cost you your publishing career before you’ve even gotten it off the ground.

I spent 5+ years studying story and learning structure and gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of how all of the pieces of craft work together to create a cohesive, engaging story that makes you want to keep reading (or watching). And I’m still learning to this day.

Because I know there’s always something else to learn.

A year and a half ago, I didn’t fully understand the nuances of writing a scene. I had a good understanding of purpose and mission and how to inject that into a scene and bring the story to life. But I hadn’t yet learned that, just like your story plot, scenes have a specific structure.

But because I’m always learning and growing and going deeper into my storytelling education, I learned about scene structure and began practicing and implementing it on my own stories and watching it come to life on the screen (I watch A LOT of movies).

Now not only is my own scene-writing better, but I’m able to bring that additional layer of storytelling into my work as a story coach and content editor.

And I’ll never stop. Not ’til the day I take my final breath. Because I am a born writer and a made storyteller.

Telling stories is all I ever wanted to do with my life. I wanted to write and create and make up stories to entertain people. From a young age, I saw myself as a novelist and a screenwriter and watching my stories come to life on the big-screen.

I always knew that was the direction I was heading, even if I pushed it away for a long time (and believe me, I did).

That’s why I’m so committed to being a better storyteller. Because I want my audience to LOVE my stories. I want my audience to RAVE about my stories. I want them to leave me 5-star reviews and beg me to write and release my next story.

I care about my readers. Very much.

That’s why I’ve spent so much time learning story structure. That’s why I hire editors and Beta Readers to read my stories and tell me how to make them better. That’s why, even though I’m a story coach and content editor and have worked with hundreds of writers on planning and developing their stories I still continue to watch and deconstruct movies and read books on craft and dig deeper.

Because I not only want to be one of those storytellers who hits the NY Times Best Seller list and has their stories turned into movies, but I WILL BE one of those storytellers.

I will be at the top of my genre. I will be an Academy-Award winning screenwriter. I will be famous in Hollywood and the writing world for my stories. I’ve already decided all of this and set my mind to it, so I know it’s a done deal.

But that doesn’t mean I can just sit on my ass and write a couple stories.

Knowing what you’re destined for and what you’re meant for and what you want to create in your life is awesome, but it doesn’t excuse you from having to then fully step into the role of being that person–that writer and author and storyteller–right now.

Which means being willing to do the things most writers aren’t. It means spending more time studying craft and practicing storytelling than sitting around watching mindless TV. It means investing the money in a content editor or Beta Readers or a story coach or a workshop or course or book that will help you become better. It means doing the work day-in-and-day-out to improve your storytelling skills and your understanding of craft.

It means being willing to accept that being a great storyteller is a life-long journey that never really ends. Because you’ll never master it and you will die still not knowing everything.

But if you show up every day and do the work, you will become one of those storytellers who gets remembered long after you’re gone.

And, really, if you see yourself as a NY Times Best Selling novelist and you can imagine your stories being made into movies on the big-screen, then you owe it to yourself AND your readers to become the best writer and storyteller you can possibly be.

And it all starts with craft. It starts with becoming an expert in craft–and not just knowing what the pieces of storytelling are, but actually being able to implement those pieces in your own stories.

Do the work. Your future readers will thank you for it.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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Stop Worrying About Not Having Enough Ideas And Turn Yourself Into An Ideas Machine

So often I see writers posting about and talking about the fear of losing ideas or having their ideas stolen. In the world of today, it’s a legit concern, of course.

But that doesn’t mean it’s something you have to constantly worry about or focus on.

I haven’t really talked about this much, but in October 2010, my blog, Procrastinating Writers, got hacked. They stole everything, including Write Everyday, the most amazing writing app my cousin built for me that generated a random writing prompt and then gave you a space to write it in. It was the most popular thing on my blog and brought in a ton of traffic. (Which, if you know anything about websites, is a pretty big deal.)

It happened two years into my blogging journey, when I had already built an audince and had an email list and was selling my own product (an eBook). Readers were emailing me, telling me that all of the links on my site were broken.

When I checked it out, what I saw was devastating.

The homepage of my site was there–and looked totally normal–but when you clicked on the headline to go read the post it took you to a white page with a bunch of random text. But it wasn’t my site.

My site, was gone.

GONE.

It was one of the worst days of my life.

Two full years of blogging, including writing three posts a week for most of 2010. I was beside myself. I went numb.

All of my words. All of the research and ideas and love that I put into building that site… gone.

I didn’t think I’d ever blog again. I gave it up.

For about a week.

And then I had some sense knocked into me by a fellow blogger who suggested I contact her husband for help restoring my site. Thankfully he figured out a way to restore all of my content from an old backup I had. So I didn’t lose all of my posts (just some of them, and that awesome Write Everyday app, damn it!!)

But all of that got me thinking…

What if I DID lose everything?

What if I DID have to totally start over with my blog and do it all again, from scratch?

What if I had to write new posts and come up with new ideas?

Could I do it? Could I really do it all over again?

And it was in this moment that I stopped being attached to my ideas and stopped feeling idea-lack. I realized that I had tons of ideas and I had processes and exercises for generating more of them.

I was an ideas machine. I had ideas coming out of my ears and I could come up with ideas not only for myself, but for other people as well.

I also stopped worrying. I stopped spending any energy or time thinking about or worrying that my blog would get hacked again. (I did set up better protection for my site as to best avoid that happening again, because, of course!).

And as I did this, as I let go of attachment and the feeling of lack around my ideas and realized I could generate ideas whenever I wanted to, I became a whole new kind of writer.

