Sunday, October 7, 2018
Writing Success - Do You Really Have the Power?
The question in the title has been asked for hundreds, probably thousands of years.
The simple truth of the matter is you have the power. You are in control of whether you become successful or not. Most of it has to do with your thought process.
Zig Ziglar said, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
These two men were giants in the business world and they knew the power of positive thinking.
So, it’s easy to see that what you think has tremendous power over you and what you can accomplish.
But, how do you change your thought process?
To get on the right track, you have to stop making excuses and playing the ‘woe is me’ card. Stop thinking and saying, “I can’t do it.”
It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, you have the ability to learn what you need to learn to do what you need to do to be successful.
Maybe you want to be a working freelance writer who actually gets gigs and earns a good living.
Maybe you want to be an author of an award-winning book and make money from that book, or use it to make money from opportunities that arise from writing a great book.
Maybe you want to have a successful business with 5, 10, 100, or 1000 employees.
Whatever you want to do . . . whatever you REALLY want to do . . . is possible to do.
But, there is a second part to the success process.
German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Are lights blinking and bells chiming?
You can wake up every morning and say I’m going to make $500 today, but if you don’t work toward that goal, you won’t make a penny.
It’s your thoughts in collaboration with your actions that will give you the ability to succeed.
Below is the two-part success process broken into eight bite-size steps.
8 Steps Towards Success
1. Decide what you really what to become or do.
2. Find out what’s needed to accomplish what you want.
3. Believe you can do it.
4. Learn whatever you need to learn to get started and move forward.
5. Take it a step further and become an expert in one particular niche or industry.
6. Prepare a detailed business plan with short and long term goals, along with actionable steps to accomplish those goals.
7. Work, work, work.
8. If you need help, get it.
Start your success process today and take your positive thoughts into the NEW year with you.
Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author, successful children’s ghostwriter, and online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing. For must-know writing and marketing tips, get free access to The Writing World.