Every writer, regardless of if you’re a blogger, screenwriter, or an experienced author, is very likely to have overcome a case of writer’s block.
I’ll bet that since you’re reading this, you’re either facing this problem right now, have faced it at some time in the recent past, or know someone who’s experiencing a case of writer’s block right now.
Well, there’s good news for you (or your loved one). It’s not contagious nor a terminal illness. Okay, that’s a cheap jab to try to lift your spirits. But, I promise you that when you finish reading this all the way to the end, you’ll have exactly what you need to get you over your block (be sure to leave me a comment below to tell me how I’ve helped you or how I might be able to help you).
Writer’s Block Causes
Let’s start with looking at the causes before we go into the cures.
Putting your thoughts down on the page when you know that everyone will see your work can cause a bit of anxiety. You might feel like you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve.
I’m here to tell you that this is okay. As a writer, you’re supposed to put yourself out there for everyone to see. Otherwise, what sense does it make to write for a living? And, no… I’m not suggesting that you only write and never publish. You likely have a unique gift that would be selfish if you didn’t share it with the world. So, swallow your fear and allow yourself to not care what criticism other’s may have about your writing. It’s time to write and then go publish.
- Ideas may need time to come together
Have you ever had a seemingly great idea but then figured out later that it just needed a little more time in the oven? This is actually a big cause of writer’s block, second only to feelings of vulnerability and fear. The time to write may not be right now.
- The need for Perfection
Let me tell you right now… perfection is a myth that will only keep you from taking action towards your dreams and goals. If you’re always striving to get things perfect, then you’re also letting your fears creep in and likely not getting anything done.
Writer’s Block Cures
Yes, I’ve suffered from writer’s block on numerous occasions. So, you are NOT alone. The key is to not let it become your focus and realize it is only temporary. Here are some exercises that you can use to get over your case of writer’s block:
This is an exercise that can unlock ideas and get the creative juices flowing. It’s simply where you just stop focusing on the topic at hand and just write down anything that comes to mind without even thinking about where the writing is going to take you. Just write. Even if it is some random and strange idea that just pops into your mind, write it down. It doesn’t matter if that idea is describing a weird scene that comes to mind (kittens with rhino horns roaming in flower fields of molten lava?!?), write it down.
2. Reading motivational and inspirational material
What better way is there to get ideas than to read other people’s work? After all, you know you want to be supportive of your peers. Right? Well, it’s been said that there are very few original ideas (at least in the personal development world). However, there are new ways of explaining concepts that have been time-tested. But, that’s another story for a future blog post.
The point is that you can draw inspiration from many different sources. If someone was inspired to write something inspirational, then is it not a far stretch that you could be inspired by what they were inspired to write? Personally, I don’t think so.
I mean, even writing about ways to overcome writer’s block is still writing. Isn’t it?
The key here is to just write. Don’t wait until you feel inspired to do it. The one surefire way to overcome writer’s block is to just write.
Playing, be it a game with your kids (presuming you have kids. If you don’t, you can always “borrow” kids in your family.) or playing a musical instrument, can be a way to get your mind off of whatever block you may think you have. All too often, in the course of conversation with kids (because you know they can say some of the funniest things), ideas can form. Just being around creative people who have yet to form any filters on how the world should be has a habit of being the muse you’re looking for.
Yes, your doctor will be a happy person (especially if you’re the type who normally sits for hours at a time (I mean, how else are you going to write?)). Even just going out for a run can jog the creative juices again (bad pun, I know). While I’m no doctor, my guess is that when you get your heart rate up, you’ll increase blood flow to the brain (as well as other parts of the body) which will increase oxygenation.
Apart from getting yourself into a better body, you’ll also probably get an idea or two for whatever writing project you’re working on.
5. Write Anyway
Look, you’re a writer. You almost always write first and second drafts. Don’t you?
Why should this be any different? Even if you write something that you think nobody wants to read, at best it will be a bad first draft. And, we both know that those are very rarely noteworthy or publish ready. Don’t we?
