Like many authors or people who work in publishing, I get a constant stream of emails asking if I would consider helping them (or their friend/spouse/child/relative/coworker) get published. Because of my busy schedule, I wrote an earlier post that was meant to give people who write non-fiction books ideas on how to move forward (HERE), and I generally let people who contact me about fiction or children’s books know that I don’t have experience in those areas. Recently I came across author KenFollett‘s website, and on it he has a section called “Masterclass” which gives generously extensive advice on writing a novel. (Check out his website HERE). At the end of the Masterclass, he has some ideas about getting published which I thought were excellent — read those HERE. I’ve never met Mr. Follett, but have enjoyed many of his books over the years — and I was heartened to see a bestselling author take the time to give solid and practical advice for writers. Enjoy!
I’ve collected some of the quotes and idea that have had a profound impact on my life, and put them into this small book, called GREAT IDEAS FOR A GREAT LIFE. This is a collection of 101 quotes and ideas — a few from myself and many from those whom I consider mentors (such as Napoleon Hill, Raymond Charles Barker, Ernest Holmes, Florence Scovel Shinn, and many others). The ideas in this little book have inspired me, motivated me, and even challenged me to move beyond my boundaries and into my greater life. These ideas can inspire you to live your greatness as well. You can order the book from Amazon HERE.
One of the biggest struggles in our journey to success — something many of us can relate to — is the idea that in order for something to be done well, we have to do it by ourselves. The thinking goes something like this: we wish we could get quality help for our project or our business, but we know that we could do what needs to be done faster, better, and exactly how we envision it to be done, so we might as well do it ourselves. And then when we do, we wonder why we don’t have more help. It’s a self-feeding cycle, and one that prevents us from going to the next level.
We all need to feel inspired — in our inner life, and in our outer life. Inspiration can feed our soul, and can elevate our experience in our job, our relationships, our family, our health, even our creativity.
But sometimes inspiration can be hard to find. When that happens, it can feel like walking through a desert — dry, arid, uncomfortable. We want the inspiration, but it doesn’t seem to be anywhere we can see.
Where can we find inspiration? How can we get inspired again?
Being more productive creates a life that is more successful. Successful people are good producers.
People who take my success-training classes tell me that the number one reason that stops them from being more productive is procrastination. The decision to procrastinate (and it is a decision) allows you to avoid doing the thing(s) that in the short term you don’t want to do, but in the long term will make your life easier, happier, smoother, calmer, and more.
However, the uncomfortable truth is that when we procrastinate, we usually are creating more work and more strain for ourselves down the road.
So how do we learn to become more productive, and procrastinate less?
The answer is surprisingly simple – we need to do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t. How? We train ourselves to act in different ways. Simple, right? But not always easy! Even though these are simple ideas, they can have a profound impact in the effectiveness of each day.
START HERE: Below are four easy-to-begin ways that you can get an increase of productivity in your life starting today. Try one or more of these (after the jump):
Fall is in the air! And with the Fall comes new classes, and new opportunities to align our thinking and actions with our dreams and purpose. Continue reading for three classes designed to help you experience the “more” that Life has to offer…