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You Can Make-Believe Your Way Into Your Dreams

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s an example:

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

This is my starting place. And then I marinate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The words are a whole other beast.

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

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

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

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

Because I acted my way into it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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How I Became A #1 Best Seller On Amazon

This was originally supposed to be a video and/or livestream, but to be honest, I had a CRAZY week last week and I just didn’t get around to it. So I decided to just write it up, because writing is what I do best anyhow 🙂

I spent some time earlier in the week reflecting back on the specific actions–both practical and energetic–that I took last year that caused me to hit #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category with my eBook, Align Your Writing Habits to Success. And while most of the actions were practical physical actions (as to be expected) there was a whole bunch of energetic mindset actions baked into all of that.

It was almost hard to decipher the practical actions from the energetic ones because energy is involved in everything (as everything is made of energy).

First, why this even matters–because your energy creates your vibration and your vibration is what attracts and magnetizes things to you. So energy matters and the energy you bring with you to everything you do matters.

So that’s why you can’t (and shouldn’t) just do the practical stuff and think that’s enough. It’s not. And while practical action will get you somewhere, it won’t feel nearly as easy and in flow as when you’re doing those actions along with the energetic ones.

Which is why I had a hard time splitting all of the practical actions from the energetic ones, and the energetic ones from the practical. I did what I could, but don’t be surprised if the practical actions have a mix of energy in them and vice versa, that’s kinda how it goes.

Below are the practical physical actions and the energetic mindset actions that I did to become a #1 best seller on Amazon (for PAID books, NOT free ones)…

Energetic Mindset Actions:

> I decided 2016 was the year it was going to happen

This is major. It’s pretty much the WHOLE thing. Once you actually truly decide something and close off all other options and possibilities, then it doesn’t really matter what you do after that. The specific actions are far less important than the decision.

Because the decision creates a feeling inside you and that feeling raises your vibration and then your vibration causes you to have inspired ideas of actions to take. When you actually take them, that’s what will result in you achieving your goal.

> I believed it was DONE

I had no idea how I’d make myself a #1 best seller on Amazon. I had no idea how anyone did it. I didn’t know anyone who’d done it and I didn’t have anyone I could ask about it either.

But something in me just felt like it was done. I felt like it had already happened. And that feeling of “it has already happened” caused me to have inspired ideas for actions that helped me to make it happen.

> I wrote my reality

For several months before it actually happened, I was writing every single day in my journaling that “I am a best selling author” and “all of my books hit #1” and “I am #1 in the Authorship category.”

As writers and creators, our words have POWER. And we can use our words to create anything that we want in our writing lives and beyond. But you have to be committed to actually doing the “write your reality” journaling exercise every day.

> I visualized

Every day I’d imagine myself going to Amazon and seeing my book at #1. Over and over again this was part of my daily visualization practice. I saw it happen in my mind before I ever saw it happen in my reality.

And when I did finally see it in my reality, it felt totally meant to be. Because I created it.

Practical Physical Actions:

> I wrote more books

When I decided that 2016 was the year I was going to hit #1 on Amazon, I got the inspired idea that in order to do it, I’d probably need to write more books. So that’s what I committed to doing. I committed to writing and publishing one eBook a month for the rest of 2016.

I ended up writing 9 eBooks and publishing 7 of them. Two of those 7 eBooks hit #1 on Amazon.

> I told people I was gonna hit #1

I figured if I told people about my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon, it would force me into having to do it. Because I always do what I say I’m going to (even if sometimes it takes a bit longer than I expect it to).

> I acted on a Divine Download (aka: inspired action)

I received a totally random idea one day to take the content I wrote for a free 30-day writing habit challenge into an eBook. And rather than sit on the idea, I acted on it. I put the book together and I self-published it.

> I purchased Bestseller Ranking Pro

Right after I made the decision that 2016 was the year I’d hit #1 on Amazon, I received an email randomly about a software called Bestseller Ranking Pro, which allows you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the different categories on Amazon and an estimate of how many books you’d have to sell in a month in order to hit #1 in that category. The email was for a 50% discount for a 6-month subscription of the software.

I purchased the subscription and started looking into the different categories my books fit into and how much I’d need to sell to hit #1. Having this kind of information made me feel more confident that I could hit #1 in Authorship.

> I gave myself some massive accountability to make this goal happen

I always find that I’m much more likely to take action and achieve something if I’m being held accountable to doing it. So I started a mastermind group for writers who wanted to step up their habits and mindset, so they could create their dream writing lives (aka: The Bestselling Author Mastermind), and I actually told everyone that they’d be able to watch me become a best seller on Amazon.

I committed to giving my group members a behind-the-scenes look at what I did and how I did it. Giving myself the responsibility of not only running this mastermind group, but also to let all of the members watch me as I worked toward becoming a #1 best seller on Amazon, forced me to step up and do the work to make it happen.

This was a major acting as if moment for me.

> I emailed my community about my new eBook when it was available

When my new eBook, Align Your Writing Habits to Success, was published, I emailed my community to let them know it was available. Sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t actually do this!

A lot of self-published authors don’t even have email lists and if they do have them, many of the same authors don’t send emails often enough.

> When the book hit #3, I emailed my community again and posted on Facebook

After I launched that eBook, I just kept pushing forward on my other projects. I wasn’t even paying attention to what was happening with book sales. Until someone emailed me to say my book was at #3 in the Authorship category.

When I found that out, I got super excited and I thought–I wonder if I can get it to #1? So I emailed my community and posted on Facebook, telling people the book was at #3 and asking them to buy a copy if they were interested and/or wanted to support me in hitting #1.

