Last week a friend and my soon-to-be book coach, Angela Lauria, emailed her list of budding authors with advice on how to get unstuck in the writing process.
She said (simply) Write the Acknowledgements.
She was referring of course to writing those few pages at the end of the book where an author thanks all the people that contributed to making the book a reality.
Doing this creates three powerful benefits:
- It puts you in a vibration of having finished the book and that alone will move you forward.
- It reminds you that you are not alone, that there are many, many people cheering for your success and willing to help you
- It moves you from a space of experiencing lack (not having what you want) to gratitude (amazed at the abundance of your life.)
Which energy is more likely to move you out of a funk – lack or gratitude? Exactly! She’s brilliant!
I realized this is the same process I used when preparing for the Mom Gets A Business Conference. Any time I hit a roadblock or felt “this is too hard” I would go to a very specific moment in the future. It was the moment I would bring my kids on stage to thank them for their support.
Months before that moment happened I could feel it, touch it, taste it, smell it. Although it hadn’t happened, it was real to me. Whenever I felt down, overwhelmed or confused I would go to that happy place. I saw the look of pride on my son’s face. The look of shy wonder in my daughter’s eyes.
There were nights I didn’t put my children to bed and weekends I couldn’t participate in family events. Those were real sacrifices my children made to help a very big dream come true. As a result, when things got hard I was able to move forward because I was determined to create something worthy of those sacrifices.
I’m happy to say that when I did bring my children on stage (in real life – not in my imagination) that moment was even better than I could have imagined. I’ll share more about that moment in another post but for now let me just say that Gratitude and Focused Postive Thought are some pretty powerful forces!
Are you feeling stuck? Are you trying to make something happen and it just feels too big? Can you find that moment in the future when you thank the person or people that held your hand through the rough spots?
If you can I promise you it will un-stick you and you will be able to move forward once again.
Got a great gratitude story? Share it in the comments below!