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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What Would It Take For You To Go To The Next-Level Version Of You Right Now?

When it comes to making changes in my life, one of the things that doesn’t work for me is to just jump in and do it right now in this moment. If I do that, I’ll end up sabotaging myself or making excuses.

I like to set a date for when the change will be implemented. That way it’s on my terms and I can get prepared for it.

It takes being mentally ready for a change before you’ll ever be able to implement it and make it stick. So I like to work my way up to a change, by setting a date and deciding that once the date comes, I will officially be implementing the change.

For me, that date is August 8, the day after I move to Austin. I’m ready to go to the next level in my writing life and life in general, and so I’m bringing on a lot of changes once I get to my new home for the next year.

This morning I spent an hour journaling and doing mindset work. Daily mindset work is a non-negotiable for me, but as I’m approaching August 8, the mindset work is even more important.

Because I’m about to embark on a whole new way of being.

These changes I’m making aren’t just things that sound good to me, these are things I absolutely know on a soul-level that I need to do if I want to get to the next level in my writing career and more. They’ve come up over and over and over again for me over the last couple years and I know it’s now time to implement them for real.

How did I figure out what changes I needed to make? I just asked myself one very simple question: what would it take for me to step into the next-level version of myself right now?

I journaled on it. For pages and pages and pages.

And some of the answers that came up looked like this:

> Stop eating refined sugar and carbs
> Break a sweat for at least 20 minutes a day
> Strict discipline around doing the things that matter, first things first
> Try/learn something new on a daily basis
> Create more passive income through my business
> Unleash my super-secret project on the world (that only five people besides me currently know about)
> Only say yes to things that are a HELL YES!!
> Continue up-leveling and creating bigger, bolder beliefs that support me achieving all the things I dream of

That’s quite a load to take on!! If you choose to see it that way. But I don’t.

I choose to see it as, this is who I now get to BE.

I now get to BE someone who takes care of their body and mind and who is disciplined as fuck around doing what matters and who creates more and more success by releasing the old and embracing the new. I get to BE this person.

And by being this person, I get to receive more of what I’m asking for in life… more success, more money, more impact. That’s what the next level looks like for me.

So, what would the next level version of YOU look like? What would she be like? What would she spend her time doing? What would she look like, physically? What choices would she make? What kind of mindset, habits and discipline would she have?

I want you to grab your journal and really dig in and answer those questions. Because the answers that come up for you could be exactly what you need to get to the next-level version of yourself.

But you have to be willing to make the change. You have to be willing to take the actions that are aligned with you now being that next-level version of you.

Or you have to be OK with things always being the same as they are now (or a slightly different version of how they are now). Because changes can’t make themselves. You have to make them.

So journal on the question I just gave you–what would it take for you to step into the next-level version of yourself right now?–and then set the date and start acting from that place.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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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,

 

 

 

 

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I Sometimes Wonder Why More People Don’t Finally Choose To Wake The Fuck Up And Live

As I write this I’m sitting at a table in the corner of the Starbucks down the street from the place I’m staying right now. To the left of me are two people–a guy and a girl–sitting with their Teavana drinks and talking about work stuff.

They clearly work in an office and are likely on a team of some kind together. The guy is talking animatedly, making his pitch for why they need to move in this specific direction with their project.

The woman seems to be there. She’s looking the guy in the eyes as he talks, she’s nodding at everything he says and she’s even throwing in a, “uh-huh” and “yep” every now and again. All signs point to she’s paying attention.

Except her posture and the emotion on her face. Her posture says this is the last place I want to be right now. And her face says my eyes are looking at you, but I’m really imagining myself thousands of miles away, swimming in the tropical waters of the next vacation I plan on taking when I have enough vacation time built up.

So essentially her body is present, but her mind is elsewhere.

And the sad thing is, this is life for many people. They’re constantly going through the motions but their minds are never present, because they’re always day-dreaming.

Dreaming about that thing they really want to be doing. That creative thing. The one that calls to them from somewhere deep inside. The one they keep pushing away by numbly going through the motions in their daily lives and telling themselves that it just is what it is.

Most people don’t believe they’re meant for greatness. And many that do still don’t believe it’s actually possible for them to achieve it.

So they settle. They call the reality they see around them currently their life and they plant roots by buying a house they don’t really want (’cause what they really want is to be off traveling the world), working a job that makes their soul feel dead (’cause doing anything but your soulwork will always make you feel that way), and numbing out with food and TV and alcohol and whatever else they do instead of doing the thing they really want to be doing. They just give up on their lives being any better, so they go through the motions that they’re told they should be going through each day–get up, go to work, come home, cook dinner, clean up your house, watch TV, go to bed, do it all over again–and wait to die.

Now we’re obviously all dying, and since we’re not vampires in Twilight, we all get closer to it every day. But it’s what we do with the days inbetween the day we’re born and the day we die that actually matter.

And sadly, most people are not really living.

Most people are on autopilot, going through the motions, ignoring the stuff they feel inside them and numbing out. Because they think this is just how it is. Because they’ve been told that this just how it is.

Because they choose to believe that this is just how it is.

But you don’t have to fall for that bullshit. You can choose, right now, to wake up and LIVE.

You can choose to never live another day on autopilot. You can choose to never again have a conversation with someone where you’re nodding and pretending to listen to what they’re saying when you’re really daydreaming about the life you really want to live.

You can choose to go let go of a life of complaining about how bad things are and how much things suck for you, and step into a life of gratitude and freedom.

A life that you love. A life that feels like a dream. A life where you get to wake up every day, do the things you love doing and get paid to be you.

You can create a life where you have it all (however you define “it all”) and all on your terms.

That was a belief I took on as a young child… that I could live a life that where I have it all and on my terms. And that belief is what has allowed me to create the life I’m living right now.

A life where I get to choose. How I spend my time. What I do all day. The projects I work on and who I work on them with. How I work, when I work and where I work.

I no longer feel like a victim in my life. Because I’m choosing everything now, intentionally, instead of living on default, like I used to when I was still working my soul-sucking corporate job.

Back then I was just like this woman sitting to the left of me, doing stuff I didn’t really care about, spending 8+ hours a day adding value to someone else’s business while the dreams I had were slowly dying inside me, complaining all day (and night) because life is so unfair and that was not how I wanted to be living.

Until I finally decided to take back control.

There’s a misconception that just because you have a dream means you’ll eventually live it. Not true.

I had a dream and felt on every level of my being that it was meant for me, but that didn’t mean I was gonna live it. And the same goes for you.

You may have big dreams inside you (and I know you do ’cause you wouldn’t be here right now if you didn’t), but that doesn’t mean you’ll ever get to live them.

Not if you continue to live a life of default where you just look at the reality around you and call it “your life” and then spend your days reacting, by default, to the things that happen to and around you. Default living will never get you to your dream life.

Your dream life is absolutely and totally out there and available to you and possible for you. But it’s not just gonna magically show up one day.

You have to go out there and create it. You have to take action, daily, with intention and purpose.

You have to decide that you’re no longer gonna hit the “snooze” button on your life. You have to decide that you’re gonna wake the fuck up and LIVE. Right now.

You have to decide that your dreams and the stuff you hear and feel inside you is what you’re meant to be doing and spending your time on. No matter how unrealistic or illogical that stuff may seem.

It wasn’t realistic OR logical for me to quit my $70k+ a year corporate social media strategist job five years ago to pursue a calling I felt in my heart to be a full-time writer, entrepreneur and creator. It was actually a pretty stupid decision in most people’s minds.

Why would you ever leave a job that paid so much to go and do god only knows what and have no idea where your money will come from? That was the question on most minds when I told people what I was doing.

Without a plan. Without a savings account. Without knowing what would happen next. I just jumped and believed it would work out.

I just decided to WAKE UP AND LIVE.

Now your version of waking up and living may look totally different than mine. For you, waking up and living might mean finally calling yourself a writer and allowing yourself to put words on the page or hit “publish” on that book you’ve been revising for years. Or it may be something else completely.

The point isn’t what you do when you finally decide to wake up and live, it’s that you finally decide to wake up and live and then actually go and do it.

I get to live my dream life every single day now, because of the decision I made 5+ years ago that I was no longer gonna settle for anything less than my dream life.

It hasn’t been an easy road, I’ve had a lot of setbacks and struggle moments and times when I thought I made the biggest mistake of my life and should just go back. But I didn’t. I stuck with it and I stayed the course.

And I still am.

Because living your dream life is not a destination. You’re not ever gonna get to a point where you’re done and you can just hang up your hat and retire. Living your dream life is a constantly evolving and up-leveling and shifting journey.

A journey that starts with a decision to finally wake up and live.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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If You’re Not Constantly Pushing Your Comfort Zone, You’re Not Really Living

Let me ask you something… when was the last time you tried something new?

I’m talking out of your comfort zone, feeling a little anxious and scared and yet excited as hell to give it a shot. Something that you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t allowed yourself to do yet.

When was the last time?

If you had to think about it, then it’s been too long. It’s time for you to throw yourself off a cliff.

Metaphorically, of course. Don’t actually go jumping off any cliffs.

But unless you’re regularly trying new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and living life on your edge, you’re not really living.

I went to Austin over the weekend for a visit with my husband and one of our friends. We’ve been doing this every couple weeks since we got to Texas in June, just so we can start getting acquainted with the place and where everything is located, since we’re moving there in 25 days.

And while we were there, I realized something… I wanted a funkier hairstyle. I want to be the cooler version of me, the one I occasionally allow myself to be when I’m brave enough.

The cooler version of me has funky hair. I used to have blue hair. (You can see a pic here: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferblanchardwrites/photos/a.547695938609826.1073741828.135311329848291/959469290765820/?type=3&theater.)

But as much as I loved it–and I really, really loved it–the upkeep and mess was just such a pain in the ass and in opposition to the easy, breezy lifestyle I want (which includes a 5-10 minute hair and makeup routine, except for special occasions).

The day they invent a permanent blue that doesn’t bleed out on everything, I will dye my entire head again and keep it for life. I am meant to have blue hair. But I digress…

So since blue hair is out–for now, although I’m not opposed to highlights–I wanted to do a funky haircut. Something really different for me.

I wanted to push my comfort zone in a big way.

I started Googling and searching on Pinterest and I came across a singer named Frankie Sandford-Bridge who has the most amazing asymmetrical haircut ever. I HAD TO HAVE IT.

I spent an hour-plus Googling pictures of her and trying to find the right ones to bring to a salon with me, so I had an example of exactly what I wanted. I’ve had short hair several times before, so this is not something I’m unfamiliar with.

But I’ve never had a haircut where half of it is long and half is short. That was totally new to me. And pretty freaking scary!!

And yet, pretty freaking enticing.

I loved the idea of doing something totally new and different. So I took the pics I found to the salon on Monday and I got the cut.

Immediately after I almost panicked… like, what the hell am I doing??!! I’m gonna look like a weirdo! And, really, who has their hair half long and half short. I can’t wear it as well as she does.

But then I looked at it and realized that it felt totally like me. Like the current next-level version of me (as the next level is always shifting and transforming as I learn and grow). This is what Author Jennifer Blanchard 2.0 looks like.

I still need to grow the hair out in the front a bit more, so it can be more similar to hers. But the point is, I did it. And I’m doing it.

At first I was a little afraid to go out in public–in my mind everyone would be starring at me and think I look weird–but then I just pulled out the principle I always use when I’m trying something totally new that scares me… JUST ROCK IT!!

And what that means is, just own it. Go out there and claim that shit as yours and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

There is no other way.

The more you push your comfort zone, the more you’ll feel confident trying new things and pushing yourself further out–in your writing and in your life.

Right now I’m ghostwriting a novel for a client of mine and I’m scared out of my mind because I want to do a great job and I want him to be happy with it. It’s totally pushing my comfort zone in so many ways.

But I’m learning a lot from it, and it’s helping me to grow and become a better writer and better storyteller. For that I am immensely grateful.

That’s what pushing your comfort zone does. Which is why I push mine, often and from several angles all at once.

When was the last time you pushed yours? And what’s one way you can push it right now?

Answer those questions and then go do it. Universal magic and the life of your dreams lives on the other side of your comfort zone.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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Are Your Goals Too Big For Your Beliefs?

So last night I was checking in on my income for the month and I discovered that I’m only $338 away from my goal of making $10k CASH!!!! And I have ZERO doubt in my mind that I will receive the rest of it. It’s DONE.

This is a goal I’ve had since December 2014, and it took me two-and-a-half YEARS to manifest it.

Why?

Because I had three major problems going on:

1) I wasn’t being consistent with my daily mindset practice at first.

I’d been doing Morning Pages daily since I learned about them in 2007. But at the end of 2014 I started to intentionally focus on doing mindset work.

