There's Greater Power on the Flip Side

Thanks for letting me spend the week here with you at The Writer’s Life. Over the past four days, we’ve talked about …

  1. How to define what the writer’s life means to you—beyond the money and freedom
  2. Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work (and what to do instead)
  3. Which priority should come before everything else if you want a long-term, profitable writing career
  4. And, the unlikely person you should invite into your Circle of Support

Today we’ll cover the final—and most important, really—element of a thriving Goal Fulfillment System (GFS). It’s this:

Understand that you won’t be perfect, and you’re going to have to “put yourself out there” to progress in your writing career. But do it anyway.

It’s easy to hesitate before you venture into uncharted territory.

Here’s what I recommend …

In a conversation with Clayton Makepeace a few weeks ago, he said something that really got me thinking:

“Nothing tastes as good as feeling thin feels.”

It’s a strange statement, but makes sense—right? His point was that the inner satisfaction you get from achieving what you really want in life FAR outweighs any material desires, needs, or fears.

So the first step to breaking out as a superstar writer is to come up with a mind-boosting statement. Something like:

“No fear is as great as the satisfaction of finally winning.”

(I’m sure you can do better than that … please share your own statement here.)

But you get the picture, right? It’s okay to feel intimidated and unsure. But what’s great is that a lot of things are better than those feelings; therefore, they deserve more attention and energy.

Your next step is to just “go for it” and push past whatever task might be holding you back:

  • Like, setting up your LinkedIn profile and making your online debut as a writer
  • Or, reaching out to your first client … or a bigger client than you’ve ever tried for
  • Or, sending in a spec assignment to a company you’d love to work for

These things might seem scary, sure. But, like Clayton pointed out, the flip side to that negative emotion is one that’s greater in power and with more long-term payoff than anything else.

So, just do it—take action. Then savor the even greater gratification of living the writer’s life you were born for.

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Published: January 3, 2014

5 Responses to “There's Greater Power on the Flip Side”

  1. I used the statement "Nothing tastes as good as looking good feels" in The Accomplished Loser, my work on the psychological aspects of weight loss. Although I was really pleased with coming up with it by myself I now believe it has been around for decades.

    "His point was that the inner satisfaction you get from achieving what you really want in life FAR outweighs any material desires, needs, or fears." Maybe this is what Karl Marx meant when he said "the end justifies the means"

    Guest (david hands)January 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  2. The only reality worse than failure is never trying in the first place.

    Guest (Brent Roberts)January 5, 2014 at 12:49 am

  3. Hi Mindy, My comment is in the form of a question:
    "what would you do if you weren't afraid?" Nancy

    Nancy TossellJanuary 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  4. "Inside every problem is an opportunity so huge that it dwarfs the problem."

    I learned this one from Joe Sugarman, and it has been inspirational for me when issues come up.

    ErinJanuary 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm


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