As we get older, our dreams about life seem to change, but what does NOT change, is our belief about how long things should take. As a child we might think, writing a book will take years! We hold that belief in the marrow of our bones, keeping us in a space where writing a book is out of the question. Our lives are busier than ever, and who has the time, or rather wants to spend the years it would take to write a book? The obstacle isn’t the book, it is the belief in our perception that it would take just as long as we first believed.
Your Dreams ARE Possible
We can all agree that technology has surpassed the amount of work and time necessary to complete large dreams, but it often gets stuck around our deep held beliefs, even with all the proof in our faces. The feeling of dread many feel when thinking about writing a book is so insurmountable, that any up to date information is not even sought.
My first book took me 4 days from inception to print. I blame my own impatience and ADD, but if you can get seaming weaknesses pointed in the direction of productivity, they become strengths. My book was a thrilling, if not riveting book on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and how to go Beyond this chronic illness to a thriving life!
You’re thinking, “How do I get this masterpiece before Christmas?!”
The idea was even boring to ME! But my vision of lowering Hemoglobin A1c in my Type 2 patients was strong enough to carry me through.
My normal process, when creating anything starts with my “Why?” Why am I writing a book about Type 2 Diabetes? Sooooooo boring! My vision, however had to do with helping my diabetic patients feel free of the encumbering nature diabetes has on their lives. I wanted them to go BEYOND Type 2 (which became the name of the program). This vision, my reasoning for even committing to this process became my obsession with helping this group of people. My visions also entail much bigger ventures than I am capable of, with variables I truly DON’T know how to execute.
Writing my first book was a part of a much bigger dream that I had. It became a necessary detail of the dream. I admit wholeheartedly that this was not something I wanted to spend a ton of time on, but remembering my vision of all those folks feeling free of diabetes helped me get through it, as I truly DID want to simplify concepts for my patients to feel more powerful.
Knowing myself, if there is an option to do ANYTHING more fun than what is in front of me, I will. To sit in front of my laptop and write out the accessible science of diabetes seemed daunting. I had to be isolated with no other choice.
I decided to go on a ski vacation!
I don’t ski.
The magic came easily with my intention to finish this book in 2 days. We rented out this large beautiful house in Tahoe, and both mornings, we would all get up and have breakfast together, and then everyone but me would leave for the slopes. I sat at the kitchen table, turned off my phone, and commenced. Eight hours later, they returned, and I stopped. We talked about their adventures, jumped in the hot tub and had fabulous cocktails and meals together! They’d be so worn out that getting to sleep early wasn’t an issue. The same routine the next day, and it was DONE. Is it perfect? NO! But it was exactly what I needed to produce the program!
I made this crazy idea of a book into PART of a larger Why.
Recently I forced my 78 year old father to write a book on everything he knew about Dollar Cost Averaging. I now have a giant Why for him, and told him the book needed to consist of all the information he’d gleaned in his lifetime in one place. That way if anyone wanted the MEAT of his program, they could skip the whole thing for $7.99 and get his EBook.
The program will obviously break down each topic into digestible content, however, his audience needs the choice, as we are now a population of self learners. He asked how, and I basically told him to write out the outline of exactly how to invest in mutual funds, and then fill it in. He beat me by a day, and wrote the whole thing in one night.
Now I had to publish it. I OBVIOUSLY know nothing about publishing: perfect place for me to start! I pulled up amazon self publishing and within the hour his book is being reviewed for final publication.
So, are you TOO OLD to fulfill your dreams? It depends on whether you have a vision bigger than your old belief system. Get your Why, and the rest will distill into details. You can do this!