Hi folks, This is the last in my series about the keys to writing success. I'm skipping the obvious keys like a good attitude, overflowing confidence, tenacious spirit, hard working, self-educating, a big time reader, loner ability, a happy reviser, works well with criticism, and a team builder.
My last key to writing success is something I call "jump up." Ask yourself have you set the bar where you want it or have you placed the bar where you think you can reach. I hope that you consider placing the bar high and begin jumping up to that bar. Expecting more yourself is important. If you have a little dialogue of "what if:"or if "only playing" in the background of your success stories, try some course changing. Why not jump up to what if or if only? Why not try the improbable?
This is a little thought exercise I like to play. Once a person stood at the edge of the sea. This was before anyone had ever thought to cross to this sea in a boat. I imagine that the feeling of seeing beyond that faroff horizon. I imagine how scary it is to go out there. I imagine how hard it is to get anyone to listen to that desire to go to the sea's horizon. I imagine that many might say that is just not the way to go. They say: We don't see anything interesting or exciting over that horizon. Why persue such a dull prospect and waste of time?"No one has their eye on that horizon. Then I imagine building the boat and sailing away. I know regardless of the outcome I have made the right choice.
Keep after your unique horizon. Don't stop. Let the improbable stretch you. Don't be afraid to go it alone. Go outside of the place of comfort. Try some great expectations. Jump up.
Hope this helps. Next week I'm going to begin a new series called "Writer Myths."
Now it is time for this week's doodle:
Here is a quote to tuck in your pocket this week.
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou