Julian & Amanda
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It’s been a busy few weeks for Julian and I. Finally, after a lot of tapping on the computer – and even more procrastinating on my part – we have both published our books. Actually, Julian released Damaged Goods a few weeks ago and has already had his first royalty cheque!
It’s a funny thing to accomplish a goal, particularly one you have held for so long (and if I’m honest so vaguely!) I think it’s been more of a belief for me that one day I would write a book, rather than a goal. It certainly hasn’t been a well formed NLP type goal anyway!
I was very excited yesterday to see that my first book The Self Help Bible – Volume 1 – About Self Esteem and How to be Confident (volume 1 – that pretty much obliges me to write some more now doesn’t it!) had gone live on Kindle, that started the day well.
Then, Julian sent me a picture of the paperback in his hand, the proof copy of which arrived while I was out, and my excitement increased. So, by the time I got a copy in my hands last night, I was well and truly ‘hyper’ as Julian says! It was a real buzz!
I have built it a website, introduced it to Twitter and Facebook, announced it to Google and everything else I could think of, so now my little book has to make it’s own way in the world, and much like a proud parent, I have to just wait and see if I’ve done a good enough job for it to survive in the real world.
I’m pretty good at seeing the good bits in life, so, I can say truthfully that today is my best sales day to date. It’s day one perhaps, but I have sold a couple, so I remain hopeful! I have the next 4 volumes part written and all planned, volume 1 has gone off to be reviewed and a couple of people have asked for a signed copy – how cool is that!
The books are very simple, like me – to the point, yep, also like me, and fun – I hope that’s like me too! It is my hope, that they will bring hope to others by showing how easy it can be to change your life, with a little guidance and some will.
As it says at the top of our blog, we firmly believe that with the right System and Mindset, if you are willing to put in some Activity (consistent Action) then success will be yours!
Watch this space!
In the online world, we hear a lot about how focussing on things, having clear goals and taking action, will allow us to achieve whatever we want.
Listening to motivational speakers and discussing these things is all very well and I can talk for England, when the mood takes me, but I wanted to see if I really could walk the talk and prove to myself that it all works in real life.
Seven weeks ago, I sat down and decided to write my second book. I knew that I could do it, as writing is one thing I have always been good at, it was just the unquantified amount of work and precise direction of my efforts that I couldn’t quite see.
I sat and planned for a week, deciding what form my writing would take and in which direction it would go and then I started to write, believing that with focus and the clear, precise goal of the end product, my unconscious mind would steer me to the finish. It did.
I worked non stop, until 1 or 2 in the morning sometimes, waking up in the night to scribble thoughts on a pad by torchlight and after six weeks, 62,163 words and 491 pages, it was done.
The book has now been approved for publishing and I am only waiting to read the proof copy, before it goes on sale.
Bearing in mind that my first book, written 5 years ago, took me more than six months to complete, this to me, is real physical proof that we can indeed achieve anything, if we put our minds to it, have belief in ourselves and take constructive, deliberate action.
The book ‘Damaged Goods’ is an auto biographical story, about adoption, music, people and choices and will be available soon, as a paperback, kindle and ebook, both from Amazon and all other booksellers.
If you’re interested in having a look, you can get the latest news and see all the pictures that go with it, including some of the famous people from the world of Rock Music that I have met, you can have a look at http://facebook.com/damagedgoodsbook
I have just spent an amazing weekend at ‘The Next Step’, a personal development seminar run by Joseph McClendon III in London. It’s the second time I’ve been and uses many of the principles I’ve learned during my studies of neuro sciences over the past few years, so I wasn’t sure if I’d get that much out of it this time.
One thing I do believe, is that you will only ever get out what you put in, so I went along with an open mind, ready to learn and as Joseph says ‘Play Full Out’.
In one weekend I have moved more, remembered more and learned more than in the last year. I smashed a wooden board with my bear hands on Saturday, which you can see below and have set myself the most amazing targets to achieve this year. AND most importantly of all I have the mindset and the system I need to get them and I am ready to put in the activity I need to. With these three things in place I cannot fail but to find SUCCESS!
The weekend has given me loads of inspiration for the Personal Development Programme Julian and I are creating at the moment which we will tell you more about soon…..
Do you believe you can achieve what you want with the right mindset?