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

 

The Journaling Tweak That Helped Me Manifest A $10K Writing Project

So I’m always telling you guys about my daily mindset practice that I do, which includes freestyle writing and then doing a journaling exercise called “write your reality” where you write intentional statements using “I” and written in the present or past tense. (The final part of the practice includes visualizing what you want as if it’s already done.)

For a while now I’ve been writing down that “I make $10k a month,” because that is my next big income goal. But I was also writing that “I am a multi-millionaire,” because that is my overall income goal for my writing business.

And nothing was happening.

So I asked my mentor if I was confusing my mind by writing that I make $10k while also saying I’m a multi-millionaire, because the two statements kind of negate each other.

Her response was spot-on and also the thing that pushed me through feeling ‘stuck’ with my manifesting.

She said…

You should never write down an intention unless you have an emotional connection to it, or you should change the wording until you feel an emotional connection to it.

BOOM!!

Not only was I negating myself by saying I make $10k a month but also that I’m a multi-millionaire (because, duh! The numbers do not add up!). But I also had no emotional connection to being a multi-millionaire because I’ve never done it or even come close. It’s too big for me to believe right now.

So I kept my “I make $10k a month” intention and started writing “I am on my way to becoming a multi-millionaire” instead. And not even three weeks later… my very first $10k writing project landed in my lap.

I’ll be ghostwriting a novel for one of my clients, something I hadn’t ever really considered doing and yet ever since I said yes the signs of alignment are EVERYWHERE! Including the invoice number I sent for the first payment, which was #00111!!

It’s amazing how such a simple tweak can change everything.

It blows my mind, really. But that’s the power of words and of choosing the right words, the words that have an emotional connection for you.

Now, of course, you have to believe what you’re intending. Which is why you’ve gotta mess with the wording until it feels believable for you and you can feel it in your soul… even if it hasn’t physically manifested yet.

So don’t start yourself out writing things that are so totally unbelievable for you that you’ll never be able to accept them as true. Start with something that’s slightly outside your comfort zone but that you still believe is possible for you.

A year ago I couldn’t have manifested a writing project that paid $10k because I didn’t have the capacity to receive it. It was too much money for me to believe it was possible for me.

But a year later, I’ve done enough journaling and mindset work and manifesting to finally believe that, of course, it’s not only possible to make $10k a month, but that it’s possible for me.

Incremental up-levels. Baby steps. That’s how you get your mind to believe bigger and better things. And as soon as you believe it, the physical manifestation of it won’t be far behind.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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This Is Why You Need Like-Minded Friends That You Connect With Regularly

Several months ago, my good friend, Mary DeRosa Hughes, and I decided to be each other’s accountability buddies. It totally made sense–we’re both writers and authors, we both have big dreams that we’re taking action on daily, and we both think very similarly.

Most importantly, she gets me. She gets the way I think and she gets the whole law of attraction thing. She’s one of the few people in my life I can go to and say the most outrageous things, like, “I’m gonna get my novel turned into a movie on the big-screen and famous actors will play my characters and I’ll make a cameo” and she won’t even blink an eye. She’ll just say, “Of course you will! You always do what you say you will.”

She agrees with me. She believes with me. And she pushes me to go bigger and think differently. She’s by far the best accountability buddy I’ve ever had.

And one thing we’ve recently started to do together is co-create our realities.

You probably know that you create your own reality, but did you know that you can also co-create a reality with someone else? You totally can!

You just have to be on the same page and you have to think the same.

Something that Mary and I co-created–unintentionally at first, but over time we began to intentionally reinforce it–is that our conversations make us money. Any time we have a phone call or text each other, one of us gets a Divine Download or inspired action that ends up resulting in money for one or both of us.

The more we say this to each other, the more we continue to reinforce it. Our conversations make us money.

This became a belief that we now both share, so when it happens, it doesn’t at all surprise us. In fact, it’s now totally normal for us to get inspired during our conversations and have that turn into $$$.

It happened again the other day, with something I’d been thinking about, but hadn’t acted on yet.

