It’s been a long week. Handling personal issues as well as outside issues and sometimes you just need to step back for a moment and re-focus. At least that’s what I do.
Plus I’ve been doing a ton of writing lately, so next thing I know, I look up and it’s almost time to craft another blog post. Somewhere in-between everything going on, I got off my “clock” (regular schedule). But as always I have some information to share that will spark something in those people seeking it.
As we say in the Game, “Life is a series of problems that must be solved,” and within that saying is the simple truth that no matter how you maneuver, life is always going to bring something to you unexpected that needs to be handled.
Some people may say that’s negative thinking or what have you, but let me ask you a question. When was the last time you went through a whole solid month (30 days) without having to figure out how to handle a situation? This is living life in reality, it’s not being negative.
I wanted to briefly talk about the power of “thinking the right way”. Some may call it positive thinking. The word positive actually means to be sure or certain. Don’t believe me, look the word up in a dictionary.
So if you’re not sure or certain in what you’re thinking, then guess what? You’re not thinking positive. You’re just saying things that sound good.You may not really believe them or feel them as being possible deep inside yourself.
I started writing when I was in the 5th grade. I grew up reading real novels. Some were literally over 700 pages long. This started my fascination with words; mainly how to put them together to convey meanings. Being clear and able to say things in many different ways. In this way, you could always get the listener (or reader) to understand you.
As simple as my writing style may be to some, it does what it’s supposed to do. And that is to break down and simplify complicated concepts and ideas.
Before I published any book I always had the idea I wanted to be an author in the back of my mind. But if I went around telling people I was an author, without having any books published, some of the questions asked would be, “So what’s the name of your books? What do you write about?”
I would then have to explain that I wasn’t actually a published author but I was just working on a book.
In order for me to actually finish a book, I had to keep myself motivated. For any of you that have tried to write a book, you know it’s not an easy task. You lose steam (enthusiasm) quickly!
But what kept me going? Telling myself that, “I am an author”. Sounds simple, I know, but let me break it down.
In order to actually be an author (in the mind's of the public), you have to have a published work. A tangible representation of what you claim to be. So I kept in my mind the end goal; a published book – or in my case, self-published. And currently I have 3 self-published books.
The moment I published my first book, what I was thinking became a reality. I went from a writer working on a book, to an actual author. As soon as that first book was published (and a copy was purchased by a total stranger) I could make the claim out loud that, “I am an author.”
The same exact thing I used to say to myself in my own mind.
My wife loves to take pictures. She enjoys it so much that she purchased a professional grade camera and placed herself in photography school. She hesitated on calling herself a photographer but the moment she sold her first photo she could suddenly make the claim out loud, “I am a photographer!”
Again, the same thing she used to tell herself in her own mind. What she was thinking inside herself became a reality outside of herself.
Even if that first photo sold for one-dollar (which it didn’t), she could still make that claim to anyone. The moment she sold her work, that was it! She was no longer a woman desiring to be a photographer. She became what she thought about.
Of course, there’s always room for improvement. I work on my writing almost everyday. I contemplate word choices and ways to explain things so that I’m not misunderstood. Honestly, some people still misinterpret the topics I write about, but overall the response has been phenomenal.
So, what is your, “I am”? What do you desire to become? And when are you going to push yourself and create a tangible representation of what you claim to be? There is nothing stopping you, but you. Make a firm decision and move on it.
Stop just wishing and hoping. Stop telling yourself, “One day”. Get in motion and get to that point where you can proudly proclaim, “I am!" There's no feeling quite like it in the World.
And if you’ve already done something and put it out into the World, don’t run from, be proud and claim it! You accomplished a goal, something that only a small percentage of people do. Own it! You're no longer thinking about it, you're no longer trying to do it, you’ve done it. Always be proud of your accomplishments, however great or small. A word to the wise.
The motto, "I think it, I create (or design) it, I move on it, I put it into the World and therefore, I am!"
Until next time…
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