How To Develop The Key Quality of Successful Writers: Persistence

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Hi Nick Brodd here. Giving up is easy. Anyone can do that. What often separates bestselling authors from the pack is persistence.

Take Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. They submitted their manuscript 140 times before they got published. But they’re glad they did. The Chicken Soup for the Soul series went on to sell some 80 million copies.

Unarguably, relaxing, doing nothing or staying in the comfort zone is the easy path of life. Persistence on the other hand is the path that leads to success. It is the inner force that makes all the difference. Here’s how you can learn to master it.

  1. Chunk Your Goals. Publishing a book is a big goal. Avoid getting overwhelmed by dividing it into manageable pieces.
  2. Stick to Your Deadlines. Writing deadlines fuel motivation. It’s you competing against time. As your ability to measure progress increase you also stay energized throughout the journey.
  3. Keep Your Focus. If you try to do too many things at once, the likelihood is that nothing gets finalized. Be careful about how many goals you take on.
  4. Express Your Ultimate Purpose. Why are you writing this book? Think big. Stay motivated by focusing on the end result of your persistence.
  5. Pace Yourself. Consistently fighting against tight deadlines will make you exhausted. It will destroy the joy the journey should bring. Find the right balance.
  6. Re-Define Yourself. Hard code into your brain that quitting is not part of who you are. When you feel the impulse to quit, tell yourself you’re the type of person that stays the course and gets things done.
  7. Develop Your Mastermind. Few things will keep you going like a mastermind group will. Because when you give up on something you’ve told your group about, it’s official that you failed.

To take your book to the next level, persistence is a critical attribute. So if you haven’t already, take control of that driving force of your own destiny. Shape the direction of your life by developing the habit of persistence.

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I am a productivity enthusiast, family man, author, executive and entrepreneur. However, the titles I’m most proud of are: 1. Husband 2. Co-creator of the world’s best twin boy and girl. :)
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