Mary and I were doing our Monday check in call where we share how things were going and what we’re currently working on that we need support with. And as she shared what’s been going on for her, it hit me: I need to do a workshop for writers on how to manifest.

And as we talked back and forth about it and swapped stories of times when we’d experienced similar things in our lives, I literally had the entire outline for the workshop come to me. So I wrote it all down as we were talking.

At the end of our call, I said to her, “it really is true that our conversations make us money. I just came up with a killer outline for a manifestation workshop I’ve been wanting to do.”

She laughed and said, of course! Because that is a belief that the two of us co-created. So of course that’s what is now true for us.

Belief is EVERYTHING when it comes to creating your reality and manifesting whatever it is you want in your life. And while it does take time to reprogram your beliefs and create new ones that support you in what you want to achieve in your life, if you just keep repeating the new belief(s) over and over again, eventually it will become true and you will see evidence of it in your reality.

Because a belief is just a thought you keep thinking.

So over the last few months as Mary and I have done our weekly check in calls and/or email check ins and texting each other throughout the day, we’ve managed to co-create a belief that our conversations make us money. And now it’s true.

I’m gonna be launching a manifestation workshop for writers very, very soon (hint: it’s launching later this week!!). And that workshop came directly from my conversation with Mary.

If you don’t already have a like-minded accountability buddy who you check in with on a regular basis, I highly recommend you get one. You don’t have to co-create beliefs like, our conversations make us money, but you could.

I mean, why the hell not, right?! But regardless of what you decide to create, I hope you’ll take on the challenge of finding yourself an accountability buddy, one who gets you and who wants similar things to you and who thinks like you do.

There’s nothing better in the world than to be supported by someone who gets it.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. YES! It’s true! I actually am doing a manifestation workshop specifically for writers. I’ve thought about this for a loooonnnngggg time now. Probably longer than I should have. And now I’m gonna act on it. If you’re interested in learning how to manifest your writing goals and dreams and whatever the fuck else you want, stay tuned…

This Is What Discipline Looks Like

You want to achieve something; to write a first draft; to publish your novel; to put words on the page every day. You know what you want. It’s clear in your mind and has been for some time now.

You figure out what actions it will take to start making some progress on said achievement. You write them down and make a to-do list.

You commit to doing the work.

Then you sit down in front of your computer, open a blank document or Scrivener file and get started. You may have to start from scratch, building something brand new that’s still living in your head. Or you may be able to rework something you wrote previously.

You work for about 20 minutes and then go take a quick break before coming back for another session.

The next day, you do the exact same thing.

The day after, the same.

And the day after…

And the day after…

And the day after…

Then you might have some Resistance pop up and try to pull you away from the page. But you fight it and get there anyhow.

Same thing happens the next day, and words still get on the page.

Then you have a really, really rough morning. You’re not feeling great, and your dog is driving you nuts and you’re kind of tired. All you want to do is curl back up in bed.

But instead you write your daily word count.

The next day you’re feeling like your old self again and you bang out an hour’s worth of words without even realizing it.

The next few days are tougher, because you have family in town visiting and they’re pulling your attention away. The Resistance is strong. Stronger than ever maybe. And you’ve done so well the last couple weeks, there’s no reason you can’t give yourself a break.

But just for today.

Except now the words pull at you, beckoning you to the page with their magnetism. You can’t not write. So you get some words down on the page before heading to lunch with the family.

After they’re gone, it becomes harder to get back on track because you’ve let yourself be looser with your daily writing while they were in town.

But you still sit down at the page anyhow.

You have no idea what you’re going to write. The words won’t come. But you continue to sit there. You read something inspirational or you do a writing prompt, just to jump-start your creative juices.

And then the words bubble up and spill out. Maybe faster than they ever have before… like they’ve been built up and held back by a dam that is now gone.

And you feel good. Better than ever, maybe.

You feel like a real writer.

You smile as you step away from your laptop, closing the lid. This was a good day.