And when I woke up the next morning, my eBook was at #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category.

BOOM.

By combining the energetic mindset actions with the practical physical actions, I was able to achieve my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon. This combination of actions is what I now call Manifestation Marketing.

And the craziest part is, from the day I decided I was gonna hit #1 to the day it actually happened was around 90 days. Ninety days!!!

Imagine achieving one of YOUR writing goals in 90 days! Imagine fully stepping into the identity of the writer and author you’ve always dreamed of being.

That’s exactly what I did in 2016–I fully stepped up and began acting AS IF I was already the writer and author I dreamed of being. So, of course, that’s what I became.

And I step more and more into that identity every single day.

If you’re ready to step into the identity of the writer and author you’ve always dreamed of being and becoming YOU 2.0, today is the FINAL DAY to join us for the Manifest Your Writing Dreams to Life workshop.

Immediately upon signing up you’ll get access to the Facebook group, the pre-work and the Day 1 training and assignment, so you can dive right in and get started.

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Dream life or bust,

It’s All About The Feeling That It Creates

When it comes to manifesting, there’s one really key thing you need: feeling. It’s all well and good to know what you want and visualize it as done and write your intentions down in your journal every day.

But if there’s no feeling behind it or you’re not emotionally connected to your intentions, you won’t be able to manifest them.

Feeling is EVERYTHING when it comes to creating what you want in your writing life and life in general. Without the feeling, there’s no reason to even bother.

Because the feeling is what creates the energy and vibration. And like attracts like. So if you’re writing down that you’re a New York Times Best-Selling Author, but you’re not emotionally conected to that goal–there’s no feeling in it for you, it’s just words on the page–then you can’t make the dream come to life.

The emotion, the feeling, that’s what will help you bring it to life.

Now if there’s a goal you want to make happen, but you’re not really emotionally connected to it or it’s not something that you deeply desire to have, you’re better off putting that goal on hold or setting it aside and focusing on a goal that does hold an emotional charge for you.

For many years I wanted to be a best seller on Amazon. I wanted to see my book at #1 in the Authorship category. But that goal didn’t have feeling around it.

Because I had no idea how to do it and I didn’t totally believe that it was possible for me. It felt like one of those goals that other people achieve, but not me.

And, really, that had a very distinct feeling around it: it felt bad. It felt unachievable. It felt impossible.

Those kind of feelings will only attract more of the same… bad, unachievable, impossible. So I couldn’t actually make my goal of hitting #1 in Authorship happen until I changed the feeling around it.

That didn’t happen for me until Februray 2016, when I met an author who has written and published 47 books–46 of which have hit #1 on Amazon. When I met her, a person I considered to be an amped up version of me, it finally hit me: if she can do it 46 times, surely I can do it once.

And that was the moment that shifted my feelings around hitting #1 on Amazon. Suddenly it felt possible for me. It felt like, duh! Of course I can make it happen!

That changed everything. Because now there was a supercharged feeling behind my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon.

So it’s not at all surprising that I had one of my books hit #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category less than three months later.

The feeling was everything. Changing how I felt about being #1 on Amazon changed what was possible for me.

Before the feeling changed, being #1 on Amazon in Authorship wasn’t possible for me. It was possible, yes, because all things are. But it wasn’t possible for me.

Because I wasn’t open to it. I wasn’t willing to receive it. And so I pushed it away with my bad feelings and attitude about Amazon “not counting” and “not being something I cared about.”

The truth is, it’s not nearly as easy to hit #1 on Amazon for paid books. It takes strategy and doing the work.

But just because it’s not easy, doesn’t mean it has to feel hard. Once I shifted my mindset around being #1 on Amazon and then made the decision that 2016 was the year it was going to happen, it was DONE. All I needed to do was call it in with my intentions and actions.

Everything I did after that point felt divinely guided and totally with ease and flow.

I was finally taking the right actions and doing the things that were aligned with me being a best seller on Amazon. So when it actually happened I was surprised, but not all that surprised, because that’s how manifestation works.

You want something. You decide that it’s done. You put a feeling behind it. And then you take action. What you want manifests in your life. Simple.

It’s us who gets in the way and makes achieving our goals so much fucking harder than it needs to be.

The Universe does everything with ease and flow. And it has unlimited possibilities and ways to bring its magic into your life.

But it can only work for you if you’re working for it.

So figure out what you really, really want, put a feeling of “I already have it” behind it, act as if you already do, and you’ll manifest it so fast your head will explode.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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The Pro Writer Mindset Podcast, Episode 4: An Interview with Kindlepreneur Founder, Dave Chesson

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Guest Bio:

Dave Chesson is an 11-year veteran of the Navy and the founder of Kindlepreneur.com, a site that provides Kindle authors with the tools they need to help more readers find their books.

Show Notes:

I met Dave at Jeff Goins’ TRIBE Writers Conference, and right away knew he was someone I needed to talk to for this podcast. He not only runs a popular website that helps Kindle authors find more readers, but he’s also a best selling author himself, and has created a successful business where he now gets to work at home and hang with his kids.

In other words, he’s freaking awesome.

Here are some of my takeaways from the interview:

  • Amazon keywords don’t just work for nonfiction books–fiction authors can also take advantage of keywords to help more readers find their books
  • When you search for keywords on Amazon, you should use “incognito mode” on the Chrome browser, so Amazon doesn’t know it’s you searching (apparently if Amazon knows it’s you, it skews the search results and shows you different stuff than if it’s someone else searching)
  • You can use the same keywords from Amazon to create your Facebook ad copy, which can help you convert readers into book buyers

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