I became a writer who has endless ideas. Who never worries if an idea slips her mind or she loses one or someone steals one, because another one is right there, ready to go.

A quote I used to have written down when I was in high school–and I wish I could remember who said it–went something like this: There are writing ideas in front of you all day long. Great writers see 5-6 of them, most don’t see any.

And it’s SO true!!

Life is the greatest idea source we could ever have access to. And you don’t just have to use your life. You can look at the lives of other people for inspiration too.

If you use life as your inspiration there’s no way in hell you could ever run out of things to write about. Never. It’s impossible, because life is an abundant, endless, infinite muse.

For those who choose to see it that way.

I get emails almost daily from people telling me how much my daily blog posts help them and inspire and motivate them. (I love hearing that!!) And what’s cool is all I ever do (or mostly, anyhow, I suppose I do write about writing and storytelling a lot too) is just write about my life and what I’m thinking or feeling in that moment.

I just pull ideas from the ether and write them down.

I’m an ideas machine. I’m a writer who sees the 5-6 ideas (and sometimes more) every day and uses them to create and put out content for my audience.

And you can be too.

Yes. You.

You can be an ideas machine too. You, too, can pull ideas from the ether and write them down for your audience.

You can be a writer who sees the 5-6 ideas daily. A writer who pays attention. Who asks questions. Who wonders.

A writer who puts out daily (yes, daily!) content, in some way, shape or form.

People are always telling me they can’t understand HOW I create so much content and do so many things. And it really just comes down to paying attention to the ideas and writing them down and being committed to acting on the best ones.

If you want to be an ideas machine and a writer who can generate ideas and creative energy in the drop of a hat, here’s what you need to do:

1. Pay Attention More

Be present in the moment and pay attention to what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling because that is where your best ideas will always be.

2. Write Down Ideas Every Day

As much as possible, spend time generating ideas. I’m constantly making lists of ideas for things I can write about, create, teach, etc. I don’t use most of what I write down, but the act of writing the ideas down always allows the good ones to come through and grab my attention.

And then those are the ones that become books and workshops and blog posts, etc.

3. Believe In Idea Abundance and Know that There’s Always More Where That Came From

When I made the decision to believe that ideas are everywhere and that I never have to worry about losing one or someone stealing one because I always have another, that’s when I became an ideas machine.

4. Create of Iterations

There are no new ideas anymore. Everything has been done before. So all we can do now is put our unique spin on things, by creating iterations of what already exists.

Story planning is not a new thing. I didn’t invent it or put terms to it. But I teach it. I use it as inspiration for my writing. I’ve created content and products around it. Because it’s something that helped me (going back to that whole writing and creating from your life thing) and so I know it can also help you.

What iteration can you create? What ideas can you take and tweak and put your own unique vision and spin on? You’ll never run out of ideas doing this, and each one will be unique and new in its own way.

5. Think Like A Journalist

Look at a situation or a person or place, and ask questions and consider things. Who built this? Why? How did they do it? What does she look like that? What happened to her? What if she was born in a cult? What if her mother never loved her? What if I wasn’t stuck in traffic right now? What if I chose to just take the next exit and see where it takes me?

When you’re inquisitive and you look for the story in everything, you’ll find it. And sometimes it will be something that you actually want to develop further.

How do you generate ideas for your writing? Where does your inspiration come from? Share in the comments.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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The Demons Go Away When You Just Do The Damn Work

For the last week as I avoided doing my writing in favor of all the other things I had going on (moving, unpacking, client work, etc), the inner demons had started to take over. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

The inner voice that tells you you’re not good enough. The one that says you can’t do this and shouldn’t even bother trying. The fear and the doubt and the negativity. The excuses. The BS nonsense.

THOSE inner demons, the ones that so often stop you or get in the way of you doing your writing.

The ones that I usually keep at bay by doing one simple thing: writing every day.

It’s funny to think that these inner demons actually STOP writers from writing. And the reason it’s funny is because to shut those demons up, all you have to do is write. Just sit your ass in a chair and do the writing.

When you do that, the demons are silenced. At least for that day.

Yeah, they will likely come back tomorrow. Battling with the inner demons that try to stop you from doing the work and being the writer and author you want to be is a daily hurdle. It’s just a part of the creative process.

But you can shut the demons up by sitting down and writing anyhow.

I know it’s hard. It really is. Because those inner voices and doubt and fear are a tough battle to fight. They’re constantly there–especially when you’re NOT doing your writing. (In fact, when you’re not doing your writing, they become stronger and gain strength the more you don’t write.)

And it scares you. It makes you not want to do your writing. It stops you.

But if you just sat down anyhow and put words on the page, you’d be amazed how quiet those demons get. Maybe not right away, but eventually. As you keep going.

That was the thing I discovered last night, as I laid down in bed to go to sleep and did a quick review of my day, which I do in my journal pretty much every night. As I wrote out the things that happened in my day that were awesome and that I was proud of, I realized I did my writing. I got it done.

And I not only wrote my blog post, but I also worked on the story plan for my screenplay AND I got started on my new eBook. I did good.

That’s when I noticed that the inner demons were silent. They weren’t popping up telling me I sucked or that I wasn’t a good writer or that I was wasting my time and shouldn’t bother. They didn’t stop me. And they weren’t really bugging me in that moment either.

I silenced them by doing the one thing they don’t want me to do… write.

By sitting down and doing my writing anyhow, even with all the noise and BS and demons in my head, I won. At least for the day.

