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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
Last time I was talking about the day that I decided that I was going to write a book. It was an important day for sure and it could, and perhaps should, have lead to a book being out in fairly quick order, but it didn’t. There are lots of reasons for this, most of which I understand now and over time I will share them here – at the very least I want to be an example of what not to do as a fledgling author!
Writing the Book is not the Hardest Part
For me, the hardest part of the process of bringing a book successfully to market was not the writing of the book – although this has certainly been challenging. The hardest part for me as a first time author was deciding to become my own publisher, at least for this first book, and then committing to doing what I needed to do in order to make the book a success. I am still learning what it takes to build a successful author platform and I work on the marketing channel for my book every single day. This building of the marketing channel has been the hardest part.
Next time I will talk about why I decided to go the self-publishing route and the consequences of that choice.
Bye for now…Jack
Juice Fasting Update
This is the seventh day of my juice fast and I am feeling pretty good. I didn’t lose any measureable weight since yesterday, but my gout has relented a bit more and my energy is still acceptable. I worked out this morning for twenty minutes, Tae-Bo kick boxing, and I think that is decent for early on in this fast. I expect that my energy will continue to rise as my body converts ever more into fat-burning mode.
“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” ~Epictetus
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem
I talked last time about my big plans for this newly started year. One of these big plans is to finally get my first book out into the marketplace. I have needed a book for many years now, really since the first time I spoke professionally in front of an audience, and I am embarrassed that it has taken me so long to get to this. I shudder when I think about all of the extra money that I didn’t make because I didn’t have a book. I shudder even more when I think about all the lives that I didn’t touch – lives that I could have touched and improved.
Seven Years in the Making
I first became serious, well I guess only semi-serious given how much time has passed, about writing a book almost seven years ago. I remember the group and the room and the topic quite clearly. I had just finished a presentation, a presentation about Mastermind Groups, in front of approximately a hundred small business owners and twenty or so of them asked me if I had a book that they could buy. I could only respond negatively as of course I didn’t! (And still don’t – but that is changing!)
Something was Different This Time
I don’t know why it bothered me this time that I had no book – but it did. Speaking and referrals from existing and past clients had always kept me more than fully booked as an Executive Coach and Consultant and I had viewed having a book as unnecessary. Still, something was different this time and I went home pondering just what it might do for me if I did write a book.
To be continued…Jack
Juice Fasting / Feasting Update
This is day six of my juice fast and it has been going well. I am down ten pounds so far, my skin looks healthier than it has in a very long time and my energy is getting quite acceptable – indeed I have more energy than I did when eating “regular” food. Is my energy where I want it yet? No, but it is heading in the right direction. Is gout completely gone? No, but it also seems to be heading in the right direction and after all, I have just begun this juicing adventure. I intend to consume only juice for a total of 67 days and expect lots of very positive changes. More to come…
“Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present.” ~Robert Conklin
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” ~Edgar Cayce
I started my juice fast this morning. It took about an hour to clean the various vegetables and fruits, get them juiced, drink my first experiment, and finally get the juicer ready for tomorrow. I have made the choice to only juice once per day and make enough for 5 servings of 16 ounces each. If I juiced 5 times per day, as I had originally thought I might, all I would be doing is juicing and cleaning up the juicer. Although I have some spare time in my schedule, I don’t have this much extra time.
Here is what I put into my first batch of home extracted juice: Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumber, Celery, Red Pepper, Carrot, Lemon, Ginger, Granny Smith Apples
So how did it taste? Interesting and do-able. I can’t call it great because it wasn’t. I can’t call it terrible – I have drank worse concoction in college in attempt to achieve a cheap alcohol buzz. I think I will have to stay with interesting and do-able. As I experiment and try different mixtures, I will let you know how my opinions.
Bye for now…Jack
“For every promise, there is price to pay.” ~Jim Rohn
“In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.” ~Kathy Norris
Tomorrow morning I am starting a juice fast. For at least 60 days, or until I have gotten clear of gout symptoms, I will be drinking only freshly extracted juices and water. No coffee, no tea, no sodas – just fresh juices and water.
Why am I doing this? Because I’ve finally had it! I suffer from gout and when I say suffer – I mean it! Gout has been plaguing me for almost 10 years now and has become the defining characteristic and limitation of my life. (for those of you that don’t know – and you should be very happy that you don’t know!; Gout is a excruciating swelling of joints – typically toes or ankles. My last attack immobilized my left ankle and my right knee – until you can’t move them you may not realize just how much you use ankles and knees! I was left with a walking gait not unlike the recently reanimated dead so popular in horror films.)
I’ll talk much more in the upcoming entries about exactly what I am doing and why. For today, I wanted to get this commitment out to my readers and myself – I believe in the extraordinary power of public commitment.
Bye for now…Jack
“Living involves tearing up one rough draft after another.” ~Author Unknown