Ever set out to do something then find you’ve worked your way into a corner? That’s where I am right now.
I put out a goal/resolution earlier this year to publish seven books by year’s end. Today is the last day of February and I haven’t published one. What happened?
I’ve got a manuscript together for at least two of the books if not more. Why don’t I click the Publish button and get them up to Amazon?
I could do that, but I would be publishing a sub-par product. While I’m convinced that my writing is good, I need an objective eye to look at things. And there’s some finishing work that needs to take place to take my work from good to great.
For me, I’m down to the hard work. Or, let’s say that I’m down to the work that involves others. I need to get a book cover, have someone do some editing, and put together a launch team to make sure I get some traction with a quick start out of the gate.
So, you may ask, if your work is done and you need the assistance of others, why haven’t you reached out?
All of this still takes time. Excuses get in the way. I have a new day job and it’s pretty challenging. Because of that, I come home and I don’t do much with my writing in the evenings because I’m drained.
We’re also doing a lot of work to our house because we’re planning to move soon. That takes up my time on the weekends, so that when I look up on Sunday night it’s 9:30 and I haven’t written a lick or reached out to anyone.
I’m also an SC on the DISC profile. The virtue associated with that style is Careful. That means I’m highly analytical and slow to make a decision. If I just picked someone and got it into their hands, I’d start getting somewhere.
Yeah, excuses. We all have them. We can always justify the reasons we didn’t do something because other things simply seem more important.
But let’s take a closer look at where I’m spending the rest of my time and see what’s going on.
I watch several television shows per week – American Idol, Survivor, Amazing Race, Modern Family, and others. We also like movies as well, so we’ll watch a couple of those per week. All of those hours add up to precious time that could have been spent on my work.
I simply haven’t put in the time outside of someone else’s work to ship my work. It’s no secret – I have 168 hours each week to spend and I can’t bank any or borrow any.
More than anything else, I have gotten caught up in ready-fire-aim. I failed to lay out my plans for my books as a project. It was easy when the tasks were sequential – just write, write, write till I have the content that I want. Now, however, I’m faced with several things that need to be done next, and they all take an investment of time.
At this point, the best thing I can do for my book is to stop, lay out those plans, then execute them. Otherwise, I remain a classic case of Luke 14:28-30, shown below from the English Standard Version.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
I’ve joined Kimanzi Constable’s launch team for Are You Living or Existing and it’s gotten me inspired to get out of my trap – to get unstuck, so to speak. Go check out the great work he’s doing over at talesofwork.com.
Question – What do you do to get unstuck?