As I sit here writing this, the demons are still at bay. And they will continue to be there, but I will continue to silence them by showing up and doing the writing.

When you do that every single day, that’s when you build up momentum that will shut those demons down, that will stop them in their tracks. BEFORE they’ve had a chance to dig into you and get in your way and stop you.

And that momentum, when built up enough, will give you back control of your mental space.

BUT if you’re currently listening to those demons–those negative, limiting, annoying voices that tell you you’re not good enough and you shouldn’t be writing and who are you to think you can write, etc–and if you’re allowing those demons to stop you or be the reason why you don’t write on a regular, consistent basis, it’s time to give them up.

And you give them up, by doing the writing.

How do you defeat a dragon? Not by avoiding it. Sure, that may keep it away from you for a little while, but it’s not gone. There’s only one way to make it GONE.

By killing it. By showing up to battle, sword in-hand, and fighting it ’til there’s no breath left in its body.

Same goes for your writing demons.

How do you defeat those voices that plague you? That are constantly there, telling you that you suck and aren’t a good writer and shouldn’t waste your time? Simple.

You show up to the page. Every day. Pen-in-hand (or laptop, as it may be). And you put words on the page.

Even when you don’t want to. Even when you don’t feel like it. Even when you have nothing to say.

By doing that–by showing up anyhow and getting the words down–you will defeat those inner demons. You will conquer them. You will wrestle them to the ground and YOU WILL WIN.

But you’ve gotta commit to showing up daily and doing the work. Otherwise those demons will continue to get the best of you and you will continue to not get your writing done and not make the progress you want to make.

The win is in the words being down on the page.

And WINNING and doing the work and being consistent and making real progress every day comes down to two very simple things… your writing habits and the discipline you’ve created around them.

Habits are the thing that will support you in achieving your writing goals, and discipline will ensure you continue to make progress and achieve.

Creating habits in my writing life and then being disciplined enough to sit down every day and write is the thing that finally helped my writing life take off. It’s the thing that allowed me the freedom to take on as much as I take on and to create as much as I create.

It’s the thing that gave me the writing career I’ve always wanted and growing every day.

Habits and discipline are SO important I’ve decided to help YOU create them for yourself… by giving you an INSANE discount on one of my best programs: the Writing Life Rehab Masterclass.

The investment for this life-changing class was $97 when I ran it live. BUT for the next 48 HOURS ONLY, you can grab the recording for only $7. That’s 92% OFF the original price!!

But hurry!! This flash sale ENDS Friday August 18 at Noon CDT.

>> Details and sign up here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/writingliferehab

The things I’m teaching you in this badass masterclass will change your writing life FOREVER and this is something you can use over and over again, whenever you find yourself falling off track in your writing life.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. The 48-Hour Flash Sale is officially ON! Grab the recording from my 2+-hour badass masterclass, Writing Life Rehab, and start to rehab YOUR writing life today. Details and sign up here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/writingliferehab

Discipline Creates Freedom And Here’s Why

Today is the first day in over a week where I’ve actually sat down at my normal time to write my daily blog post. For the last week and a half I’ve been moving and unpacking and setting my life back up here in Austin where I’m now living.

Yes, I gave myself permission to take that time off. It was intentional. It was a decision I made–to put unpacking and getting my life back to normal a priority over everything else. And I’m OK with that.

But it also brought up a lot of Resistance. And procrastination. And doubt. And fear.

Because when you’re in flow, when you’re showing up every day around the same time and putting words on the page; when you’re actually doing the work that’s required to bring your dreams to life, you’re actually doing yourself a major disservice to stop getting your writing done. Even temporarily.

For months now I’ve had serious discipline and habit around doing my writing every day–my Daily Think Different blog post, as well as working on my fiction and nonfiction projects.

But then I took the week off. Intentionally.

And now here I am, trying to get back into my usual writing habits and finding it INSANELY hard to have the discipline I had before.

My original plan was to get into my new routine on August 8, and then when that day came, I just kept giving myself permission to not do my writing. To just keep unpacking and setting my life back up, because that was what I felt like doing.

And I’m glad I did it, because in one week I was able to totally unpack, get everything set back up in my apartment and get the hang of living in a new city.

But it also set me back quite a bit.

Not only because I didn’t do my writing for the week–which is ALWAYS a set back–but also because I’m now having a hard time getting back into the flow that I was in just the week prior.

That’s why taking time off isn’t really a good idea.

Yes, in theory it sounds like a good idea. It even feels like a good idea while you’re doing it (although to be honest, all I did every day last week was think about my writing and worry about all the ideas I was losing by not sitting down and just letting the words out).

But it was THAT MUCH harder for me to get back into flow after a week of doing nothing related to my writing.

All last week while I didn’t do my writing I kept thinking that maybe I shouldn’t write a blog post every day. Maybe I didn’t have anything that was worth saying anymore. Maybe I was just totally out of ideas.

The fear, the doubt, the worry that I couldn’t or shouldn’t jump right back into writing every day again.

All those annoyances that actually GO AWAY when you just shut up and make time for your writing every day.

And that’s why, even when it seems like a good idea to take a break from your writing, you really shouldn’t. At least not for more than a day or two.

Taking a week off can set you back for MONTHS if you’re not careful. Because you’ll just keep telling yourself every day that you’ll get back to it tomorrow. And then tomorrow will come and you’ll tell yourself that you’ll get back into it tomorrow.

And then tomorrow will come and you’ll tell yourself that you’ll get back into it tomorrow.