If you grew up with parents that were anything like mine, you were likely to hear things like “do it right the first time.” Well, guess what? That is a surefire path to perfectionism, which almost always leads to nothing getting done because you’re always tweaking and perfecting. Yeah, it’s another name for procrastination.
You have to realize that writing isn’t like that. You will make mistakes. You’ll have 2nd or 3rd revisions. Just thank whatever God you worship (if you have one) that we don’t still live in the days of handwritten notes and that we have computers now. I know I’m grateful for the fact that when I mess up, I just go to that part of the sentence and make a correction with a few keystrokes.
It doesn’t matter if you’re telling a fictional story or if you’re putting together a documentary piece, writer’s block can be the bane of every writer’s existence. The key to overcoming is not to wait until inspiration strikes, but to just keep writing. Before you know it, you’ll be back on task and ideas will be flowing like water over Niagra Falls.
Mistakes Most Make When Launching a Business
There are a lot of people who want to make extra money from home who get into business for themselves; but when it comes to starting a business, they may not understand the importance of lauching a business. Think about it… when someone starts a new homebased business, be it involving skin care, weight management shakes, or even household items, what’s the first thing they typically do? Their sponsor, the person who introduced them into the business and is responsible for training them, usually tells them they should make a list of their friends and family and invite them over or get them on the phone.
While that can work, here’s where it typically goes all wrong for the new affiliate… they call them one by one and spill their “verbal vomit” about how they just got started in this company, how the compensation plan is going to get them their dream home, and/or what the product(s) will do for them. They give too much information and leave not enough mystery.
A Prime Example of Launching a Business
Multi-million dollar earner in the Network Marketing industry, Holton Buggs, didn’t just start his business; he launched it… from his own home. How? See the video below.
As Holton said, there’s a huge difference between opening the doors to a new business vs launching a business. When most are just getting started on a hope and a prayer, the ones who are destined for succss are actually making plans and mapping out each and every step they’re going to take in their business. They know what their 30, 60, and 90 day goals are and when they’re going to hit them by.
Where Most People Fail When Launching a Business
It’s not that most people plan to fail, they just fail to plan. Think about it… with every product that Apple comes out with, they don’t just put it on the store shelves and hope for the best. Steve Jobs announced it a couple of months ahead of time.
When Oprah announced her next step after taking her long running talk show off the air, she didn’t just flip the switch on her OWN network and pray the viewers would just show up. No!
Instead, both of these people had a plan that involved creating buzz around what they were intending to do. Then, in order to captialize on that buzz, the follow a launch plan.
The Massive Freedom Project Launch Plan
The Massive Freedom Project exists because there are a lot of people, especially in America, who’ve been duped!
Yes, that’s right. I said they’ve been duped!
They’ve been led into thinking they’re actually free. They go off to work to perform as a corporate slave doing tasks for far less than they’re actually worth. But, it’s not their fault.
Society has spoon fed us the lie that the only way to earn a legal income is to work for someone else. Even to this day the most popular lie is that a person should go to school and get good grades so they can get a safe and secure job.
The reality is that there is no job security any longer. Job security went out the window with the burst of the Dot Com Bubble in the mid 90’s. No longer is becoming a medical doctor the highest paying profession – especially when they’re saddled with the highest insurance premiums in all of the entrepreneurial world to cover malpractice.
Colleges aren’t always the answer either because graduates come out with a degree that they often can’t use because they can’t find a job in their chosen field of study. Plus, upon graduation, not only are they not able to find a job but now they’re saddled with mountains of debt that they find they can’t pay because they don’t have a job.
The Massive Freedom Project Solution
First, look at why people choose college in the first place… to get skills and knowledge to get a high paying job. With the internet, this is not necessary!
The Massive Freedom Project exsists to not only show people how they can get out of their current situation but also how they can develop the skills necessary to potentially make a 6-figure income from home.
Having trouble with sales? Use the 80/20 Rule!
Most of us who have been around the home business industry for a long time have likely heard of the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. However, for those of you who haven’t, and don’t apply this in your recruiting, your results (or lack of) are likely from not understanding this principle and how to use it in your marketing and recruiting.
