When you think about successful writers or authors, who do you think of?
But what if I told you, you could write a book, publish it, and only 10 people buy it…and that’s success. You’re probably thinking, “What?” Yes, anything you accomplish on your journey toward becoming a published author is a success. Let’s break this down.
What is Success Anyway?
Success is a relative and elusive thing, really. Even “successful” people don’t feel successful at times. Why do we tie so much of our energy in something that is impermanent? As soon as you’ve achieved a success, it’s gone. You’re done. Then you’ve got to come up with something else you can feel successful about. I recently watched Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk where she talks about dealing with the success of Eat, Pray, Love and where she goes from there. She brings up a good point about success. People constantly asked her: aren’t you afraid that you won’t reach that same level of success again? Her answer is, yes. She admitted that she was afraid of that happening.
Thinking About Success Differently
If we’re wanting success but then we get afraid of it when we achieve it or even close to it, then perhaps it’s time to think about it in a different way. Success doesn’t have to be huge to feel like an accomplishment. Writing a book and finishing a first draft is a success. Heck, writing a page, paragraph, or even a sentence is a success! It all depends on how you define success. I’m not talking about how you think you should define success. I mean how YOU and YOU ALONE define it. If you’re really wanting to write a book then simply starting it is a success for you.
Success is a Staircase
It’s not a stagnant thing either. Success is constantly evolving, changing, or growing. I see it like a staircase. Take the desire to write a book for example. You’ve started it (a success) but then you realize you want to finish it. When you finish your book that’s another success. However, you now want to publish it so you go do that (success). Then you decide that you want your book to reach hundreds of people after you publish it and you work on getting the word out. It just keeps going from there. You keep building your staircase higher and higher.
What Does it Take?
To be successful, you simply have to decide that you want it. Feel that feeling down to it’s core. Allow it to drive you to action. If you want to write, then decide that you do, feel that desire, and choose your action whenever you get the opportunity. Watch TV or write? Take a nap or write? Work on mindless activites or write? Whatever you decide to do within each of those choices determines how successful you will be.
Choose wisely, my friend.