And then tomorrow will come and you’ll tell yourself that you’ll get back into it tomorrow.

And then tomorrow will come…

Are you sensing a pattern here? Because that’s exactly what happens.

When you pull yourself out of flow, out of habit, out of having the discipline that you once had, it becomes damn-near impossible to jump back in.

Suddenly you have all these excuses you didn’t have before. Suddenly you have all these “legitimate” reasons why you don’t have time or you’re out of ideas or it’s just not the right moment to jump back in.

That was me for the last few days. I finished setting our new apartment up on Friday. All that was left was hanging a few pictures and then we were officially done (minus the few things left that we still need to buy, like a DVD player and a rug).

And yet I still couldn’t get back into my writing.

I procrastinated ALL weekend. And then yesterday I was supposed to get back to it for real (’cause I usually start my new habits on a Monday) and yet all these things got in the way–my dog had to go to the vet for an appointment, I had to go to the chiropractor, and then I had an interview for the Author Success Summit, etc.

And I let all that stuff be a reason–an excuse–for not doing my writing. For taking yet another day off. For not getting back to the habits and discipline I usually have around doing the things that matter to me.

Most writers call this their life. They talk about writing and they think about writing and they even make attempts to write here and there.

But they don’t have discipline or habit around doing their writing every day. And that’s really the thing getting in the way for them.

As creative people, we often believe that having habits and discipline makes us less creative. We’ve somehow bought into the belief that creativity requires chaos and so any attempt to bring order and consistency into the picture is met with extreme Resistance.

But the truth is, discipline and habit are the ONLY way to create consistency. And consistency is required if you want to actually get somewhere in your writing life.

For months now I’ve sat down every morning–before I do anything else in my day–and I’ve written my blog post and worked on my books. And then I take a week off and it almost all falls apart.

I could’ve just continued my do-nothing streak. Most writers would. Most writers would totally fall off track and not get back on. Because that’s the easy thing to do.

And no one would’ve given me a hard time about it. After all, I did just move TWICE in the last three months, and I did just relocate to a totally NEW city, and I did have A WHOLE LOT of unpacking and resettling to do.

No one would’ve blamed me for continuing to take time off and not doing the things I usually do.

Except for one very important thing. Without discipline, you don’t have freedom.

And freedom is my most important value in life.

Sounds a bit strange. Maybe even a bit counterintuitive. How can being disciplined create freedom?

Discipline. Habit. Those words, by definition, are the opposite of freedom. Or so it seems.

But the truth is, having habits and discipline are the only real way to create freedom. Because freedom is a MINDSET.

Freedom is a way of thinking and being.

And when you’re not doing the things you want to be doing; when you’re not making space every day for your writing, your mind will constantly be cluttered with stories and ideas and unwritten words. Your head will spin all day long and you’ll guilt trip yourself for not doing the writing. And then you’ll get angry and resentful of all the other things you have to and need to do in your day.

Guilt trips. Resentment. Anger. There’s no freedom in that.

It’s only in having the habit and the discipline to sit down and do your writing and spend time every single day–even for a few minutes–doing the things you really want to be doing, that creates freedom.

Because now your mind is clear. You’ve got discipline and habit, so you sit down every morning and put words on the page. And then you can go about your day.

Already feeling accomplished. Already feeling like you did everything you really needed to do today.

Because your writing got done. That is always–and forever will be–the most important thing you can spend time on each day.

And it’s the habit and discipline you create around doing your writing every day that gives you the freedom–mentally and in the rest of your day.

Anytime I don’t do my writing, I spend my day feeling totally out of control and like time is flying by and nothing is getting done. I go to bed feeling like I accomplished nothing and berating myself for not doing what really matters.

That’s not freedom.

Freedom is me sitting here right now, in the business center at my new apartment complex, typing this blog post out. Putting the words on the page. The words that have wanted to come out for a week now.

I can already feel the sweet release that comes with doing your writing. I can aleady feel that sense of, YES!!! I got my writing done!! And anything else that I accomplish today is a BONUS on top of that. Knowing that my mindspace is clear and I still have more than half a day left to do whatever else I feel like doing or need to do.

That’s freedom.

On the days I don’t do my writing, time zooms by and I feel like I’m living without a purpose and just drifting along, wasting away.

Putting words on the page is the only thing that gives me the freedom I so love having in my life. And that freedom always, always, always starts with habit and discipline.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. I’ve got a KILLER 48-Hour Flash Sale starting tomorrow that will help you finally create the discipline and habit you need in your writing life. Stay tuned for more details…

WOWZAS — I’ve Added More Than 100k Words To My Blog Over The Last Six Months! This Calls For A Celebration!!

There was a time in my writing life when writing a blog post was a serious chore. When I’d put it off and felt like it was gonna be so much work and so hard to do.

And then six months ago I just committed to writing something every day. I didn’t know what would come out, I just knew I wanted to write more.

So I bought WriteRoom for Mac and started a file called Daily Think Different, which is the title I use to describe the blog posts I write and send out each day. And then I just started writing.

Writing whatever I was feeling or thinking or experiencing in that moment. Telling stories and sharing the results of my energetic experiments as I create my dream writing life. Letting out the words and messages that were constantly bouncing around inside me.

And here I am, six months later, with more than 100k words written.

To some people this isn’t a lot of words. There are people in my writing group working on 1 million words for the year! But for me it’s a lot of words and definitely more than I’ve ever added to my blog in this short of time.