This principle isn’t just applicable for sales, though. I heard it referenced recently in a church sermon. The different ways the 80/20 rule could be applied was given. I’m sure there’s a number of people who’ve heard things like:
- 20% of the congregation give about 80% of the money
- 20% of the prospects join where 80% will say no
- 20% of the people will produce 80% of the profit…
The examples go on endlessly from there.
How the 80/20 Rule Should be Used in Sales and Recruiting
First off, the whole sales process becomes much easier when you have your desired target market focused down to where you know how they think (see example here). Essentially, you want to provide 80% value in your content, in your presentation, in your marketing, and only 20% sales pitch. Now, I’m not saying here that you have to do a hard sell close or your audience won’t buy what you’re selling. It’s quite the opposite, in fact.
Quite often, a hard sell close, which we’ll get into in future articles (so you might want to keep coming back and bookmark this blog or subscribe to the RSS feed), will end up pushing people away… even if you do use the 80/20 rule. This might help you visualize this better:
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The 80/20 Rule in Action
I’ll be real here… this whole article has been the 80/20 rule in action. I’ve given 80% value-based content so far and ending on a 20% call-to-action. If you don’t have this at the end of every single piece of content you create, be it a Facebook post, a YouTube video, or even a blog post such as this one, should have a call-to-action that is no more than 20% of the entire piece.
So, right now, as you’re reading this article, you may be thinking about how you’ll finally get to the success that you’ve always knew you could achieve. You’ve probably seen the value by now of having me as your friend and mentor and can’t ignore the sound in your wallet calling your name to pull out your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover right now and click here to buy.
When you make a true decision to become successful, there is no other possible outcome! The fastest way to get there is to find a mentor who has what you want and do what they did to get there. So, if you’re just sick and tired of not having the success that you want, then you might want to follow the steps above and click here to get started changing your business and your life’s results.
So my friends and valued visitors, know that I love every one of you and believe that you deserve a brighter future regardless of how well things are for you right now. I’m grateful for you reading my blog and humbly seek ways to serve you better.
Be and stay blessed, successful, and abundantly prosperous. I believe in you… to be Massively Free!
Money is a tool to create abundance, pure and simple.
How you look at money will decide if it will flow into your life or not. How you talk about money will determine the level of success you’ll have.
Reblogged From Money Is Really Evil?
In this post, I’d like to share with you a blog post from one of my mentors, Robert Kiyosaki.
The necessity of knowing what you believe about money is and what’s important in life.
Most people don’t take the time to sit down and understand what they really believe about money. For some, money is the root of all evil, to be avoided at all cost, not talked about, and demonized. People who make money are the enemy. It’s the rich against the poor.
For others, money is everything. They’ll sacrifice friends, family, and integrity to get it. It’s a dog-eat-dog world.
For others still, money is merely a tool.
For better or for worse, our understanding of money often shapes our life. And our understanding of money is often something that is passed down to us from a young age, received without a critical eye, and lived out in unseen ways. Because of this, money often rules us in ways we can’t understand, because we don’t truly understand money and the way in which it works.
Money is evil?
My poor dad had a strong belief that the love of money was evil and that excessive profit meant you were greedy.
As the head of the Hawaii school system, he felt embarrassed when newspapers published how much he made because he felt overcompensated in comparison to the teachers who worked for him. He was a good, honest, hardworking man who did his best to defend his point of view that money wasn’t important in life.
My highly-educated, yet poor, dad constantly said:
- “I’m not that interested in money.”
- “I’ll never be rich.”
- “I can’t afford it.”
- “Investing is risky.”
- “Money isn’t everything.”
Money is an important tool
My rich dad had a different point of view. He thought it’s foolish to spend your life working for money and to pretend that money wasn’t important. Rich dad believed that life was more important than money, but that money was important for supporting life.
He often said, “You only have so many hours in a day, and you can only work so hard. So, why work hard for money? Learn to have money and people work hard for you and you can be free to do the things that are important.”
