What have you done today to reach your goals? Look yourself in the mirror and ask, “Are you happy with what you’ve accomplished today?”

If the answer is no, push yourself to that higher level and get it done. What is your higher purpose for writing? The part of you that digs down deep and motivates you every day.

Every industry leader has failed at one time or another, but they learned from their failures and tried different things until they worked.

When you get knocked down, you push your way back up, fight through the pain, and grind away at it. The only person stopping you from achieving your goals is you. It’s not your parents, friends, or teachers. You can blame them all you want but it’s not going to get you any closer to your goals until you do something about it.

You have to tear down and break all the limitations, beliefs, fears, and excuses that you have subconsciously put on yourself or that someone else unknowingly put on you.

Have you raised any writers up on pedestals? Do you think they are out of reach because you are not as good a writer? Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Just write the best book you can and keep learning your craft.

Do you have fear of rejection, failure, or success? Think of rejection like a slap in the face. Just turn the other cheek and keep on walking. Yes, it’s going to hurt at first but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

The fear of failure – Get rid of this mindset immediately because you become whatever you think you are. Replace it with “I am going to be a success”.

The fear of success – As far as I’m concerned this is the trickiest of the bunch because you know you’re going to a success but you fear the outcome.

You fear more responsibility, writing more books, being on a deadline, whatever it may be. If you truly want to be a writer, you can’t be afraid of what may come. Fear is an illusion that we make up in our imagination. It’s something that may never come to pass.

The worst thing you can do is to make your fear stronger than your goals, dreams, and desires. Focus on the task and roll with the ebb and flow of life. Surround yourself with people of like minds who are going to support you in your endeavor.

If you are able, cut lose any haters or negative people in your life who try to pull or tear you down. In your writing life write down the most important things you have to get done. One of them should be writing. Stuff like showering, eating, and the essentials you can’t do without, so don’t ignore them.

Leave the rest to do until nighttime if you can. Or vice-versa if you’re a nighttime writer. I use several circles as my kind of writing strategy. The inner circle (Writing the best book I can, write every book like I am writing my first so not to lose the enthusiasm and keep my revisions to a high standard, write stories that I love, write for myself, don’t write to trends). First outer circle (Marketing through website and social media), second outer circle (Readers will find, buy, and follow my books, money will follow)

If you’re lying on your back all dingy and dirty, are you just going to lay there? No, you dig deep to that second heart you have pumping in your chest, clench your teeth, squint your eyes, and push yourself off the ground with your fists. Wipe the sweat off your face and get back in the fight.

Why? Because, you’re a winner and winners never quit.

** Contributed by SSRA Member, Michael Ditchfield

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