Last June I started the (ahem) wonderful adventure of writing my very first book. It was tough! Even tougher when you have nothing to say for yourself. Although that wasn’t actually the case. I have far too much to say for myself. I just believed that I had nothing in me. Who am I to be writing a book? I am a nobody, I don’t know anything, no one will care what I have to say.
All the self defeating talk that I had gone through for pretty much all of my life. However, I told myself I would just do it regardless and set to work. My plan was to write at least a thousand words a day for the month of June to create the first draft.
Once I realised that I was just repeating myself over and over, not to mention that I wasn’t overawed by what I had created, I knew that I needed to edit it and give it a fair bit of tweaking. Before I knew it, I had re-written most of it. Only this time there was a lot more structure and it just made sense. It actually felt like a book. It may not win me a Nobel Prize but I do believe it will provoke enough thought for today’s entrepreneur in regards to what they want out of life.
Before starting the writing process I was advised to write it for someone in particular. A friend or family member for example but most appropriately, a client. I decided to write it for myself if I am being honest. It is a reminder to me to ensure that I follow the five steps all the time. If anyone else can benefit from my ideas then that is a bonus.
What I didn’t expect from this whole process is what would come as a result of writing a book. The idea of so many more. I feel like I have struct oil and it just keeps pouring out. Last year I started blogging and in all honesty I was just writing for the sake of writing. Now when I write I know it comes from the heart. This makes a huge difference.
My whole ethos is around unlocking human potential. You get an undercurrent of that in my book. I believe that we have infinite wisdom that when we tap into it, the possibilities are endless. And writing this book helped me access more of mine. I don’t claim to be an expert in anything, I don’t claim to know everything. What I do believe, however, is that we are far more capable than we think we are. We just need to get started.
I didn’t realise it at the time but writing this book has been the springboard for greater clarity, greater insight and a more inspired vision for how I want to help to change the world. I have more and more certainty each day that I want to help people achieve their greatness. We are all here to serve a purpose, what is yours?
Writing, for me, has been so very therapeutic. I keep a journal of all my thoughts and ideas and I get as much out of my brain onto paper as I possibly can. By doing so I get even more content, more ideas. I believe that it strengthens the link to my inner wisdom. I highly recommend the experience.
Before writing the book I was told that it is such an incredible feeling to receive a box of them in print for the first time. I didn’t think anything of it to be honest. I lacked the belief that my book would be good enough to warrant that kind of response in me. Oh how wrong I was! It was the most amazing feeling. It was that feeling of self pride that so many people don’t get to experience. This, I believe, needs to change.
We are all amazing creatures. We are all worthy and we are all capable of greatness. When we love who we are for what we are then we are unstoppable. What I have learned from the whole process is that my ideas need to be shared with the world. I have so much to say and I love helping people. Something I never thought I would say because I was always so wrapped up with personal gain.
Everyday I fear less and less any criticism or judgement. Two things that used to paralyse any attempt I wanted to make at starting a business. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I have a lot to share. I am no longer concerned with how they are received. This is not as a result some kind of arrogance now that I am an ‘author’. It is a result self confidence and self assurance that I hadn’t experienced to this degree before. My intentions are good, and that’s all that matters to me.
I no longer feel a need to impress people. This is a feeling that is priceless. I spent so much of my life playing up to people in a ploy to seek approval. No one is perfect. Nor will they ever be. We all have our insecurities. I believe that it is time to embrace them, take ownership of them, love yourself for them and find out what they are teaching you about yourself. That is one step to enlightenment.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings! Go buy my book! ‘Bulletproof Entrepreneur’
Have a great week!