What I’ve had to believe to write my book

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Walt Disney

You get to choose.

Just like we are what we eat, we are what we think and believe. Our mindset shapes our ability to achieve. It’s with this knowledge in mind that I knew to start and finish writing my book, I’d had to work on a few beliefs.

In this blog entry I’ll share four beliefs I’ve cultivated and/or actively worked on (and continue to work on) while writing my book.

I continue to say them when I feel doubt creep in or I occasionally write them out. Having these mantras helped speed up the process of writing my book.

1: It is possible for me to write a book.

I used to think that I didn’t have that much to say and everything’s already been said, so why bother? And because of these thoughts, the prospect of writing 50 000 words would completely overwhelm me.

In order to embody the belief that I could write a book, I knew I needed help and accountability. Hiring an editor who pushed me to outline the entire book in more detail than I thought possible helped me to believe that yes, it was indeed possible for me to write a book.

Which brings us to the next two beliefs I had to work on:

2: Whoever needs to hear my message will find this book helpful.

3: What needs to be heard is what I’ll be guided to write.

I also knew that I didn’t want this project to turn into something I resented doing. Like most business owners, I, too, tend to grind and push to get things done. Experience has taught me that when I do this, I suck the joy right out of a project, AND I end up burning out.

So the next belief I worked on is:

4: It’s possible to have fun while writing this book.

Writing from my back yard has made things more fun!

I continue to uncover limiting beliefs and experience fear as I move through this process. And when they show up, I also remind myself that it’s normal to have anxiety and limiting beliefs. And then I remind myself of the author, Elizabeth Gilbert’s quote from her book Big Magic:

“There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way. I recognize and respect that you are part of this family, and so I will never exclude you from our activities, but still—your suggestions will never be followed. You’re allowed to have a seat, and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote.”

And I get right back to writing and taking action despite the presence of fear and doubt.

X Hanneke


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