To my rich dad, what was important was:
- Having lots of time to raise his kids
- Having money to donate to charities and projects he supported
- Bringing jobs and financial stability to the community
- Having time and money to take care of his health
- Being able to travel the world with his family
Those things take money,” said rich dad. “That’s why money is important to me. Money is important, but I don’t want to spend my life working for it.”
What’s important to you?
Most people find the same things to be important that my rich dad did. I know my poor dad did.
The problem for my poor dad, however, was that his attitude towards money kept him poor. And because he was poor, he didn’t have the ability to fully do the things that were important to him.
The truth is that money isn’t everything, but it does help us do everything we love.
So, what’s important to you? Are you freely able to do the things you love? Or are financial struggles holding you back?
And how do you view money? Is it evil or is it a tool to help you do what’s important?
How you answer that question changes everything.
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Can an Aston Martin One-77 – the 5th Most Expensive Car in the World – Inspire Someone to Greatness?
When you look at this car, take your current financial situation out of the equation for a moment.
Now THIS is a car!
This is the Aston Martin One-77. Valued at $1.4 million, it’s body is a single sheet of carbon fiber that you typically only find in race cars and is only one of 77 that will ever be made. The suspension isn’t fine-tuned until the car is delivered to its owner.
Would you have one in your garage?
Personally, I would consider two. Why? Because I have a millionaire mind.
I don’t look at where I am now. I look at where I will be in the future. I envision what I want instead of what my current circumstances are. I know where I’m going and where my life is headed instead of wallowing in self-doubt.
I see the possible instead of why it can’t be done. I punch fear in the face as I’m laughing at all those who said I wouldn’t amount to anything.
Instead of crying on my family’s shoulder, I get up and take charge of my circumstance, taking the negative things that come my way and re-framing them into a teachable moment.
I take action when others are sitting on the sofa watching Scandal. I look to make a positive impact on other people’s lives along the way instead of trying to keep them down like a crab in a bucket pulls another that’s trying to escape.
I’m a motivating force for change in a world that only sees working for someone else as the sole means of making a living; when all it takes is using a bit of creativity to leave a legacy.
These are among the core values I have instilled into those who’ve already become part of the movement started to give people more freedom.
I’m not just talking about freedom of speech or the freedom to vote. I’m talking about true and pure freedom. Freedom to do whatever you want (as long as it’s legal and ethical) with whoever you want for as long as you want as much as you want.
Pure freedom means not having to live paycheck to paycheck like so many around the world do right now. Pure freedom is not having to worry about if you’ll be able to go for a night out with your spouse because you don’t have the money to pay for a baby sitter.
Pure freedom is knowing that you can travel the world teaching your children things that matter, like cultural diversity and world history where it actually happened instead of learning about it in a book in a classroom.
This is why The Daily Shortcut exists, to allow more people to spend more time with their families through powerful education tools to work from home and leave…
Breakthrough on the Path to Financial Success
While I was on my team’s Sunday night “huddle” call, I had a Breakthrough on the Path to Financial Success. I’ve been studying the Law of Attraction lately and what my mentor, Nicole S. Cooper, said helped me realize that I was essentially commanding the Universe to keep my desired level of success just out of reach.
She said that if you’re not celebrating other people’s success then you’ll have a VERY DIFFICULT time achieving your own. In fact, it’s almost on the level of being jealous of the other person because they had the success that you’ve been waiting for. She even went so far as to put it in religious/spiritual terms according to her faith in that if Jesus Christ were in the neighborhood and He visited your next-door neighbor, the fact that you’re jealous about the fact that you didn’t get a personal visit from the Son of Man would give Him reason enough not to come in the first place.
Breakthrough on the Path to Financial Success – The Law of Attraction Principle
The reason for this is simple. You should be happy that Jesus even chose your neighborhood to visit in the first place. That alone should be celebrated. Plus, the Law of Attraction operates primarily on feelings and emotions.
For example, when you’re just starting out in a new business and things aren’t going as quickly as you hoped, check to see if you’re primary focus is on what you don’t have instead of what you want to happen.
The reason for this is simple: the Universe will look at where your focus is and give you more of it. When I realized this, I knew I had a Breakthrough on the Path to Financial Success.
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