But that’s what deciding will do for you. Deciding that you’re all in on your writing dreams and that you’re committed to showing up every day and doing the work.

And then not just deciding and committing, but actually stepping up day in and day out and having the discipline to follow though and do the work.

That’s what I’ve been doing the last six months. I don’t usually write a blog post on the weekends unless something comes to me that needs to be written down. But Monday through Friday, I’m writing something.

Even when I don’t want to. Even when I don’t feel like it. Even when I think I have nothing to say.

The funny thing is, when I think I have nothing to say, whatever comes out usually ends up being THE thing that people needed to hear in that moment. Resistance is powerful like that.

So when you bust through the Resistance and actually write the words down and get them out there, people are moved by it and they feel connected to something bigger than themselves.

Writers are messengers for the world. That is one thing I deep-down truly believe. Writers have a gift of taking random words and putting them down on the page in an order that flows and makes sense and inspires, empowers, entertains and motivates people.

Words have power. Always have, always will.

And I’m so happy and proud of myself for sticking with the commitment to just let my Daily Think Different posts out.

Because that’s one thing I know I’m meant to do: change the way people think and challenge what they believe is possible.

That’s why I write my daily blog posts. That’s why day-in-and-day-out I sit my ass down in a chair and I write what’s going on in my head and share what I’m feeling and experiencing.

Because I know that my people need to hear it. Because I know it’s going to reassure them and reinvigorate them and give them a kick in the ass when they need it.

Truth be told, I write my Daily Think Different posts for me more than anything else. I write what I most need to hear in the moment. But then I share it with my community and so many of them need to hear it too.

And the best part of all of this is writing more than 100k words on my blog over the last 6 months hasn’t at all felt like work. It’s felt fun and inspiring and now it’s a habit for me to sit down every morning after I do my mindset work and just let out on the page whatever’s going on for me.

That’s exactly as it should be. And that’s how you know you’ve found something worth doing.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. To celebrate my accomplishment of writing more than 100k words on my blog over the last six months, I’m doing a series of giveaways over the next couple days. If you want to be IN on the giveaways, all you have to do is go to the post I link to each day and leave a comment. That automatically puts you in the running to win. More details coming tomorrow…

How To Monetize Your Writing Skills

One of the things I hate most is seeing unhappy, miserable people working a job they don’t like and don’t care about. It seriously annoys me and just makes me sad.

Because it doesn’t have to be like that.

I know the normal people of the world and society tells you that it has to be like that–that you have to go to college, get a job and then work until you retire. But it doesn’t actually have to be like that.

It’s a choice to spend your life that way. And it’s also a choice not to.

Choosing not to comes with its own set of challnges, obviously. But so does choosing to stay in a job you dislike that makes you feel like your soul is dying.

And in my opinion, the challenges of not spending your life that way far outweighs dying a little more every day in a soul-sucking job.

But even if you don’t want to work for yourself full-time, doesn’t mean you have suffer. Doesn’t mean you have to continue letting your income and your freedom be dictated by someone else. You can take back control and even make yourself a nice litle side income.

How amazing would it be to have extra money every month? Imagine the things you could do, be and have.

How badass would it feel to know that you never have to worry about money, because you’re not only making money from your day job, but you’re also making some on the side from the things you really care about (aka: your writing)?

This is totally possible. All it requires is for you to monetize the skills and gifts you already possess.

Writing services are a booming industry and will continue to grow and expand as more and more people and companies get online. Content is king on the internet, and writers are at the forefront of it.

Here are some writing services you can offer:

1. Copywriting

Tons of entrepreneurs are coming online every day and many of them have zero skill when it comes to writing copy. Which means there’s a great opportunity for any writer who’s good at writing copy (for emails, sales pages, product info pages, etc).

Copywriting is a skill that will always be in demand so long as their are entrepreneurs, companies and business owners.

2. Freelance Writing

This could cover most types of writing, as freelance writing is any kind of writing you’re doing for someone on a freelance (or contract) basis, instead of as an employee for their company.

As a freelance writer I’ve done everything from fictional short stories to blog posts to feature articles to profiles to emails to marketing and sales copy and more.

And the cool thing about freelance writing is you’re in control of when and where you work. You’ll have a deadline but the company who contracts you won’t tell you where to work or how to work or when to work. They’ll just give you the info they need you to write and you get to figure out how to get it done by the deadline.

But writing isn’t the only skill you can offer.

Just off the top of my head here are some additional skills you can monetize:

3. Beta Reading

There are so many writers out there writing novels and screenplays and poems and memoirs, etc., which means they’ll eventually need a Beta Reader. You could be that Beta Reader. If you know a lot of about stories and the craft of writing them, your Beta Reading skills could be invaluable to an emerging author who’s trying to make their book as good as it can possibly be.

Beta Readers are in demand in the writing industry. Majorly. And there’s a serious lack of them out there.

4. Editing

Again, there are tons of writers writing books, etc., and for anyone who’s self-publishing, an editor is a non-negotiable (it should be for someone who’s traditionally publishing too).

You could be that editor someone hires to read and give feedback on their story, or to line-edit and proofread the book once it’s ready for publication.

5. Content Marketing

If you know how to use social media to spread a message and grow a following, content marketing could be a very lucrative way for you to earn money with your skills.

Content marketing is in high-demand because of how much content companies and businesses are now pushing out to the online world through their websites and blogs. You could be the person who helps spread that content and that message.

Now these are just five examples. There are tons more ways to make money from your writing and communication skills. But my favorite is freelance writing, for a few reasons.

I love that you can freelance write while you hold down a regular job. I did that for years and it was a nice little side income that I’d use to buy things I wanted or to travel.

I also love that you can freelance write from anywhere in the world so long as you have a computer and internet access. Talk about freedom.

Getting to choose when, where and how you work is the kind of freedom I dreamed about for years while sitting behind a desk for eight-plus hours five days a week working for a company I didn’t care about. When I took my writing business full-time, I finally got to experience that freedom first hand (and I’d never go back!).

I don’t believe in working a job just to have a job. I believe you should do work you love.

I understand that sometimes you have to work a job you don’t like because you need to make a living (we all do it at some point) but you don’t have to only do that. And you don’t have to do it forever.

Now I’m not suggesting everyone go and monetize their writing skills. Well, actually, I am. But only if you actually have writing skills.

I don’t believe in trying to make money doing something you’re not actually good at or that you haven’t done yourself (for example, I see way too many business coaches out there trying to monetize helping people make money when they’ve never made money themselves… not cool.)

But if you’ve got experience in something or you’re passionate about something and you’ve got the skills to back it up, I see no reason why you can’t translate that into an income.

You can use your natural-born writing skills to create freedom for yourself, financially, physically and mentally. You just have to be brave enough to push yourself past the comfort zone you’re currently living in that’s stopping you from doing what it takes to monetize your writing skills.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Doors to the Freelance to Freedom: Get Gigs. Get Paid. Write for a living., are now OPEN!!! If you’re ready to monetize your writing skills and get paid to put words on the page, this is your opportunity to learn how to do that.

Like with all of my workshops, this is an interactive experience where you’ll be taking action, not just sitting around learning how to do something. You’ll actually be implementing the things you’re learning, and if you stick with it and do a good job, I will be introducing you to the editor-in-chief of multiple websites who is always on the look-out for new freelance writers (and the pay isn’t too shabby).

>> Details and sign up here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/freelance

Freedom Is A Choice

When I was in college, I wanted to be a magazine editor (preferably fashion or lifestyle) in New York City. It was all I thought about.

I applied for jobs and internships all over NY as often as I could during my junior and senior year. But nothing really came of it.

I wasn’t deterred. I knew the NYC magazine world was a tough business to get into.

It was the second semester of my senior year and I had no idea what I’d be doing after graduation. I wasn’t worried, though. I already had a good job working for the local newspaper’s website and writing a weekly column in the print edition and features for its entertainment supplement.

And then something happened: my professor told me about a magazine internship she thought I should apply for… in Southern California.

Funnily enough, that same professor told me about that same internship (it was an annual thing) the year before, when I was a junior. I brushed it off because it seemed like a far-off idea to leave everything and go away for the summer.

But as a senior with no after-graduation plans who dreamed of being a magazine editor it was pretty much the best thing ever.

So I applied and got the internship and moved out to SoCal for the summer of 2005. I spent three months writing and editing for Reptiles magazine (by choice, I love reptiles!!), as well as helping out with other magazines within the company when they needed a hand (they had dozens).

I loved getting to dress up every day and go to the office, because that’s what I always saw my mom do growing up and that’s what I was always told you did. It was one of the best summers of my life.

Then I got offered a job as an editor for a pet products magazine, which I accepted without hesitation. I loved SoCal and loved working as a magazine editor.

At first.

But then I was really living out there. I wasn’t just subletting an apartment for 3 months in student housing, I was renting an house with a roommate and living further from the office, which required a longer commute.

And it made me realize something… why the fuck am I driving in HELL traffic to commute 15 miles from my house to the office to sit at a desk and go online and do all these things I could be doing from home?

I loved Southern California more than anything and can’t wait to move back there sometime in the near future. But what I didn’t love was working in an office.

I’d do anything I could to escape being there, including manifesting illness so I had to go to the doctor. And every time I’d be out of the office during the day, I would see tons of people out and about, enjoying their day. Eating lunch, drinking coffee, not living their life in an office all day.

And in that moment, I decided that’s what I wanted. To be FREE all day long and do whatever I wanted to do.

I had no idea how I’d make it happen, but I believed it was a future possibility.

Toward the end of my stint as a magazine editor, I hated going to the office so much that some days I’d roll in unshowered, wearing khakis, a hoodie and Chuck Taylors. I blamed it on the fact that I wasn’t doing enough writing and I wanted to be doing more writing.

So I left and moved with my now-husband to Houston to start a new adventure.

But then the same thing happened again. I got a great job, I loved it for a while, but I hated the commute and having to work in an office all day. And this job was a 100 percent online job, which meant I could do the whole thing from home (or anywhere).

And lucky for me I had a great boss who allowed our team to work from home 3 days a week. It gave me a preview of the life I wanted.

The freedom life. A life where I’m totally in control of my time and location.

But it still wasn’t enough.

I so badly wanted to find a job where I could work from home every day and never have to go to the office except for very rare occasions.

The problem was there weren’t very many jobs like that out there. Or at least I hadn’t been able to find any.

And whenever I jumped jobs for money (which I did often, I was totally driven by the money in my corporate career), I’d run into the same issues. I constantly tried to get my bosses to see how much more I’d be getting done if I was working from home full-time. But they’d never go for it.

I applied for work-from-home jobs all the time. Nothing came of all the energy I was putting into it.

That’s when I realized I had to stop giving other people permission to control my time and location.

I had to take back my power. I had to create my own freedom.

So that’s what I did. I quit my corporate day job in March 2012 and walked away to do my own thing where I’m in control of my time and my location.

