I am one of a few who are giving a retreat next weekend. Last year I started by making a commitment to the 25 guys who where attending the retreat. I told them that next year I would hand them a copy of my book.
At the time I did not know what the book would be about. I am not a writer. This makes it even more of a shock that I announced that I would write and publish a book in a year. But what I teach is mental discipline. Make a decision to do something and getting it done. This took mental discipline.
As I was showing my vision board and what had come to pass in the last year, the thought came to me, what better way to show them how to take something you do not know how to do, pick a completion date and go about accomplishing the goal.
My best tool in the whole process was the completion date. This did not allow me alot of time to have a debate over if I could do it or not. I knew it would be done and that was that. I was faced with what to write about. I ponder this a little but not much. Time flew by. It is the end of August, I had not started to do anything yet. Not even a topic to write about. Labor Day weekend was coming up. I would have a few days off. I knew if I did not take this time to write it would really be hard to accomplish my goal. I was looking at the time I had left. There is no time to do much research. This means I need to pick something that I know about and have a personal story to go with it. No research if I lived the book.
My life has been eventful. So I was not lacking for topics. I choose the last big event in my life, because this would be the freshest in my mind. I had just lost 48 pounds over the course of a year and kept it off for the past 6 months. The length of the book would be between 32 pages and 90. I picked 12 for the number of chapters. I knew who I was going to ask to edit my book.
Labor Day weekend I started to write. It was a struggle. One of the things that made it hard was my inexperience with how a book is set up. I was typing my book in word. Not in the format of a book. As I was writing my thoughts went to I will be lucky to get 32 pages. When I put the 35 pages I wrote and edited into the publishers format the book was around 70 pages. As I continued to edit, ideas came to me and I added material and brought the page count up to 80. It is Christmas week.
I needed to typeset the words so it looked good. I did the best I could. There are mistakes in formatting. By my next book I should have them resolved.
I needed a front and back cover designed. This was a little scary. I went to fiverr.com for my graphic artist. He did a great job on the front cover. Now what do I put on the back cover? My biography made the most sense, since I could not think of anything else. I seen a friend of mine Bob Calhoun and asked him to write my biography. He was a little shocked. Told me that he did not know me well enough to write a biography. I asured him he knew enough about me to accomplish the task.
A couple of days later he sent me what he wrote. He nailed it first time. A little editing and the biography on the back cover is what he wrote.
I then got the graphic artist to design the back cover. I already had a relationship with him so that went fast. Uploaded the cover and the text to the publisher. The learning curve was not to bad. I got it to where I liked it. I order a couple of proof copys.
The proof copy showed me some more mistakes. These mistakes I would not have seen on a computer screen, but in a hard copy, they were easy to see. Upload the corrections to the publisher. The only thing left to do was to push the pubish button. Pushed the publish button Febuary 8, 2013.
When you give yourself a deadline and do not entertain doubts you can accomplish anything you want. Never give up!