Leaning forward

MC900303033[1]I was at a meeting yesterday at my day job.  The meeting had nothing at all to do with books or of my own personal goals to build my book biz.  But then there came a moment when the presenter felt like he tapped into the wanderings of my mind and began talking to me directly.

Of course, that wasn’t the case, but I had one of those instances when I felt like I was being given a divine message.  I’ve been questioning my abilities, skills, and even my desire to really stick this out and figure out what I need to do to become successful.  It’s been a year since I’ve published my book, but it hasn’t gained much traction.  I can blame this or that for this stall in progress, but I have to be honest with myself and claim the problem as me!

I’ve been afraid.  I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to take the steps I need to take the next leap of faith.

I can see where I want to be, but I can’t figure out the path I need to take to get there, but then in my meeting, the presenter said these things… “blah, blah, blah, and in order to build a program, you will need these…”

I woke up from the drowsiness that was sure to have me nodding off and I was like ‘hey, that makes sense!’  You know what he said?  Here it is:

  • Logo
  • Brand
  • Mission Statement
  • Integrity/Action Triggers
  • 3-5 year plan

Logo/Brand–this is how you will be identified.  Put this on everything you do to 12_Angels_Publishing_2associate yourself with your services and your products.  Your logo/brand represents you.

Mission Statement–what is your mission for doing what you are doing.  Why is it important?  What do you hope to accomplish? Put your heart into this statement.

Integrity/Action Triggers–what is the basis for your decisions?  These will be the guiding tenets of what you do.  For example, “I will only produce quality work.  Anything less will not be published.”

Plan–must have a plan.  What do you hope to do at the end of year.  What do you need to do each month, each week, each day to get closer to your goal? Adjust accordingly.  Plans sometimes don’t work out the way we like or anticipate.  Be open to adjust and to re-work the plan.

Good stuff right?  I thought so, but the most important takeaway from that meeting was the presenter’s emphasis on “leaning forward” and not giving up–ever! Perseverance is the word!

Even if you can’t take a step, just lean into it, push into it, and eventually you will move forward.  Every little thing that is done, is something done.

Creation takes time.  Building things that will last takes time.

Where does this leave me?  I’m back to the drawing board–again :)