I had no clue how I’d make money. It was pretty damn scary, actually, but I had so much adrenaline going from finally doing the thing I wanted to do–quit my job to work for myself–that I didn’t care. I just trusted that I took the action and something would work out.

And what worked out at the time, was freelance writing.

Back when I first moved from SoCal to Houston I couldn’t find a job right away and I didn’t want to settle for any crappy-ass job. So I freelanced for the first few months I was there, and I made a damn good income.

A job eventually came along, but I freelanced on the side now and then just because extra money is always nice. And there I was in 2012, having to figure out how to make my own money.

So I turned, once again, to freelance.

I wrote articles and marketing copy and feature stories and I interviewed people and I wrote my ass off. And I made a living.

It wasn’t a lot at first. In 2012 I brought in around $16k. But it was the best year of my life. Because it had been all on my terms and I was in charge of my time and location.

Freedom.

It’s the ultimate thing I value above everything else. Freedom.

My definition of freedom have evolved a lot over the years and I continue to create more freedom and it continues to be more and more on my terms. But that’s where it all started.

With freelance writing.

It gave me an income when I was in a job transition. It helped me support myself and my family when I first quit my job to work for myself.

Eventually I went from $16k to $25k to $32k and growing. Now I’ve added in several other income streams and make more money doing more things I enjoy.

But it all started with freelance.

Freelance writing = freedom.

Before you go jumping the gun here and quitting your job to freelance write, I have to add that freelance writing is a tough business. It’s an uncertain and sometimes inconsistent business. It’s an ever-changing business.

But the toughest part is being mentally strong enough to handle the freedom and all that comes with it.

Because now you’re in charge. You have to apply for gigs and you have to handle the payment arrangements and you have to keep track of everything and you have to pay taxes and discipline yourself to do the work by deadline.

Now your income is in your own hands.

And if you can’t handle the uncertainty and being in control and having the discipline to get shit done, the freelance life isn’t for you.

But if you can handle all of that, there are more and more opportunities available every day because so many companies are building online presences and on the internet, content is king.

Content can’t write itself. Which means they need writers to write the content for them.

There’s a whole lot more to know about freelance writing and living the freelance life. More than I can share in this post right now.

I really just wanted to inspire you to see that the freedom you so desperately want is yours, so long as you’re willing to do what it takes to create it.

Freelance writing isn’t the only option, obviously, but it is a great way to get paid for your words and to make a living as a writer.

And it also frees up your time so you can do more of your own writing too.

I’ve had the freedom life for 5+ years now and I will never go back.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

 

P.S. If you want to create your freedom life through freelance writing, stay tuned!! Doors to my new workshop, Freelance to Freedom, are opening on Thursday and we kick things off on August 1. More details soon… 

You Can Make-Believe Your Way Into Your Dreams

A little over a year ago, I became a best selling author on Amazon. I sold 1,007 books in 30 days and hit #1 in the Authorship category.

And when I looked back at what, specifically, I did to make it happen, I was surprised (but not all that surprised) to find out it was mostly the acting as if stuff that helped me manifest it.

Yes, I already had a following and other books out and momentum. But I’d had that for years. It wasn’t until I started to pretend I was already the successful writer and author that I dreamed of being and taking action from that place did things like hitting #1 start to happen to me.

Here’s the cool thing about creating your writing dreams: you can pretend your way into them.

You can figure out where you want to go in your writing life, and then you can make a list of all the things you’d be doing and being if you were already that person, and then you can go and take as many of those actions as possible, as if you already are that person.

Just like you played make-believe as a kid and pretended you were a teacher or a mom/dad or an actor or a cowboy or a princess or whatever you liked to pretend to be (for me it was always teacher, artist and storyteller). You can do that right now with your dream writing life.

Here’s an example:

When I’m developing and planning a new story and I’m ready to write the first draft, I always build a Scrivener file for it. First I create two folders inside the file: 1) Written 2) To Be Written. Then I add a text file for each scene in the order they’re listed in on my roadmap to the “To Be Written” folder. And if I know the name of the story already, I’ll put it on the title page and rename the manuscript as well.

This is my starting place. And then I marinate.

I’ve got the story in my head and the plan down on paper. I’ve been thinking about it, marinating on it, and pulling out pieces and writing them down as they come through for weeks, if not months.

And having the Scrivener file all set up and ready to go really stirs up the inspiration. I find myself waking up in the morning with the opening lines for the story or a particular scene dancing through my head. Ready to come out.

Then I sit in front of the blank Scrivener file and I channel the words down to the page.

Before setting up the Scrivener file, I have no idea what words to use, they just won’t come out. But by pretending I already have the words and setting up the Scrivener file like I’m ready to start writing, the words come to me. Every single time.

Because I’m acting as if. I’m make-believing that I know what to write, and so I do the things I know I’d be doing if I already had the words: set up my Scrivener file.

I have a story plan, OF COURSE, I won’t write without one. But the story plan–while insanely useful–doesn’t tell me the specific words I need to write. It only informs me of what the story is about and what has to happen in each scene.

The words are a whole other beast.

So I use the acting as if principle to make the words come to me. I do this for my novels and for my blog posts and my nonfiction and even for the writing I do for my clients. I even have a client who I’m so in-tune with, when I’m writing her email copy I feel like her voice is being channeled through me. (It’s pretty freaking cool!!)

A little over a year ago, I started to pretend I was already a best selling author. I committed to writing and publishing 9 books that year. I opened myself to the idea of becoming a best seller and receiving the inspired actions to take.