And tomorrow, the battle starts again…

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction? The idea that you can attract into your life whatever you think about and take action on? What if you really can have whatever you dream of having? What if you believed it was all within reach?

What if I told you that you can use this same law to get whatever you want in your writing life? (Hint: you can.) Stay tuned…

The Truth About Being A Pro Writer

I almost didn’t write this post today. ‘Cause I didn’t feel like it. I had no idea what to write. I didn’t want to be sitting here in front of my computer staring at a blank page.

So I procrastinated. I made breakfast and took a shower. Two things I rarely do until I’ve already finished my writing for the day.

Then I played with the dog, hoping that an idea would hit me and I’d be off and writing. Nope.

Then I read through a few posts from the most inspiring people I follow. Still, nothing.

Then I sat here, again, in front of a blank page, still not knowing what to write. And nothing came.

Until I realized, sometimes, that’s just how it is.

Sometimes, you don’t have anything to say. Sometimes you’re not inspired. Sometimes you don’t feel like doing or don’t want to do it.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show up. Because it’s in the showing up that the words finally come.

Maybe not right away. Maybe not when you want them to. Maybe not even during the time you’ve specifically set aside to do your writing.

But if you just show up and keep showing up, they will come. It’s inevitable. At some point, words just come through.

Because that’s how it works.

Showing up is the prerequisite for inspiration. Showing up over and over and over again.

And if you show up and it doesn’t come out right away, that doesn’t mean you call it a day. It might mean you need to do something else for a little while or you need to read something inspiring or take a walk around the block.

But that doesn’t mean you stop trying.

That’s a problem a lot of writers have. They get started on something–a blog, a short story, a novel–and then when they get stuck, they just stop showing up. They start making a million excuses for why they can’t write right now or are too busy or don’t have any ideas or aren’t inspired.

And then they buy into those excuses, call them “reasons” and live their life avoiding the one thing they truly want to be doing.

I admit, it’s not at all easy to have discipline and force yourself to sit your ass in a chair and do the writing. It’s hard. And some days it’s really, really, REALLY hard.

But a pro writer just keeps showing up.

That’s one of the biggest differences between a pro writer and a wannabe. A pro knows that showing up is the most important thing. A pro will show up, even when they’re not inspired. Even when they don’t feel like it. Even when they have nothing to say and all the words they’re writing are coming out like garbage.

A wannabe writer will let lack of inspiration or not feeling like it stop them. A pro never will.

If you wanna be a pro writer and eventually a pro author, the first thing you must commit to is showing up every single day. Sitting at your computer in front of a blank page with a blinking cursor and just getting down to work.

Over and over and over again.

Many days will be great. Sometimes the words will flow. Sometimes you’ll be so inspired the words literally shoot out of you like you’re having target practice.

Bullseye.

Other days will SUCK. Sometimes the words will be so stuck it’s like you have to pull them out one-by-one, a little at a time, and blood really will appear on your forehead.

Sometimes they won’t come out at all and you’ll stare at a blank screen before taking a break and then coming back for more.

But you always have to come back for more.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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Figure Out Where You Are Disciplined And Use That In Your Writing Life

When it comes to being successful as a writer and author, it all really comes down to three things:

1. Habits
2. Discipline
3. Consistency

That’s the secret. That’s what every successful writer and author out there has mastered. They’ve made writing a daily habit, they’ve become disciplined about it and they’ve done it consistently enough to have made major progress.

Success is really simple when you break it all down. And while each author’s success will have been achieved through different actions and activities, the core of their success always comes down to habits, discipline and consistency.

The problem is most writers aren’t very habitual or consistent and they often lack discpline for doing what really matters and what will really move them forward on their projects. Maybe you can relate?

I used to relate to that. Back years ago, I had zero discpline or habit when it came to my writing. And don’t even get me started on being consistent. Back then, the only consistency I had was my inconsistency.

But then I started to think about the things that I do have habit, discpline and consistency around. ‘Cause the truth is, we all have habits, discpline and consistency with some stuff.

