SUCCESS WITHOUT PROCESS (Part I)
SUCCESS WITHOUT PROCESS based on SOAR by Bishop TD Jakes
“Success without process ultimately decreases your ability to maintain success,” says Bishop TD Jakes.
Looking back several years, I can trace back to instances where there was an appearance of starting and stopping. As I reflect on where I am today, my accomplishments, and gauging my progress; I recognize seasons where I started and stopped - and that activity was rooted in a fear. But what was I afraid of? I struggled with a fear of success. Yep, you read correctly, I was afraid to SOAR. When I looked deeper, I uncovered it something more. It wasn't necessarily fear of being successful, but I feared being able to maintain success. Sound familiar?
As you can tell this speaks to me both personally and professionally, but for the sake of this post we’ll focus on how it relates to writing and publishing, in particular the importance of being processed.
SUCCESS WITHOUT PROCESS – AND YOUR WRITING CAREER
When it comes to success with your book project(s), be willing to go through the process. Your process is your own. It may not look quite like anyone else’s process. Your willingness to grow, learn and develop your skill set along lines that compliment writing and publishing will likely support your immediate and long-term goals.
I believe that translates to authors is being able to walk through the process.
Define what success is for you. It’s not the same or everyone.
Accept that there is a process. This awareness takes the pressure out of being an instant success. Look at wildly successful authors like JK Rowling who didn’t experience instant success and fame. Do yourself a favor and adopt an If not immediately, eventually mindset. That is, even if it doesn’t happen now, it will happen eventually. I’m a firm believer that we don’t have to chase down what belongs to us. If you indeed believe a successful writing career is for you, focus on your developing great content and a high-quality product that align with such goals.
A willingness to go through your process means that you’re not in a hurry and you’re not trying to force things to happen. It means you value the idea of improving your content, perfecting your craft and positioning yourself for greater opportunities. It shows you desire to produce something of excellence.
On the contrary, angst is a sign that you’re afraid you won’t have time or maybe you won’t succeed. But, this isn’t true unless you accept it.
Been afraid of your own success or ability to maintain success?