Most importantly, I declared it publicly to my community that I was going to be a best selling author on Amazon in 2016. And to hold myself accountable to it, I started a group called the Bestselling Author Mastermind and I told everyone they could watch me hit #1 and I’d talk them through everything I was doing and how I was doing it.

So when my new eBook hit #1 on Amazon a week after creating this group and declaring publicly that I was gonna be a best seller, I was surprised, but, again, not all that surprised.

Because I acted my way into it.

I pretended it was already true and I took action from that place.

If I was already a best selling author on Amazon, I’d most definitely have a group where I showed people what I did and how to do it, as well as held them accountable to taking action in their own writing lives. So that’s what I did. I started the group and showed them live in real time how I became a best selling author.

When you start to let go of how you’ve always been told you should achieve things and start opening your mind to using universal laws to create what you want, you’ll be amazed at how much easier everything becomes.

Now don’t get me wrong–you still have to put in the work. I was able to easily manifest best seller status because I had built up so much momentum over the years. I just wasn’t open to receiving it until then.

But my point in all of this, is that you can very easily act your way into the writing life you’ve always dreamed of. You just have to step into the identity of who that writer and author would be right now.

It’s up to you whether you take baby steps or huge leaps. Both ways work and both ways will bring you closer and closer to being that writer and author you’ve always seen yourself as.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind are NOW OPEN to new members!!!! BAM is my high-level support group for multi-passionate writers and authors who want to have the habits, mindset, craft expertise, consistency and follow-through of a bestselling author, while writing and publishing their books and creating their dream writing lives all on their terms.

I’m SO pumped to welcome the new members to the group. I’ve just filled the member’s site with a ton of new content, including all of my most recent workshops. This is the BEST the member’s site has ever been.

See EVERYTHING you get in the member’s site, get the full details on the membership and sign up for the group here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/mastermind

How To Create More Time For Your Writing (And Whatever Else You Want To Do)

You know how sometimes time feels like it goes SO SLOWLY?! Like when you’re at your day job and hating life and all you can think about is getting home and finally having free time to work on your writing. Or when a really, really bad song comes on the radio, but you can’t change the station because someone else in the car with you wants to listen to it.

In moments like this, time feels like it’s moving at the speed of a snail.

And then other times you’re on vacation or at a concert or just doing something you really enjoy, and time feels like it speeds up. A two-hour event feels like fifteen minutes and you’re disappointed it can’t go on longer.

But how can this be? How can time speed up or slow down based on what you’re doing and how you feel about it?

Because time is an illusion.

Time is a manifested reality based on your thoughts, perspective and emotions in any given situation. If you’re bored, time drags on. If you’re having fun, it feels like two seconds. It’s all an illusion you’re creating for yourself.

I discovered that I could bend time just by deciding I was going to. I’d set the intention, for example, I’d be running late for something and only had 15 minutes left but way too much still to do. So I’d say, I’m gonna bend time for the next 15 minutes, and then I’d go about doing what I needed to do. And somehow I’d be able to get whatever it was done in that 15-minute period and I’d be out the door on time.

It was like I actually bent time.

Because I changed my experience of it. I decided that I was going to get everything done that needed to be done in that amount of time and that was that. I didn’t allow for any other possibility to be present.

Reality is simply a perception. And that means you can control it by what think and decide to believe is possible.

So if you find that you just can’t ever make the time you want for your writing and other creative projects, here are some ways that you can start to manipulate time and get it to work for you:

1. Set the Intention

Intentions are powerful, especially when you say them out loud. So set the intention that you’re going to bend time for the next however long you have available to you. Then sit down and get to writing.

Doing this can turn fifteen minutes of time into getting what feels like 30 minutes or more of actual writing done.

2. Use the Magic Phrase

The magic phrase is: I bend the fuck out of time (or I suppose you can say it without the f-bomb if you want, but it won’t be as powerful 😉 )

I write that statement in my journal almost every day. It’s a new belief I’m creating for myself. And I know that anytime I’ve used it, I somehow manage to squeeze a ton of stuff into a tight amount of time.

3. Figure Out What Matters

Before you can really start to bend time, you need to know what you actually care about and want to achieve or get done each day.

For me, that’s my daily mindset practice, blog post, working on my fiction writing and on my nonfiction books. Everything else is secondary to this.

What matters to you? What do you want to be getting done each day?

4. Do It First Things First

After you’ve figured out what really matters to you, start doing that stuff first things first, before you do anything else.

For me, doing my soul work first thing in my day, before I spend my energy on anything else allows me to bend time. After the soul work is finished for the day, everything else I get done is a bonus.

And I always get to the end of my day feeling fulfilled and like I got a shitload of stuff done and was super productive.

5. Keep Reminding Yourself that Time Is An Illusion

Reality is bendable. It’s all based on what you believe. So create the belief that time is an illusion and it will be.

Once you believe that time is in your hands, you can make amazing use of the time you have available each day.

I’m a purpose-driven, multi-passionate writer and creator who loves to write and create and make things and bring them into the world. So I need a lot of time in my day to get done all the things I want to get done. (And I do A LOT in a day most days.)

If you’re multi-passionate and want to make more time for YOUR writing and other creative projects, this is your roadmap for making it happen.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind are opening soon!! I can’t wait to invite you in to check out all the amazing trainings and resources you get access to, plus our private members-only Facebook group where we connect, share, learn and grow with each other as we work on achieving our writing goals.

Want in? Stay tuned…