I finished writing my first book today.
For a person who had a real hard time concentrating for most of his life, the magnitude of this occasion for me personally cannot be understated.
I didn’t have to get here today.
Nobody encouraged me to write a book.
Nobody encouraged me to write anything, really.
Nobody discouraged me either, and few knew I was even thinking about it, let alone took the steps.
I did it because I wanted to.
The only permission I needed to accomplish something was my own.
I felt that I had things to say and I wanted to say them.
I think they can help people and they don’t help as many other people if the revelations I receive stay locked up in my head.
So I decided to get after it.
I don’t make a full-time income writing, currently.
I believe someday that will change.
But even if it doesn’t, I’m happy doing what I’m doing.
About three years ago, I bought the domain name for this website.
I had no idea what I would write about, but I knew that every day of my life was a step on the road to become greater.
That is what was always on my mind in some form, so I chose Pursuit of Great to be the name of this site.
That would encompass everything and give me the freedom to pursue that road wherever it led.
I could write about what I want, whenever I want.
I did not know it would lead to me writing a book.
But I’m glad it did.
I guess that’s the point.
Action creates opportunities and leads to results.
You don’t need to wait for permission to start working toward your dreams, doing the things you love, building the life that you want.
When I started this website, I didn’t know if it would be about financial freedom, natural health, or who knows what.
For a long time I thought I would make an income selling superfood supplements.
Maybe I still will.
Little did I know how much I would be drawn into mindset work – both in my own life and in my writing.
But I was.
So I kept plugging away. I kept building. I kept taking steps.
I wrote articles when the inspiration struck (such as this one) and I used my journalism background to write articles about scientific studies around natural health when I had no inspiration. Things that anybody can apply to their lives no matter who they are or where they come from.
Eventually I began to acquire a knowledge base and the experience to write a book on mindset, on rewiring our minds to serve us, our best interests, and give us the most positive and best life we can.
That wasn’t anywhere on my radar three years ago.
In fact, my plan when I started the website was to write short, bite-sized articles. Not because I thought they were the best form, but because I didn’t trust that I could write longer ones.
It was a way out.
But each day I took a step.
I kept moving forward. Writing this and writing that. Learning about writing. Learning about life. Learning about marketing, communications, you name it. Transforming my journalism background into a hodge podge of skills that allow me to communicate concepts and ideas that can help anybody transform their lives.
And eventually, after taking so many steps, the idea for a book came to me.
“Oh my goodness. I could write a book.”
For the person with the short attention span who had issues concentrating in school, this was no small realization.
I started thinking about the concepts that worked for me in rewiring my own mind to live my best life, or at least keep me on the road to it, and the outline for the book came to me.
And I wrote it.
Bit by bit, I wrote it.
Today I finished it.
Once I design the cover and do all the detail work to make it available, I’ll publish it on Amazon.
Then I’ll be a published author.
All because I took steps.
Better late than never.
No more procrastination.
No more fear of judgement.
Finally positive action.
Believing in myself and the future. That I can be who I want and accomplish what I want.
And that those accomplishments and that growth doesn’t have to stop.
It can lead you to places you didn’t know you could go.
And dreams even greater than the ones you started with could come true.
All you have to do is start taking steps and see how the road opens up before you.
Have some faith, put love in your heart, for yourself and everyone else, work on yourself and start producing.
Keep an open mind, enjoy your production, know that you have made it, and see what happens.
You may even surprise yourself.
If you like this article, you will love my gratitude journal!
I wrote the introduction to help guide you and provide you with motivation to start your mindset shift and contribute to your growth, then watch your growth compound over time and your life change for the better.
Having something – anything – to serve as a motivational reminder to be grateful can help a great deal. Whether it’s a gratitude journal or something else.
I like a gratitude journal.
Stay consistent and watch your life change positively.
You have the power to decide what you believe and who you will be.
So believe in the best and believe in you!