Just not always the thing we want to have it around.

For example, when I was younger, I used to get tons and tons of cavities. I’m talking 5-7 every time I went to the dentist. And what came with those cavities were painful trips to get them filled. (So NOT fun!!)

I brushed my teeth every day, twice a day. It was a habit my mom instilled in me from a young age. But I still got cavities.

When I asked my dentist why, he said I needed to start flossing every night before bed, and if I did, that would reduce the number of cavities I was getting.

I didn’t listen. I had already built a habit around brushing my teeth twice a day, every day, and I thought that should be enough. But it wasn’t.

When I was 22 years old, I went to a dentist appointment and was told I had 8 cavities–all in teeth that I’d already had filled before. The dentist was adament that I get them taken care of right away, before they became root canals or worse.

So I went and saw a specialized dentist who was recommended to me. When I saw that dentist, her recommendation was two-fold: she said I needed to have inlays done, where they basically hollow out the inside of your tooth and then create a custom-made filling to replace what they removed; and I had to start flossing every night.

The process cost around $7,000 and it took three visits to the dentist–two to drill and hollow out the teeth and then take the impressions to send to the lab that would create the fillings, and then one to actually put the inlays in when they were ready.

I probably don’t even have to tell you how painful the hollowing out process was. Let’s just say I needed to have 7 shots of novicaine on one side of my mouth and I still felt everything, because some of the cavities were so deep they touched the nerve of my tooth. And on top of that, I had the worst headache of my life the next day after the novicaine wore off. At one point, I actually thought my head was going to explode.

It was by far one of the most torturous things I’ve ever been through. After it was all over, I made a decision: from that day forward, I would brush and floss my teeth every single night, no matter what. Even if I was tired. Even if I didn’t feel like it.

And I did.

There hasn’t been a single day since then that I haven’t brushed and flossed my teeth before going to bed. Even on the nights when I’ve fallen asleep on the couch, slept there for half the night and then woke up at 4 a.m. and wanted to go sleep in my bed. I still forced myself to brush and floss my teeth before I was allowed to go to bed.

I created this habit almost immediately and became super disciplined about it, so I’d never have to go through anything like that or get another cavity filled ever again. (And I haven’t since!!)

But you don’t have to wait until the thing you’ve avoiding gets so painful that you’re basically forced into changing.

What I discovered is the discipline I now had with flossing my teeth could be used for anything you want to turn into a habit. Including your writing.

All I had to do was figure out what I’d done to make it happen. And here’s what I came to:

1. Decide

After that painful (and expensive) inlay experience, I made the decision that never again would I let a day go by without flossing my teeth. If flossing my teeth was the one thing that would stop me from getting cavities, I was going to do it and do it daily.

2. Commit

Once the decision was made, I committed to it. Fully. I was all-in on it.

3. Trigger

I created a trigger to help me make it easier. I went out and bought floss and I put it with my toothpaste so I would see it every time I brushed my teeth. This made it much easier for me to actually follow through because I had a reminder every time.

4. Why

In the beginning, when it wasn’t a habit to floss my teeth every night yet, I had to remind myself of why I was doing this and why I wanted to create this habit. The why of what you’re doing is so important because it will keep you motivated and will help you push through when things get tough or when you “don’t feel like it.”

5. Keep On Going

When I first started flossing every night, it was definitely a challenge because I wasn’t used to it and I hadn’t been doing it long enough to see the full benefits from it yet. When you’re not seeing the results or benefits right away, it’s often hard to keep going. But that’s what you have to do.

If you fall off track for a day or two, don’t make a big deal about it, just get back to it as soon as you can. The biggest problem with creating habits and being disciplined is that often when you fall off track you make it mean something it doesn’t mean. You’ll say it’s because you can’t do it or you’re not good enough or whatever.

But it has nothing to do with that. It’s just not a habit yet. And once it is, you’ll do it so automatically you won’t have to even think about it. So get back to it as soon as you can and then keep going.

