(Originally published at degreesofmaternity.wordpress.com on March 9, 2021)
As I embark upon my new book writing journey, I thought it justifiably fitting to discuss how important mindset is when you're starting a new venture that you want to see successfully come to fruition. As of this day, I don't personally know of anyone who starts out on a goal-achievement journey to fail. Do you? If so, I'd love for you to share with me and the reading audience what that person's rationale was for approaching the start line in the first place.
Anyway, one thing I'm totally convinced of is that the mind has to be prepared to be "in" anything you do in order to achieve it on a high level. It's that "in it to win it" mentality that can take you through those bouts of discouragement (from inside and out), challenges (you have control over and don't), and set-backs and turnarounds from those tangible and intangible resources and know-how you lack.
Inevitably, you know that challenging times can surface with uncharted territory. So, what are you going to do about it?
Well, I've opted to get my mind right. Where the mind goes, the heart follows and vice versa. The mind and heart are oftentimes interchangeable in many areas of life. And, book-writing goal-setting is no exception. Therefore, I'm determined to start out with the right mindset this go-around.
I've been here before -- at the start of a new book adventure. But, I now have some experience under my belt and I don't have to guess at how my creative and business-mindedness should be functioning during the self-publishing process or imagine all the possible emotional rollercoasters I could possibly face while trekking along Authorship Road once again. I'm pretty much aware of them all and have already experienced those that I'll more than likely revisit each time I go into a new writing venture. And for those feelings, emotions, attitudes, heartstring tugs, and mindset shifts I haven't personally encountered just yet, I'm sure I'll be more prepared for them now than when I self-published my first book.
My short writing career has run the gamut of possible experiences one could imagine, including self-discovery and self-doubt, support and discouragement, active perseverance and inactive procrastination, lack of expertise and gain of knowledge, start to finish and finish to start over, successes and failures, and the list of opposite forces goes on and on. Nevertheless . . . I'm still here and ready for the next writing adventure to present itself.
And since I'm currently on this new book writing journey about incentives, I might as well make the experience as positive as it can possibly be. So, here's where a healthy mindset becomes crucial to a successful start on the journey before me. The mind is powerful and I intend to use it for good in my writing and in my life, in general. To help condition it, however, I've decided to continuously apply some wisdom from my mindset back on September 24, 2019, when I published my original post, entitled "Self-Publishing Lesson #2: A Writer's Mindset".
On this date of my writing career, I was just getting ready to publish my first book, Playground Instruction for the Growing Adult. And this particular post highlights some of the lessons I learned back then that I'm, most definitely, applying to my writing process today. It's amazing how time flies. But it's even more amazing that, no matter how much time has elapsed, the same mental strength that got me through my writing struggles back in the day can take me through my content creation battles today.
Check out my original post (below) from a year and a half ago:
There's a lot that goes into the process of self-publishing a book. Believe me; I know. I'm all the way in it and close to the point on the timeline when I hit the "Publish" button to release my book into the world. I've also learned what goes into a true self-publisher's mindset; and I've identified the fact that I have much work to do on this front. But, I'm hoping to continue my writing and self-publishing journey for the long-term and plan on working to perfect the creative mindset with each new passing book I'm blessed to write. Here's what I've learned a self-published writer's mentality must consist of: