Hold Yourself to It
This past Sunday I launched the pre-order to my book Divorced, Single and Scared to Mingle and within two hours it hit best-seller status on Amazon.
10 weeks prior to launching, I made the decision to write a book.
It wasn’t necessarily the perfect time for me to set out to write a book.
In fact, during those 10 weeks, I coached full-time, maintained my blog, attended a 3-day business conference in North Carolina, flew to San Diego for a week to take care of my sister, and flew to San Diego again to meet my niece.
I was busy, but busy never kept me from getting what I wanted.
Every Sunday I would sit down and intentionally carve out the hours of the week I was going to spend on writing.
Sometimes, it’d be an hour in between coaching sessions, other times it’d be specific evenings where I didn’t have plans with my husband or with friends.
Regardless of what else was happening in my life, I made hitting deadlines and writing a priority.
This looked like saying “no” to a night out with friends I hadn’t seen in a really long time, and rescheduling dates with my husband.
It looked like Saturdays where I never got out of pjs and wrote over 10,000 words from bed.
It looked like screening calls and not responding to texts for hours so I could focus on my task at hand.
There will always be reasons for you to put off your dreams.
Work will get crazy and you’ll have to put in extra hours.
Your sister will break her ankle and need you to take care of her.
Your friend will go through a terrible break-up and look to you for unwavering support.
Regardless of what life throws at you, you have to be committed to your own growth and aspirations.
10 weeks ago no one was sitting with me in my house when I decided to write a book. I could have easily told myself, “Now isn’t a good time,” or “You’ll get to it in the New Year,” and I would have probably carried on in life just fine.
…except the part where I would have never manifested my dream of becoming a best-selling author.
You have a choice in how you show up in your life.
This weekend, I dare you to set a goal for yourself that feels undoable and commit to making it happen.
Decide that you’re going to wake up every morning for the next month and write in your journal for 10 minutes instead of checking Instagram.
Decide that you’re going to take 4 exercise classes a week instead of watching This Is Us and Broad City.
Decide that you’re going to call a different friend each week you’ve been meaning to talk to.