Follow these five steps and you can make a habit and create discipline around pretty much anything, whether that’s flossing your teeth or doing your writing.

So often we’re afraid to make something a habit or to be disciplined because we think that it will take away our freedom. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Discipline creates freedom, because once something is automatic, your mind is freed up from having to think about it or worry about it getting done. And since you’ve made it a habit, it always gets done, even in the midst of life chaos or being busy.

Want to totally change your life and step into the identity of the writer and author you’ve always dreamed of being? It starts with creating habits, discipline and consistency around doing what matters and doing it daily.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Is it time for you to create habits and discipline in your writing life? Then be sure to join us for the Writing Habit Revamp workshop: 21-days of discipline, habit-building, support and accountability to get your butt in a chair and words on the page.

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Commit To Doing At Least The Bare Minimum Every Day

For the last three weeks I’ve been prepping and preparing for my move to Texas. Cleaning things out. Clearing out stuff for donation. Selling things. Whatever needed to get done.

Which has meant that a lot of what I’d usually be doing in my days and weeks wasn’t getting done or was being pushed off for the time being. This is a sacrifice that sometimes has to get made when you have bigger things going on.

But that doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to completely fall off on everything.

That would be a huge mistake. And it’s the mistake that a lot of writers make that derails them. Because it’s hard to get back on track once you fall off.

So many fall off and don’t get back on.

Yes, sometimes life gets in the way and interrupts your best-laid plans. It’s gonna happen. Unless you’re committed enough to keep going no matter what.

And I am.

The thing that helps me keep moving forward and making progress is to have a daily bare minimum. My daily bare minimum are the tasks that–even on my most insane and busy of days–still must get done.

For me, that list includes:

> Walking my dog
> Journaling and mindset practice
> Writing a blog post (or at the very least, posting something thought-provoking and engaging on my Facebook page)
> Checking in with clients/students
> Promotion and sales activities (at least one activity)

My daily list of things I do is a lot longer than this, but on days when life gets in the way, I’m totally happy if I’ve done at least my bare minimum stuff.

That bare minimum stuff will still help me make progress on my writing goals. Which is why I’m writing this post right now when I should be finishing up what needs to be done before we get on the road to Texas Wednesday morning.

I could’ve made the move an excuse and not written this post–it would have been totally relevant and legit. Most writers would have and no one would give them a hard time about it either. Making a cross-country move is stressful! It’s a lot of work! It requires a lot of energy and focus! So it’s totally fine not to do your writing.

But I’m not most writers and I’m committed to doing what needs to be done. Even when it’s not convenient.

So, what’s your daily bare minimum? What can you commit to doing every day, bare minimum, that will still move you forward and make you progress on your writing goals?

You probably don’t want to do the bare minumum EVERY DAY. The bare minimum is for days when life gets in the way or when you really are legit way too busy to do everything you need to do or you’re intentionally choosing to take it easy that day.

You want to be committed to doing whatever you need to do every day, which usually means a whole lot more than the bare minimum. But if all you can do is the bare minimum, you will still make progress and move forward.

That’s what matters.

And if you’re just starting out or need to build some habit and consistency into your writing life, then committing to doing your bare minimum every day will get you on track to eventually being able to take on more.

This week, I’ll definitely be doing my bare minimum stuff, but once I get to Texas and get a bit settled in, watch out! There’s a whole lot of awesomeness coming in June.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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Want Your Life To Flow And Be Easy? Then Stop Putting Off Your Soul Work

(Side note: literally as I typed the headline of this post, the word count on my WriteRoom app said 67777… for me, seeing 777 is a nudge from the Universe saying YES!!)

I discovered something a while back: when I do my fiction writing–my soul work–every day, my life just flows and everything becomes easy. I no longer have to struggle, for anything.

Money flows, opportunities pop up, new clients hire me, and magic unfolds. Good vibes and confidence are the norm.

But on the days when I DON’T do my soul work, and especially when I’ve not done my soul work for several days in a row, things start to break down. I don’t feel like myself anymore. I question everything. I consider quitting. I doubt. I fear. I worry. I procrastinate. I resist.

