So many writers and creative people hold the belief that, “it has to take a long time” and “you’ve gotta pay your dues.” And yeah, it’s also true that A LOT of people hold this belief.
But you know what isn’t true?
That belief. It’s not true. Not even remotely true.
Unless YOU decide that it is.
I’ve decided that 2017 is the year I break six-figures from my book sales. I’ve decided it’s the year I’m going to thrive in my writing career like never before.
Sure, this year has been amazing and I’ve built up some killer momentum. But it’s not enough.
Because I want to blow the ‘starving artist’ mentality OUT OF THE WATER. And, yes, it IS a mentality. One that’s keeping most authors insanely broke and unfulfilled.
But here’s the great part–you can change a mentality.
You can actively choose the thoughts you think and the beliefs you hold. You can choose to create exactly the writing life you’ve always dreamed of having.
But you have to CHOOSE. Consciously. Actively. Every single day.
You have to decide that you’re not going to accept the ‘starving artist’ mentality as truth for you. You have to decide that you’re going to be an author who THRIVES.
Yes, it will take time to create this in your physical reality. But it will happen a whole lot faster if you get your mind there first.
And yes, there are people in the world who refuse to see past the limitation that is the ‘starving artist’ mentality. These are the creative people who say things like, “I can’t quit my job and become a full-time writer or I’ll end up living in a cardboard box” or “writing is a hobby” or “one day I’ll make it happen” or “writers are broke” or “it’s just a pipe-dream” or [insert whatever lame excuse you give or have been given for why you can’t thrive as a writer].
Those are the creative people who will never see their full dreams come to fruition. Because it’s impossible to create a big, successful, thriving creative career with a belief like that.
And what’s sad is, just by changing that mindset and by seeing themselves as thriving artists, those same creative people could have a totally different experience.
Because you create your own reality. And you do it with your thoughts, your beliefs and your actions (or inactions).
So if you’re looking around and you don’t like what you see; if you’re dreaming of being a thriving author, meanwhile you’re still holding a day job and barely making book sales, it’s time for a mindset intervention.
It’s time to go within, dig around, pull out those limiting beliefs–the ones that are stopping you and holding you back–and GET RID OF THEM!!!
And you really don’t even have to dig around. If you want to know what limiting beliefs you currently have, you can find out by doing 2 things:
- Looking around you–your reality is a reflection of all that you’ve thought, believed and acted on up to this point.
- Start telling yourself new, empowering beliefs–just by doing this, you’ll start to catch all the limiting beliefs because they’ll show up as that negative voice inside that tells you you’re wrong or that you can’t do it, etc., whenever you say the new beliefs.
You really can change your life by changing your thoughts.
So your choice is to either continue buying into the ‘starving artist’ mentality, and believing that it has to be a struggle, that you have to work insanely hard and pay your dues, and that even if you do eventually make it, you’ll be lucky to earn low five-figures a year from your creative work.
OR, you can tell yourself something different.
You can tell yourself that you make millions from your books. And that you quit your job and become a full-time writer who thrives and has more than enough, always. And that your books hit the NY Times Best Seller list and get turned into Hollywood movies. (‘Cause that’s what you’re really dreaming of, right?)
Which one inspires you? Which ones makes you feel better? Which one motivates you to take action?
Exactly. The thriving artist version.
And when it all comes down to it, it’s just a perspective. If you choose to believe in ‘starving artists,’ then that’s what you’re going to find in your experience. And if you choose to believe in ‘thriving artists,’ then that’s what you’re going to find in your experience.
The reality you choose to experience is totally up to you.
For example, a few months ago I decided that I’m well-known in the writing industry and that big-name people contact me and want to partner with me and work with me. I decided that my podcast is a must-listen for writers everywhere and that big-name people want to be interviewed by me.
This past weekend, I booked a big-name guest for my podcast AND I got contacted by a big-name author who wanted to talk to me about how we can help each other out.
Your reality is what you decide it’s gonna be. So decide you’re going to be a thriving author and you will be.
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One Reply to “Are You Choosing “Thriving Author” Or “Starving Artist?””
Love this mentality! This is my mindset for 2017 as well. Move on. Move up. Be positive. Love it. Good luck!