But I wasn’t consistent with it until February 2016 when I started working with my soulmate mentor, a woman who is me on STEROIDS!!!

And my mindset practice has made ALL the difference for me. So if you look at the achievement of this goal of making $10k CASH in a 30-day period, it really took me one year and four months to achieve it. Inconsistency won’t help you achieve a goal.

But there’s another reason it took that long.

2) I was confusing my mind

I was doing my daily mindset work every single day and writing my reality and doing my journaling. But I was writing that “I make $10k a month” while also writing that “I am a multi-millionaire,” which is my BIG goal.

So my mind was getting confused, because those two phrases kinda negate each other. If I was a multi-millionaire, I would be making a hell of a lot more than $10k a month!!

I asked my mentor about this and she said, never write down an intention that you can’t emotionally connect to.

So I started to write “I make $10k a month” and then changed the other to “I am on my way to becoming a multi-millionaire.” Much more believable for me.

And a few weeks after making that tweak, here I am.

Technically you could say I had a $15k month because I made $10k cash but half of that came from a $10k sale of a writing project where I get half up front and half when it’s done. But I digress…

Anyhoo–the reason it took as long as it did was also about one more thing. And it’s the BIGGEST factor, so it’s important that I mention it.

3) My goal was bigger than my beliefs

In December 2014 I didn’t believe I could make $10k cash in one month. I was only making like $20k-25k a year in my biz back then so it was way too big of a leap for me to think I could make half of that in only 30 days.

But I WANTED to believe it.

And so I kept intending it and staying focused on it as much as I could. Until FINALLY I believed it was possible for ME.

Once that happened it was just tweaking some of the wording in my intentions and BOOM. My first $10k cash month. #ThankYou #MorePlease

Belief is EVERYTHING! Because your beliefs create your thoughts and your thoughts determine the actions you take (or don’t take).

And if your current goals are TOO big for your beliefs, the best thing you can do is scale down the goal so that it still stretches you, but also so that it’s believable to you.

If it’s not believable then you won’t emotionally connect to it. You HAVE TO be emotionally connected to a goal to make it happen.

Your emotions and feelings create your vibration and your vibration determines what you achieve or not.

And what creates your feelings? Your beliefs and thoughts.

Which, as always, means YOU’RE in control.

You can absolutely have ANYTHING you dream of and all on your terms, but you have to do the work to get it.

And by the work, I mostly mean the inner work. The outer work is just an extension of who you are and how you feel inside.

Dream life of bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

 

How To Combine Energetic Mindset Actions With Practical Physical Actions To Create Manifestation Magic

A little more than a year ago I discovered something: you can make pretty much anything you want happen if you combine practical, physical action with doing energetic mindset actions.

The energetic mindset actions aren’t enough on their own… and neither are the practical physical actions. Sure, the practical physical actions will help you make some progress and will get you somewhere, but it will feel hard and you’ll struggle a whole lot.

But all of that can totally be avoided when you combine the two types of actions. Because in combining the actions, you summon the magic and the power of universal energy to support you.

If you just do the energetic mindset actions, you’ll be connected with universal energy, but you won’t be doing anything in your actual reality to make something happen. That’s the equivalent of meditating on your couch and thinking all of your dreams will come true.

On the opposite side, when you only do the practical physical actions in your reality and you think that’s enough, you’ll often find you have to work really, really hard. And you still won’t achieve what you want. Because practical physical actions alone will eventually burn you out. Usually before you’ve reached your goal.

The problem is, most people have been programmed to believe that you have to manipulate and make changes in your physical reality if you want anything to change.

And that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is while you do have to make changes in your physical reality in some way, you don’t have to only make changes that way. And, really, when you do the inner work, your outer reality can totally change all on its own.

Because what you see in your current reality is simply a reflection of your internal world and what you’ve been thinking and believing up to this point.

So if you change your thoughts and change your beliefs, your reality will change with it. It has to, because that’s how it works.

Your thoughts and beliefs create your reality. So what you see all around you right now is simply a byproduct of your past thoughts and beliefs.

Your reality is effect NOT cause.

Most people believe the opposite–that what they see in their reality is causing them to have certain thoughts or reactions or beliefs. Nope. Your thoughts and beliefs are creating the reality you see around you.

Beliefs and thoughts come first, reality comes after.

This is the distinction that finally got me working more on my inner game and mindset than spending time trying to fix or adjust things in my actual life. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made a lot of practical physical changes in my life over the years as well, but the biggest changes that I’ve made came from inside.

And those have not only been the best changes, but they’re also the ones that stuck and actually shifted things in my life.

So let’s break this down again… first come your beliefs. Your beliefs are already programmed in you and have been for most of your life.

From these beliefs that are programmed into your subconscious mind come your thoughts. And then your thoughts dictate the decisions you make and the actions you take.

What DOESN’T happen–although this is what most people think happens–is you see something in your current reality that then triggers a thoughts which then triggers a decision or action. Nope.

Because your beliefs and thoughts are first creating what you see in your reality. So it’s not possible for it to work the other way around.

You’re only seeing what you’re seeing or experiencing what you’re experiencing in your current reality because you first hold a specific belief about that thing you’re looking at or experiencing, and then that belief triggers a thought, which then triggers your perception of what you’re seeing or experiencing.

At first this may send your mind into a tailspin, but trust me when I say that after you fully accept how things really work, your entire life will change.

Because then you can consciously on purpose choose your beliefs and thoughts which will then effect the reality you’re seeing around you.

For example–I decided a while back that I was tired of having to drive around a parking lot over and over again until I found a spot. But I had a belief that you had to drive around and look for a spot and that front-row parking spots are hard to come by. Pretty ridiculous beliefs to have, but that’s what I was working with.

So I created a new belief: I always get front-row parking spots.

It took some time for me to reprogram this into my subconscious before it started to manifest in my life, but once it did, that’s what I nine times out of ten experience: I get front-row parking spots.

Even on the busiest days of the week at the busiest places. Somehow I have perfectly divine timing and I show up when the front-row spot is available or I roll up and someone is just pulling out of a front-row spot so I can pull in.

How did I create this belief that is now true in my reality? I simply decided that I was going to. And then I combined practical physical actions with energetic mindset actions until it became true.

First I just repeated it to myself over and over again whenever I was going somewhere. I’d just say, “I always get front-row parking.” (Energetic mindset action)

Then I started to write it in my daily journaling and intention setting, “I always get front-row parking.” (Energetic mindset action)

Then during my visualization practice I’d see myself getting front-row parking wherever I went. (Energetic mindset action

Then when I was driving somewhere, I’d imagine myself finding a front-row spot. (Practical physical action + energetic mindset action)

And when I got where I was going and I found a front-row spot, I’d actually park there. (Practical physical action)

And then after I parked and got out of the car, I’d say, “thank you” out loud, to let the Universe know that I was grateful that the front-row parking space was there for me. (Practical physical action + energetic mindset action)

Anytime I went somewhere and I didn’t find a front-row spot, I wouldn’t waste any time wallowing in it or saying it wasn’t working or anything like that. I would just park wherever I could find a spot (practical physical action) and then I’d pretend it was a front-row spot and I’d say, “I always get front-row parking, thank you!” (energetic mindset action)

By doing all of that, I eventually reprogrammed my subconscious to believe that I always get front-row parking. So now, whenever I go places, I always get front-row parking.

And on the very rare occasion when that doesn’t happen, I don’t make a big deal of it, I just park and continue to reinforce my belief that I always get front-row parking. Simple.

You can use this same process of combining practical physical actions with energetic mindset actions to create ANYTHING you want to see in your reality. Anything!

Yes, it will take some time and you will have to work on it, but eventually it will become normal for you and once something is normal for you, that’s what will always show up. Over and over again.

Give it a try. You may just be surprised by the results.

 

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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How To Become The Next-Level Version Of You

Yesterday morning I woke up to discover that somehow a glass of iced tea had been spilled on the table where my MacBook Pro was and no one thought to look underneath it when they cleaned it up, so my poor MacBook sat in a pool of liquid all night long. Needless to say, when I tried to use it, the screen was black and I couldn’t tell if it was on or off… it just wasn’t working.

This is when most people would FREAK the fuck out. And I even did for a minute too. My first thought was, “Great, I now own a $2,000 brick.”

But then I realized this was just a test from the Universe.

Which meant my next choices and actions were super important. I could either react and make choices based on who I used to be or am currently… meaning freak out, worry, yell, get mad, lose my cool and turn the whole situation into something bigger than it really was.

Or I could act like the 2.0 (aka: next-level) version of myself–the author and business owner I want to be–and I could stay cool and realize that it was time to put my actions where my belief is.

Because I’m always talking about acting as if what you want is already yours. And this was a test from the Universe, challenging me to step into the identity of the 2.0 me.

The business owner and author I want to be makes $50,000+ a month and doesn’t worry about money. Ever.

So if I want to be that person and not keep being the 1.0 version of me, I had to make decisions about what actions to take AS THAT PERSON and not as who I am right now.

The normal, 1.0 action would’ve been to take the computer to a repair place and then wait it out, using my old-ass Dell laptop until I heard back from the shop (that’s exactly what I did last time liquid got spilled on my MacBook Pro). But I realized taking those actions would just continue to hold me in lack thinking and keep me stuck as the 1.0 version of me.

So I asked myself, “what would the $50k a month version of me do?”

My first instinct was to find a computer repair place to take my MacBook Pro, and then go to the Apple store to buy a new MacBook. Because that’s what the $50k a month version of me would do.

Someone who makes $50k a month, every month, doesn’t worry or stress out about money. And they sure as hell don’t drop their computer off at the repair shop and then wait around to see if it’s OK.

They drop it off and go buy a new one. And if the old one gets fixed–great! Now they’ll have two.

I knew that’s exactly what I had to do if I wanted to act as if and show the Universe that I truly am ready to up-level my thinking and my income. It was the only option.

So I dropped my MacBook Pro off at the repair shop. Then I put on my ‘Pump Me Up’ playlist of songs that make me feel super high vibe and drove to the Apple Store to buy a MacBook Air. Paid in full, with cash.

Yes, it was scary to do this. Acting as if sometimes is (OK, a lot of the time it is). Because it requires you to have faith in the unknown and to trust fully that if you take the actions that the up-leveled 2.0 version of you would take that it will come back to you.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond ready to be the 2.0 version of me and along with it, make the income and impact that I dream of making. I’m beyond fed up with lack mentality and am fully ready to bust through to the other side. My actions support that desire.

Here’s the problem that most people have: they think it works the other way around.

Most people think that in order to be the 2.0 version of themselves, they have to sit around waiting for the money and opportunities and success to show up first, so then they can step into the next-level version of themselves.

But it doesn’t work like that.

From my experience and everything I know and have learned about creating your dream life and having everything you want, it requires you to leap… before the net appears. If you keep waiting for the net, you’ll stand on the cliff forever.

It’s in taking the actions in faith that causes the net to appear.

Most people don’t operate that way. And that’s why most people don’t have and won’t ever have all that they want and dream of.

Dreams and achievements require risk. They require pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. They require you to commit to being the 2.0 version of yourself–in whatever way you can–right now.

Otherwise the things you dream of and want for your life will always be “one day” or in the future, but they will never be here and now. They can’t be, because that’s not how it works.

Most people have to see it to believe it, but really you must believe it before you will ever see it. Period. Belief comes first.

And this is why most people live mediocre lives that don’t at all fulfill them or make them happy. Because they’re always waiting.

Until they win the lotto. Until they save up the cash. Until they get all their ducks in a row. Until they feel ready. Until, until, until…

It’s fine if that’s how you want to live your life, waiting “until.” Just know that you’ll be waiting for a long time. Maybe even forever.

But if you want to create your dream life right now and achieve your writing goals and whatever else you want, you can’t wait until. You must take action, every single day, as the 2.0 version of you.

Sometimes that means sitting your ass in a chair every day and doing the writing. Sometimes it means pushing ‘publish’ on that book you’ve been revising forever. Sometimes it means making an investment in something, even when you have no idea how you’ll pay for it.

And sometimes it means ponying up $1,027 cash to buy a new MacBook Air.

The cool part of all of this is, the more you do this, the more you take action and make decisions as the 2.0 version of you, the more money, opportunities and success will show up for you. And it will happen faster and faster the more you do.

Your results will always be in direct proportion to your faith in the unknown and your willingness to jump off the cliff before you can see the net.

When I quit my $70k a year day job in 2012, I had NO CLUE what I’d do or how I’d make money. But I jumped anyhow.

When my husband and I needed to take an unexpected trip from New York to Texas for his grandpa’s funeral, we had no idea how we’d pay for it, but we packed up our stuff, fixed our car and drove to Texas anyhow.

