So do millions of people around the world. In fact, according to various studies, more than 80% of Americans want to write a book. That equates to more than 200 MILLION people with goals, dreams, and aspirations of sharing what they believe to be a story, wisdom, or insights interesting enough to endure the pain of writing and publishing a book.
When it comes to dreams—whether yours is to become an author, or wealthy, or debt free, or whatever — intentions are great. The problem is most people don’t know where to start and give up before they are halfway there. Wherever there is. That doesn’t have to be your story.
The stats don’t lie. Of the 80% who say they want to write, only 6 % make it to the halfway point, before giving up, and only 1% actually follow through with all the steps to make their dreams of becoming an author come true.
There are many reasons. The most common reasons are excuses such as imposter syndrome, writer’s block, doubt, procrastination, or fear of rejection. Ask any writer and they will tell you these are not only normal but quite common. They slowly eat away at our confidence causing us to become immobilized by fear like a bike with a rusty chain.
Doubt isn’t the problem, really. How we react to the inevitable feelings of fear we all face is. All of us second guess our abilities in certain areas especially writers and other artists.
Most artists are introverts or extroverted introverts. We spend more time in our minds thinking about what we want to do and reasons why we can or can’t do something, rather creating a plan to make our dreams become a reality.
There is a solution. And you already have it. You just need a little encouragement and coaching to help you get started and create a plan to write AND PUBLISH your book.
I can help. I know what all that feels like.
I just went through the rollercoaster of fear and doubt to complete my second book, Ten Seconds of Boldness: The Essential Guide to Solving Problems and Building Self Confidence which was released on August 1st. It includes a five-step method to help authors as well as anyone with dreams and aspirations, actually start and complete whatever it is they want.
Think of it as WD-40 for your rusty chains of fear.
It is a time-tested system that I have used and will continue to use for the rest of my life because it works. It addresses the underlying problems of our all-too-often fucked up belief systems which are in desperate need of a reboot. If you are serious about becoming part of the 1% who actually write and publish a book, I encourage you to read Ten Seconds of Boldness, available at bookstores everywhere.
Side note: at some point in the near future, I will create and teach a short primer on the five steps and how you can implement them to fulfill your dream of publishing a book. Sign up for my newsletter here: shawnlangwell.com
For what it’s worth, any feelings of doubt, or insecurity you have about your ability to finish what you started (if you have actually started writing), are 100% normal. Self-doubt is part of the process of personal growth and development, especially for creative people like us.
The interesting thing is that even though I compiled tons of practical suggestions and tips for accomplishing goals in my latest book, a week later, I still have trouble staying focused and deciding what the heck I am going to do next. I know that doesn’t sound like a healthy endorsement for a solution. But it is. You see, just because we learn something new doesn’t make the problems go away instantly. Anything new takes practice; spaced repetition over time, commitment, drive, and willingness to fail. I am no different than you in that regard. But because I spent so much time writing about this stuff it’s a bit fresher on my mind so I know when I’m slacking.
The book has become my own accountability tool and when the critics in my head start barking, I find myself having to follow my own advice.
The point is, that you can write and publish a book and I can help get you over the hump. I’ve already done it twice and will write many more in my lifetime. So can you, if you are willing to ask for a little help and learn a few tips.
Learn more at shawnlangwell.com. Look me up wherever you buy books. If you are serious about wanting to become a published author, do yourself a favor and invest a few bucks and time to read and apply the principles in Ten Seconds of Boldness. It may literally change your life.
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