I get stuck. Sometimes for days.

And the funny part is, I could make all of that go away if I just DO my soul work.

It really is that simple.

When you’re putting off or pushing away or “one daying” the soul work that you know you’re meant to be doing (aka: your WRITING!!), life doesn’t work.

Because your soul work, the whole reason you came here to this world, isn’t being let out. And it’s dying.

Worse off, you’re the one killing it.

Every day that story idea sits in your head instead of being down on paper and out in the world, your soul gets crushed a little more. Eventually, if you continue to do nothing about it, it will be completely crushed and nothing will be left except the dust of what might have been.

Isn’t it time to let it out?

Isn’t it time to make your soul work a daily priority?

Isn’t it time to DO SOMETHING with all those ideas and inspired actions?

I get it–making a change is hard. Habits and ways of being are so ingrained it’s like trying to break apart two magnets. Tough, but not impossible.

The best way to jump in and make a change is to SET A DATE and then PREPARE for it as best you possibly can–mentally, emotionally and physically. Work your way up to it, that way you actually stick with it instead of sabotage it.

The other thing to know about making a change and creating new habits is there will most likely be a relapse period. Even several. But if you keep going, you will eventually beat that old pattern and old habit and you’ll have created a new one to take its place.

And the best habit you can ever create–for yourself and your life–is making your soul work a daily priority.

Even for fifteen minutes. Even for five.

It’s not about the amount of time you spend on it, it’s about just doing it. And doing it daily.

When you do, you’ll soon find that your life just begins to flow and be easy. You’ll be happier and more productive and motivated. Because you’ll finally be doing what really matters to you.

Putting off your soul work is a recipe for a chaotic life that never seems to work right.

You can’t ignore or put your soul work on the backburner. Not if you want a life of ease and flow.

Ease and flow comes from making your soul work the most important thing you do in your day.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

P.S. If writing stories is your soul work, mark June 5 on your calendar because you don’t want to miss this… Plan Your Damn Novel: a 4-week story planning and development workshop to take the idea in your head and turn it into a full-blown story plan with structure and a scene-by-scene roadmap you can use to write your first draft.

We’ll be working through all the pieces of creating your story, including Concept, Premise, character arc, subplots, structure, scene and sequel, and more.

And–best of all–you can get access to this workshop as a BONUS for joining the Bestselling Author Mastermind, my high-level mentorship group for multi-passionate writers who want to create the habits, mindset, craft expertise, follow-through and consistency of a pro author.

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Trust Is A Key Ingredient For Manifesting Your Writing Dreams (And Dream Life)

The other night I rented an old romantic comedy on Amazon and decided to make some popcorn to go with it. I put a pot on the stove, dropped in a couple big scoops of coconut oil and then put the lid on to get the oil hot.

I let the oil heat for a few minutes and then I put the kernels in. Immediately they began heating up. The oil was bubbling, the kernels were turning a roasted color. Any minute now I’d have popcorn.

But then the kernels didn’t pop as fast as I thought they should.

I kept shaking the pot, hoping to stir the kernels around and get them hot enough to pop. But still nothing.

Nothing.

The kernels just kept on cooking, the oil getting hotter and hotter by the second.

Still, nothing.

Then I got annoyed and started yelling at the kernels. What the hell is wrong with you? Why aren’t you popping? You should be hot enough! The oil is bubbling like crazy. What the fuck?!

Still, nothing.

Then I shook the pot again. Stirring the kernels around while simultaneously telling them they should already be popping.

Still, nothing.

And then I realized–holy shit! This is a metaphor for LIFE!!

Often in life we have a dream or a goal and we declare it and start taking action and move in that direction. And yet nothing is happening. Or at least, it’s not happening at the speed WE think that it should.

So you say it’s not working and then you start to look for what’s wrong and what you should fix. And all the while your life kernels–your dreams, your goals, your desires–are heating up and getting ready to pop… but you get impatient and remove your energy from taking action and instead get caught in self-doubt and fear and procrastination and Resistance and worrying about whether you’re good enough.

