What would you be doing if no one was stopping you?
Go tell the world.
I love this question as it allows us to open our minds and brainstorm about what we truly want in our future. The next step is to create opportunities and make things happen.
I believe 2014 is the year to create new opportunities for ourselves.
- What does this mean?
To me this means asking for what you’d like to have happen, rather than wishing for it to happen.
In other words, it means being gutsy and not waiting for that perfect moment when you think you’ll be smarter, more experienced or more confident.
- That moment is now
As Ann marie Houghtailing says in her book, How I Created a Dollar Out of Thin Air,
“You might as well be waiting for Santa or the muse to show up. I prefer to create instead of wait.”
Yes it does take guts to ask people for help, or for what you want, but as long as you’re asking from “a place of worthiness and decency,” and not arrogance, this is how you’ll create your opportunities.
“Those who create opportunities insist that obstacles are opportunities disguised.” —Ann marie Houghtailing
Success depends on your attitude. If you feel that you’re not capable of doing something, then you’re probably right. Do you think an athlete motivates herself to win a race by stating, “There’s no way I can run fast enough to win this race?”
This does not mean you will not face challenges, setbacks and problems like everyone else. Your attitude will make you see things in a different way. Look at obstacles as part of life. Look at solving them and know that there is always a solution. Sometimes you just need to ask.
Here are some examples of obstacles I’ve faced, and how I’ve overcome them.
- I was unsure of my brand as “Gutsy Writer” and knew I wanted to expand it to “Gutsy Living.” I asked my social media/blogger friend, Marcie Taylor, to have lunch with me. She helped me with the concept of starting the “My Gutsy Story®” series on my blog.
- I needed help when I started my own indie publishing company, so instead of hiring someone, I decided to start my own FaceBook group, “Gutsy Indie Publishers.” The goal was to help one another with our indie publishing questions, and today we have 436 members who are eager to ask and answer questions.
- I decided it would be cool to organize my own book signing at Costco, I asked to speak to the manager and he “yes,” and helped me get an event set up.
- After several years of listening to a radio show called Writers on Writing, I asked the host, Barbara De Marco Barrett, to have a show with indie authors. She agreed to invite 3 indie authors, including me, on January 2nd, 2013.
Sometimes we reach a point when we have so many ideas swirling around that we feel uncertain as to which direction to proceed. We question which is the right choice; we are advised to make specific goals plan for the New Year, we fear taking the wrong path, so we procrastinate. I know this is where I am right now.
THANK YOU TO ALL MY READERS AND DON’T LET ANYONE STOP YOU IN 2014.
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