In January of 2007, I made a commitment to write a book. But it wasn’t an ordinary commitment. I wanted to write a New York Times bestseller. After all, if I was going to do something as unique as write a book, why not challenge myself to see if I could make a it a bestseller?
After I made the commitment, I got busy. Real busy.
I attended seminars on book publishing, connected with fellow speakers who were successful authors, researched agents, built relationships with marketing experts, and started outlining the content of my book. I hired a writing coach who helped me to “think outside my cockpit” with regards to my content. Then, I shared my goal with my family, friends, and my closest business associates.
I wrote most of my book at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Whenever I was there, I would religiously walk over to the business section and peruse the bestsellers. I would check out the covers, testimonials, and acknowledgments. And then I did something that really made a difference. I envisioned my book in section.
I would smile as I said to myself, “My book is going to be right here. I am going to be a NY Times bestseller!”
Then a wave of fear would hit me as I thought of the daunting task ahead and all that needed to be done. But instead of letting my fear hold me back, I would grab my favorite cup of coffee, re-focus my energy, and get down to the painstaking task of writing.
Page by page. Chapter by chapter. I finally got it done. It took me three years.
Within three months of the book’s release, I sat down in my office, grabbed a black sharpie and wrote the title of my book on a piece of paper.Underneath it (in big bold letters) I wrote these words: “NY Times bestseller!” I taped it to my bathroom mirror so I could look at it several times a day.
And on Dec 8, 2009, my dream came true. I became a NY Times bestseller! It’s 2010. We’re starting a brand new decade. What extraordinary goals are you trying to achieve this coming year? What do you want to accomplish that will stretch you beyond your limits and test your determination, work ethic, and passion? The new year means new challenges.Are you ready to tackle them head on and take your success to the next level?
Here are seven powerful wingtips to help you reach your goals and start planning your flight plan for success:
Commit to making several professional and personal goals. But don’t over commit. It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the pursuit of success. Be tough but patient (and understanding) with yourself. Finally, be prepared for setbacks along the way. Remember, hidden in the soil of failure are the seeds to success.
Thank you for being my wingmen this year and for supporting me in my goal of becoming a New York Times bestseller! Without your encouragement, none of it could have happened.
Wishing you health, peace, and success in the new year and beyond.
NEVER FLY SOLO,