I came across the quote below which reminded me why I am writing a book on How to Find Your Purpose and Live Your Passion.
Life is simple. Are you happy? Yes? Keep going. No? Change something.
For so many years I knew that the work I did didn’t bring me the joy and happiness I was looking for.
Instead, I searched for happiness in material items and I looked for job fulfilment at various job boards.
I waited to be picked for promotions, waited to be told I was good enough. Waited to be told that actually, I could enjoy my job.
But the problem is we think we need to get this permission from others. We are always waiting to be picked.
But do you need to keep waiting to be picked?
Its only when I realised that I could pick myself that things started to change for me. I picked myself to write my book instead of continuing to wait. Hoping someone would notice I wanted to write a book and offer me a book deal.
So I made a decision. I choose to pick ME.
I choose to believe that I could do work I was passionate about. I refused to accept that my life had to be split into two parts; the dreaded day job, and the life I lived after my day job was over (tired, exhausted and unfulfilled).
I chose to believe that I could live 100% of my life the way I wanted. I wanted to spend more of my time on activities that bought me joy and happiness into my life.
That process took me a while to figure out. And along the way I came across many dead-ends and felt so lost.
When I finally discovered what I wanted to do with my life, I decided to document the process I used and put it into book format. This is the book I wish I could have read to help me find my purpose and passion.
And what is so remarkable is that my purpose was in the process! The process of becoming a writer has become my purpose.
How many times do we take on other people’s opinions, assumptions and expectations? Why do we live to the beat of the other person’s drum?
We are all wonderfully unique in our own ways. Dance to the crazy beat of your own drum. Form your own first hand opinions. Live up to your own expectations. And if you fail, make sure you fail against your own expectations and not those set by others.
Its only when I jumped out of the rat race and started to listen to my own voice that I begun to find clarity with what I wanted to do with my life.
And with clarity comes courage.
The courage to stop conforming and instead, shining your own bright light out into the world.
I am deep in the trenches of writing and publishing my first self published book. I have completed the (very, very) first draft version. I am now self-editing the book. After this process, I will engage with a professional editor to view the manuscript.
I have given myself 100 days (counting from 4th July 2016) to complete this task with the intention of launching on 12th October 2016.
I’m stating this publicly on my blog as I’m hoping my awesome readers will hold me accountable. It’s also a way to publicly shame me if I fail to reach this goal!
To make sure I have set a goal that I can reach I made sure it was clear with a deadline. I also made sure the timeline was doable.
How to Set Clear Writing Goals
Here is my goal de-constructed:
- Clear outcome: I want to write and self-publish a non-fiction book
- Clear deadline: 12th Oct 2016
- How will I do this: I commit to writing 1000 words per day
- Investment required:
- I commit to producing a quality product by using professional editors and cover designers.
- I will make sure I do not burn out during this process and make sure I eat, exercise and rest well.
- Why am I writing this book (motivation)?
- Writing a book is a life long dream.
- I want to create a career as an Author Entrepreneur and make an income from my writing.
- Writing brings me joy. I want to spend my life doing work that brings me joy.
When creating a goal, the most important thing you need to add is your ‘Why’. Because it is this reason that will keep you going through the tough bits.
I remind myself of my ‘why’ when I struggle to write. It helps to keep me focused on the bigger picture.
What are your goals? Are they specific with a clear deadline? Why is this goal so important for you?Why do you do what you do? Please share in the comments below.