And it’s in doing actions like this and taking risks and having faith that the most magical things that have ever happened to me showed up.

I put in my two-weeks notice at my day job and a few days later I discovered I had $12k built up in my 401(k) that I could take a lump sum of to help me survive until I found a way to make money again. Two weeks later, I got a $1,200 a month freelance project and it grew from there to where I am now.

My husband and I made the decision that we were going to Texas for the funeral, so we packed our bags, fixed our car and canceled all our appointments for the week. A few hours later $2,500 cash showed up unexpectedly in my PayPal account from someone who decided to get off the fence and jump into working with me on their novel.

And I fully 100% believe that NONE of that would’ve happened if I hadn’t first made the decision to act as if I was already the 2.0 version of me and trust that by doing so, it would all work out.

Isn’t it time you started to BE the 2.0 version of you?

Before you’re ready. Before you can afford to. Before it’s convenient.

BEFORE.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

 

What’s A Writing Empire and Why Do You Need One?

I love that phrase: writing empire. It sounds so awesome, doesn’t it?

Having an empire that you created with your writing at the center of everything.

Usually when you think of an “empire,” you imagine someone like Martha Stewart or Kim Kardashian or some other celebrity brand. But writers can have empires too.

Remember the other day when I talked about diversifying? That’s what building an empire is. It’s finding ways to diversify in your writing life so that you’ve got streams of income coming in from different things.

Freelance. Copywriting. Nonfiction books. Novels. Workshops. Virtual events. Live events. Digital products. Writing services. Coaching services. Editing.

There are tons of ways for you to diversify and build your writing empire. And here’s the best part: you get to create it however you want it.

If you hate doing live stuff, you can be 100% virtual. If you love live events, you can build those into your brand. Whatever you love to do, that’s what you should focus on and build your writing empire around.

I love teaching, I love writing, I love speaking, so that’s what I’m building my writing empire around. I have books, digital products, live virtual workshops, live events (more live events coming in 2017!), coaching, writing and self-publishing services.

The other thing about an empire is that it’s also a legacy. It’s the legacy of the person who it’s built around.

An empire will live on long after you do.

So really think about that for a second. What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be known for changing the way writers think. For showing writers what’s possible when you set your mind to it. For being a living example of the power of combining practical physical actions with energetic mindset actions.

That is my legacy–the one I’m creating.

These are all things you’ve gotta think about if you want to be an authorpreneur. Not just a writer who publishes a couple books, but someone who builds a business around being who you are and doing what you love.

That is the true power of taking control of your writing destiny.

And you can absolutely do it. It’s yours to create, exactly as you want it.

For some examples of legacy and what a writing empire looks like, check out:

Robert McKee
Larry Brooks
Joanna Penn

These are writers who have diversified. They’ve found what they’re awesome at and they’ve built a business around those things.

If you want to make a living as a writer, this is the best way to do it. Yes, you could just write books, but you’re limiting so many things when you do that, including growth, reaching additional audiences and, of course, the money you can make.

Diversifying is where it’s at. And while you’re at it, you may as well build an empire and create a legacy that lives on.

And speaking of empire… I wanted to introduce you to my new 1-1 coaching program:

Build Your Writing Empire

This program is your springboard to making a living as a writer.

For 6 weeks we will work together to:

Map out your writing empire, including all the things you love to do
Start setting up and implementing the systems and structures you need to support your empire (including an author website, if you don’t already have one)
Overhaul your writing life so you’re aligned with and set up for the success you want to create
Get your nonfiction eBook written and published (at least one, but possibly more than one, if you’re up for it)
Grow your following
Sell more books

You will walk away with a published nonfiction eBook, a blueprint for your writing empire–including what to focus on and in what order–and feeling confident and ready to continue growing your audience and your author brand.

With this program you get:

> Six 1-1 calls with me via phone or Skype (up to 60 mins each)
> Unlimited email support between calls
> Feedback, edits, guidance on everything you create while in the program, including your eBook

And as a BONUS, you get a FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP in the Bestselling Author Mastermind group (a $348+ value). [This is extra-awesome because I’m going to soon be announcing some major changes to BAM that include giving the group access to pretty much everything I’ve created (and the price is going up).]

