Did you ever have a big dream? A dream that was so big, it kind of intimidated you?
A dream that was audacious enough that it made you nervous?
That’s how I felt last fall.
I have wanted to write a book since 2009. As a matter of fact, Big Brand System was going to be a book, not a website.
But around the time I had the original idea to write a book, I found Copyblogger, discovered how to build an online business, and the Big Brand System book became the Big Brand System website, courses, products, coaching, and more.
The book idea was moved to a back shelf in my mind. But it never really went away.
The best big dreams have that effect on us, don’t they? They “haunt” us … in a good way.
Here’s what you can learn from my process of turning this big dream into a reality.
Break it down, build it up
I’ve realized that once you have an end goal in mind, success is all about the breakdown.
Our business goals are often so big and will take so long to bring to fruition, that we can feel overwhelmed just thinking about meeting them. But when you break down your goal into manageable chunks and focus on one chunk at a time, it becomes doable.
In order to get my book into print by this month, I knew it would need to be written by mid-May. After writing a book, it goes to an editor, gets revised, goes to a proofreader, gets revised, then gets formatted for ebooks (epub and mobi) and print.
Writing the book is only step one!
And my book includes illustrations (like this owl, by D.J. Billings) which had to be produced as well.
Weekly goals, monthly results
When you take your big, audacious goal and break it into manageable parts that can be tackled each week, you can get big results without feeling like you’re over stressed and overworked.
Here’s an example from real life:
My husband and I took our bikes out this past weekend to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. We enjoyed an 8-mile ride through parks and woods here in Nashville. And there were hills … quite a few hills.
As much as I love riding my bike, I hadn’t done much of it this past summer. So I was feeling a little rusty as I coasted up the first few feet of the hills we had to climb.
But I found a trick that helped.
To take my mind off the overwhelming feeling I got when I looked up the hill and saw how far away the top was, I began focusing on things that were on the ground just 10-15 feet in front of me.
And I told myself, “All I have to do is get to that leaf.” Or, “All I need to do is keep pedaling until I reach that twig.”
Once I made it to the leaf or twig, my eyes would scan ahead to find another leaf or twig to aim for, another 10-15 feet up ahead.
By doing this, I scaled all the hills we came across.
Pick a point just up ahead
When you have a big, audacious goal, break it down into small chunks that you can handle.
It’s the best way to avoid overwhelm and work your way— step-by-step or leaf-by-leaf — to where you want to be.
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It’s specifically written for people who don’t feel 100% sure about their writing abilities. That’s where I was just six short years ago!
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I hope you love the book I wrote for you! I enjoyed the process so much, I’m already working on Book Two. Stay tuned!