But here’s the thing I know to be true about popcorn–and life–when the oil gets hot enough, the kernel gets hot enough, and when the kernel gets hot enough, it pops.

It has to. There’s no way around it. A corn kernel at a specific internal temperature will turn into popcorn. This is inevitable.

The same is true in life and in living your dreams.

If you know what you want and you commit to it and consistently take action and do the work and keep going and don’t let yourself be stopped by anyone or anything, you WILL get there. It’s inevitable.

But getting from where you are now–a kernel–to where you want to be–the popped corn–there has to be a level of trust there. You have to trust that if you go all in and show up fully and do the work that you will eventually get there.

You will. It’s inevitable.

Except the timing will never be what you think it will. When it happens and how it happens are totally out of your hands. The when and the how are up to the Universe.

Your job is the what and the why. Your job is to take baby-step actions, whatever ones you can come up with, in the direction you want to go. And as you do, trusting that what you want will eventually be yours.

And when you fully trust in the timing of your life and stop trying to rush things, what you want will happen a hell of a lot faster.

Right now it’s not happening as fast as you want because you’re constantly looking around for results and saying that it’s not working. You’re actually pushing it further off when you do that.

Because what you pay attention to and put your focus on will expand.

Keep focusing on it’s not working or it’s not happening fast enough and that’s what will keep expanding. Or place your focus on what you want and why you want it and on taking whatever actions you can from where you are and don’t worry about whether or not it’s happening fast enough.

As my mentor says, head down and do the fucking work.

As I stood there–FINALLY–watching the kernels turn into popcorn, I realized it was time to trust in the speed and timing of my life. Because it’s already perfect and divine.

We always think we should be further along than we are. This is part of being human and especially being humans who dream big and are driven to achieve.

But things take time. And you really wouldn’t want things to go any faster or you won’t be ready to handle it and you’ll go into self-sabotage mode.

It’s true.

You think it would be badass to just wake up tomorrow and be on The NY Times bestseller list. But for most writers, it wouldn’t be. Because they haven’t journeyed far enough yet to be ready for that kind of success.

If it happened overnight–the instant fame, the hundreds of emails and phone calls and guest appearances and traveling and whatever else comes with it–it would scare the shit out of you. And you wouldn’t be able to handle it.

It would make you run and hide. It would cause you to blow past your inner comfort zone and you’d sabotage it. It would be the end of who you are right now.

The Universe doesn’t want that for you.

So that’s why life is gradual. That’s why things take time to unfold. That’s why you see it in your head and feel it in your heart way before you see it in your physical reality.

Because you need time to get used to it. You need time to process each level before you get to the next one. You need time to work through all the things you need to learn and discover to be able to handle what’s next.

So when it does inevitably happen, you’re ready. You’re present. You’re able to accept it and receive it and hold on to it.

When the kernels finally pop, you’re ready for them.

And while it was heating up and doing its thing, you had time to gather a bowl and figure out what seasonings to put on it and make the spice mix. You’re prepared for its inevitable manifestation.

You do that with popcorn and you can also do it with life.

Figure out what you want. Commit to it. Then pretend it has already happened and ask yourself what you’d be doing and thinking and being. And then do, think and be that stuff RIGHT NOW.

No worrying about how long it will take. No second-guessing yourself or your actions. Just do the work and trust in the inevitable arrival of everything you dream of.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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Want To Live Your Dream Life Now Instead of “One Day”? Here’s How

Something I’m constantly thinking about is the idea that all possibilities exist at the same time, and it’s the choice we make to either believe in what’s possible and be open to it or to place limitations on what’s possible and not be open to it, that makes it happen (or not).

And if all possibilities exist at the same time, why not choose the one you really want?

Rather than settle for some lame-ass version of what you really want. Rather than tell yourself you can’t have it or you’re not worthy of it or good enough. Rather than keeping yourself in a holding pattern that just repeats over and over again.