This program is PERFECT for you if you:

> Have lots of ideas for books you want to write and just need help getting started/organized/productive/etc
> Want to build a writing empire and legacy with your author brand
> Are someone who takes action and follows through
> Are ready to get your damn writing career off the ground
> Want to finally get your first (or next) nonfiction eBook written and published

This program is for writers who are action takers and willing to put in the work.

Program investment: $997 (payment plans available)

Interested? Email me or send me a PM on Facebook.

The C-Word That Makes Your Writing Goal A Done-Deal

The power of the mind is something I’ve been into since I was a kid. Back then I remember my mom saying that, “you can do anything you set your mind to.” And I really took that on and made it a core belief.

I can do anything I set my mind to.

It’s the core belief I’ve created my life from. It’s how I continue to create it.

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have at your disposal to change your life. And when you create something in your mind, it has to show up in your physical reality.

You just have to feel like it’s already true. And you can feel that way by doing things like visualizing and writing your reality.

When you go there in your mind, you will go there in your reality.

Tony Robbins talked about this in his interview with online marketing powerhouses, Frank Kern, and John Reese. And the story he shared was of runner, Roger Bannister, the first man to run a 4-minute mile.

The story goes like this: Roger practiced running a 4-minute mile over and over again in his mind and then he finally achieved it in his physical reality. He was the first person to ever do this. Until he did this, it was believed to be impossible.

The funny thing is, after Bannister hit this seemingly impossible goal, within the next two years 37 other people also ran 4-minute miles.

Amazing, right? One person running a 4-minute mile was enough to inspire 37 other people to think they could do it too.

[Watch the video below…or if you’re in a hurry, watch from minute 15 on–that’s where the best stuff is.]

And what it all came down to, Robbins says in the video, is this: Certainty.

When you know the outcome or result you want is absolutely certain, you’ll take action. You’ll do the work. You’ll show up every day and grind.

But when you feel uncertain–aka: lacking faith in yourself–that’s when you’ll self-sabotage, make excuses and find reasons to avoid going all in or doing the work.

The way to fix uncertainty, is to go there in your mind. To make what you want to create for your writing life a done-deal by visualizing it and writing it into reality.

By not getting your mind in the game, one of two things will happen:

  1. You’ll never achieve the success you dream of having
  2. You’ll achieve (some of) the success you want, but you’ll be burnt out from how hard-won it was

Your mindset, writing habits (or lack of), fears, doubts, distractions, they will all get in the way. Your mind and habits can either work for you or work against you.

Wouldn’t you rather they work for you?

Because that’s the thing about success, it comes from the little things. It’s built from the things you do on a daily basis, not on the things you do once in a while.

So really think about that. And then ask yourself some questions:

  • What are my day-to-day habits like, both in my writing life and life, in general?
  • How productive am I with my writing on a daily/weekly basis?
  • Do I honestly feel like I’m making progress on my writing goals?
  • What areas of my writing life (and life in general) could stand to be improved?
  • Is my mind in the game?

If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to do things that most people aren’t willing to do. For example, I’ve been having crazy-amazing success with my books lately, BUT it’s because I’ve made a huge leap out of my comfort zone and am pushing myself to a level most people wouldn’t even consider (writing and publishing 9 books in one year).

I’m producing more writing than I ever have before. I’m making more progress and faster, than ever before. I’m seeing the results of all my hard work show up every day. But it’s because I’m doing things that other people aren’t willing to.

I’m writing my reality in my journal 2-3 times a day. I’m doing 4-minute visualization sessions 1-2 times a day. I’m being consistent. I’m writing my ass off. I’m putting a lot of books and writing out into the world.

When you’re willing to do the things others aren’t, when you’re willing to push yourself to the edge of where you’d normally push yourself, that’s when you’ll be successful. Because that’s what it takes. (And come to find out, the edge only has about 1% of writers hanging out at it.)

So I want you to really consider where you’re at right now in your writing life. Is it, truly where you want to be?

Or are you playing small? Hiding out? Acting and thinking totally out of alignment with the writer and author you dream of being?

It’s time to change that. To get yourself into alignment with the success you dream of. Because it’s out there and it’s yours for the taking.

It’s just like the 4-minute mile, if what you dream of doing has already been done by someone else, that means it’s totally possible for you to do it too (and it’s also possible for you to be the first one to do it).

You’ve got what it takes. Now own it.

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