Two magic words: consistency, and tenacity.
I talk about this quite often, but consistency is the only thing that makes a specific person that person. The difference between an author and someone who wishes they could be an author is consistency: an author writes every day, the other person doesn’t. It stands to reason that if that other person started writing every day, they too would become an author. Consistency creates who and what you are.
There is a chapter in my book (interested in reading it? I’ll put a link at the bottom for you) entitled, “Do what you want to do, and you’ll become what you want to become.” The principle is simple…if you write, you are a writer. If you don’t write and say you wish that you could, you are not a writer.
I think one thing that holds a lot of people back from doing what they love and what they want to do is outside recognition. If you have consistency and continue to write every single day, but no one other than you considers you an author, the road to the goal gets bumpy. This is where tenacity comes in.
You have to be willing to believe in yourself and your abilities. I always say, “if no one else believes in me, I will believe enough for everyone.” The recognition will come. Just keep pushing, regardless of what happens. Never give up, because that is failure.
I think another thing that hinders people is the fear of not being good enough. But no one sits down to write for their first time and writes the next great American novel. It just doesn’t happen. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly until you get better at it. One of my favorite quotes, from Zig Ziglar: “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”
No one starts out successful. Everyone is an amateur at some point. So just do what you want to do…over and over and over again until you become what you want to become. Consistency and tenacity. Simple as that.
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