Focusing on 2019 (Part 2): Mind Body Soul Journal by Andrea Hayes
In Part 1 of this article, I discussed the steps you can take to start making your writing dreams become a reality:
Step 1: Letting go of comparisons – your first step to a new awareness of self.
Step 2: Unplug – it’s time to stop with social media.
Here now are three further steps you can take in 2109:
Step 3: Focus on your passion
Write about what you are passionate about! It might not get to 80+ thousands words but it might be the seed of an idea. Creating time and space to do more of what drives you is a good place to begin, but without an idea, what should you write? Ask yourself what you are passionate about.
You need to discover what that is for you, and it will be individual to each person. It could be a topic you’ve always been interested in and want to know more about, or a story idea that’s been niggling at you, characters that won’t leave you alone.
Do some research in an area that fascinates you – this is your research time – journal your ideas and insights.
Step 4: Challenge your idea of success
We live in a world where everyone is looking, aiming and wanting to be at that elusive finishing line of success. But what is success?
Life is not a race, you don’t have just one opportunity to carry out your vision or achieve your goal of writing a book. If you failed to carry out a goal in the past, that’s okay, start now. If you tried to write and stopped in the past maybe that wasn’t the story that you needed to tell.
Open a new page now and start again. There are many ways to get published or get your book to the right audience – don’t worry about that now – get writing first. You might consider writing a short story or article for a newspaper, maybe start a blog – the important thing is that you are writing. The more you flex that muscle the better you get and somewhere along the way you will find your own voice and a style that’s uniquely yours. Already, in my mind, that makes you a success.
Step 5: Connect with your Creativity
Creativity forms the bedrock of our imagination and it is a gift inside each and every one of us. We just need to open the portal and let our imagination connect to our inner secret world of wonder and awe.
Creativity is the power of the imagination to transform. We are all blessed with an amazing capacity for self-renewal. Start now with the intention that nothing is impossible. The real key to turning imagination into reality is acting as if the imagined scene were real and already accomplished.
See the book in your hands, imagine the cover, the title, imagine it on a shelf in your favourite bookshop – allow the vision to go all the way – see yourself at the Book Awards! Better still, write your winning speech.
When you are trying to come up with an idea for your book, or crack a plot twist sometimes you need to just do nothing.
Often to have that ‘breakthrough’ moment you just need to clear your mind, to doodle and daydream, and allow your mind to drift.
Neuroscientists have recently discovered that the secret to breakthroughs lies in our ability to switch between these two modes, the focused and the meandering. It’s said that Albert Einstein had a sudden epiphany of discovery regarding his special theory of relativity in one such breakthrough moment.
The creativity that we’re all looking for is already there, we all have the ability to think creatively and to express our lives creatively. We need to nurture and enhance our creativity, though, in order for it to grow and bloom
Give yourself permission to be creative in your writing without judgment. Don’t allow fear to zap your creative juices; replace perfectionism with fun and inventiveness, allow yourself to enter the gateway to your own creative genius.
On your new path, you may only have a glimmer of light at the start but watch out for signposts that tell you that you are on the right path with a new idea. Look for the signs and listen to those little whispers pointing you in the right direction.
- Are you pulled in a certain direction, do you have a knowing that this ‘story’ is yours to tell.
- Do you receive an incredible energy and a sense of meaning, from writing the story.
- Watch out for your EGO, this can be attached to fear. A part of you wants to run in the other direction but follow the ‘story’ you feel guided to tell, and don’t allow judgement or lack of confidence creep in
- What vision or story keeps showing up in your mind’s eye? Maybe you think you are only dreaming of writing a book, but you can make that happen.
Forge your own path, engage your passions, and follow the light to the story telling that you are drawn too.
(c) Andrea Hayes
Andrea Hayes is Irish Times and Sunday Times best selling author, and much loved TV presenter of Animal A&E and Dog Tales on Virgin Media 1.
Her new book is called Mind, Body Soul Journal is a timeless journal, beautifully illustrated with pages for monthly journaling that will help you find more meaning and fulfilment amidst the chaos of daily life.
Andrea has a passion for health and wellness and is a trained clinical hypnotherapist, Bethany grief minister and Spiritual Director. Her free meditations and hypnosis are available at www.andreahayes.ie
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