Instead, you can just choose. You can choose that you’ll live your dream life–to whatever extent you can–right now, today.

And then you go and do it.

It really is that simple. But not always that easy.

Which is where the “making space” exercise comes into play.

I’ve been doing this exercise on and off over the last year and every time I do it, I get closer and closer to living more of what I want my dream life to be like.

Here’s how to do the exercise…

1. Grab a journal and a pen

I highly recommend you do this by hand, if possible. If not, open a file on your computer

2. Make a list or do some freestyle writing on what you need to make space for in your life every day

This is when you’re going to write down not only the things you need to do every day, but also the things you want to be doing that you’re not right now AND anything you know you’d be doing if you were already living your ideal dream life.

Here’s my list:

> Daily mindset practice (+ Your Hidden Mind)
> Write Daily Think Different
> Work on fiction
> Work on nonfiction
> Create content (paid and free)
> Wealth creation
> Sales activity
> Book #s
> Dream Life Or Bust livestream
> Student/client feedback and work
> Check in on Facebook groups
> Empire building time
> Inbox 0
> Reading
> Watch a movie
> Personal growth
> Fitness
> Cook/eat healthy
> Drink 64oz of water
> Joe and Weiland time
> Quiet/think/dream/vision/plan time
> Nap

This is a combination of things I’m already doing most days as well as things I want to be doing every day and things I know I would be doing as the dream-life version of me. These are the things I need to be focused on in my daily life.

And your list is what you need to be doing and focusing on every day.

This is the hard part. It’s easy to make a list of what you’d like to be doing, but it’s another to live it. Which is where the just go do it thing comes in.

Because if you want to live the life of your dreams, where you have space for all the things that matter to you, then you have to be willing to spend your time on doing the things you want to be doing, and let go of all the other stuff that doesn’t matter. Yes, this can even mean things like watching TV or social time, if that matters less to you then other stuff on your list.

Priorities. That’s what it comes down to.

And it’s time to start prioritizing your dream life.

No one can create it for you. No one’s gonna hand it to you on a silver platter. You have to create the dream life for yourself.

And it starts with simply figuring out what you want to be doing and then committing to making space for it. Daily. Every day. From here on out.

I can already feel the push-back coming… but what if I don’t have time? What if I have to work a day job? What if [insert excuse or reason]?

I know, I get it, I get it. You’re busy and you have to work 40+ hours a week and you have a family to take care of and a house to clean and.. but what about you? Remember you?

You, the only person who has been with you since day one and will be with you until the day you’re no longer here. You, who deserves to live the life you dream of living.

You, the only person who can make your dream life a reality.

So it’s time to start making space for what really matters to you.

Besides, if you’re not already prioritizing yourself and the things you dream of doing, you’re no good to anyone else anyhow. Fill yourself up first before you worry about everyone else.

3. Set a time limit for each activity or item on your list (where possible)

Some of the items on my daily list are timed, others I just do until I’m finished. Here’s my list again with the times:

> Daily mindset practice (+ Your Hidden Mind)
> Write Daily Think Different
> Work on fiction (30 mins)
> Work on nonfiction (30 mins)
> Create content (30 mins)
> Wealth creation (30 mins)
> Sales activity (30 mins)
> Book #s
> Dream Life Or Bust livestream
> Student/client feedback and work (30-60 mins)
> Check in on Facebook groups (15-20 mins)
> Empire building time (60-90 mins)
> Inbox 0
> Reading (30 mins)
> Watch a movie
> Personal growth (1 training)
> Fitness (20 mins)
> Cook/eat healthy
> Drink 64oz of water
> Joe and Weiland time
> Quiet/think/dream/vision/plan time
> Nap (when needed)

I have this list as a sticky note on my desktop so I can see it all day long. As I complete things, I delete them off the list for the day. And then at night, I reset the entire list for the next day.

These are the things I want to spend my day doing and want to invest my time and energy into. And doing so every day moves me closer and closer to living my dream life.

So, what’s on your list? Share in the comments.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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