Don’t Hope for Change—Pursue It

Today we are going to talk a bit about the importance of change in our writing lives. But first, I want you to take a moment and do an exercise with me. Think about where you would like your life to be in 10 years.

  • What type of home do you want to live in?
  • Where is that home?
  • What is your daily routine, or your lack of routine?
  • What does your career or home life look like?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you go on vacation?
  • If you have children, what are they doing in this future life?
  • What are you most looking forward to doing ten years from now?

Now close your eyes and really imagine it. See it in your mind. Embrace it in your heart.

What would it take to get there? What changes would you need to make?

I would love to spend a few months a year writing beside the ocean.

Resisting Change

Change is difficult, for some it’s almost impossible. There are so many unknowns and potential outcomes that at times each of us will become uncomfortable with the process. In fact, most people give up on it as a result, even if the end goal of that change is a positive one!

Why do so many people give up instead of pushing for positive change in their lives? They don’t want to spend that time being uncomfortable. They’d rather live with mediocrity or less-than-desirable circumstances. A mindset that resists change is not one that leads to success.

Why Change Matters

Why am I talking about change on a writing blog? Because change is part of any career path. If you are an author, you will face changes in process, method, environment, and maybe even what you choose to write. Change, if it paralyzes you, can mean the end of your career.

The same is true if you are writing for your business or brand. Maybe even more so! Change, and reacting to changes in the market, will mean the difference between success and failure in what you do.

Even though change might be difficult for you to process, you still need to pursue it relentlessly. Approach it knowing that the process won’t be easy, but it needs to be done and the end result will be worthwhile!

Pursuing Change

Change is the difference between staying with the status quo and growth. Without change, you will not be able to make the switch from mediocrity to success in your writing life. So which do you want? Are you going to spin your wheels and stay stuck in the same place for years to come, or are you going to gain the traction you need to live your dream in 10 years?

So how can you embrace and pursue change?

  1. Make the decision to move forward in your life. Add it to your calendar, your to-do list, and incorporate it into your goals. Participate in training that will move you forward, find a coach (life, writing, business, whatever works best for you) and let them hold you accountable to forward movement.
  2. Step away from the nay-sayers. There will always be people who don’t want you to change or to move away from them and disturb their happy status quo. You have to make a decision to not be swayed by their negativity.
  3. Ditch the toxic. Toxic family members, employers, or clients who don’t want what’s best for you will always be there, and they are an obstacle you need to overcome. Stand firm in your dedication to change and you’ll be able to remove them from actively participating in your life.

Here’s a truth you can write on your heart: You can’t let people talk you out of what you want to do. Only you know what’s best for you. As an example, if you have friends or family members who regularly sow seeds of doubt instead of encouraging you, you might consider stepping back from those relationships. Remind yourself that no matter what anyone else tells you, the goals you want to achieve are possible!

I want to be part of your success story! Tell me about the change you’re pursuing right now. What can we do to encourage you? If you are looking for a collaborative writing coach who will partner with you as you seek change and a stronger relationship with your audience, contact me today to see if we would be a good fit! I’m currently accepting a limited number of new clients.