Happy Monday, Story Artists!
For me, this week is about two things: persistence & optimization.
I get up and wonder if I am doing the right thing. Will this really amount to anything? Will I eventually make a change? I do wonder this concerning my blog, my books, my fitness routine and diet, my relationships even.
Impatient as we are, we want to see instant, world-shattering results. But this is not how real change works. If we want to build something that lasts, it can take years. Not weeks, not months. Years. So you better learn to enjoy the process and trust in it.
Persist this week. Don’t give up on your routines, don’t get discouraged because the results are not as you have imagined them – yet. Instead, love the process that changes you and create a life you love to LIVE.
On the other hand, optimize the process. There is nothing wrong in changing it over time to suit your needs. Try to find out what you love doing and what you’re good at, how you can make your products better and make your routines more effective.
For example, I decided to start my “Monday Inspiration”, where I’ll write a very short inspirational post every Monday morning and send it out into the world, hoping that it will inspire others to start their week and create.
In addition, here are your weekly inspirational resources that will rock your week:
- 10 steps to perfecting your writing style on Helping Writers Become Authors – my very first guestpost on a blog I have been following for years, from an author who inspired me to write in so many ways!
- A great live seminar from Darren Rowse on how to become a more consistent content creator – inspired me in many ways!
- The Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast explores topics like Writing Quickly, Sci-Fi Anthologies, and Networking with Other Authors – especially loved the part about anthologies and really hyped to find one I can submit to.
- On the ProBlogger Podcast, Dan talks about how Ordinary Things Can Lead to Extraordinary Results – ” Good things come when you persist. Success usually only ever comes when people persist.” Such a powerful quote to this week’s prompt.
- Ted Dekker’s extraordinary novel “Adam” for thriller fans. Really outstanding, but also pretty rough, especially in the very ending. I do love Ted Dekker, though, and I you haven’t read his books yet, I recommend to start with the “Circle” books.
- For all the fit & creative ladies: Whitney Simmons posted two amazing leg workouts you should definitely try (Glute & Hamstrings, Booty & Leg). Be sure to change your workouts every now and again so that you challenge your muscles in a new way, and never get bored.
- “If you can’t be the best, change the category”, a very thought provoking article by Jeff Goins
Let me know your thoughts, inspirations & goals for the coming week in the comments section. Looking forward to it!
Live your story.