There’s no great secret to finishing your writing
Successful writers will tell you one thing: you just have to do it.
Find your writing habit, commit to it, and write every day. And if not everyday, then at least in some kind of regular routine.
But when you’re not a full-time writer — when you have a business, a family, a job, a life, etc, etc, it’s very easy to find a reason not to write that day.
You’ll get around to it when…
- when you find the right environment (fair enough, but why not create the right environment?)
- when you feel inspired (I’m sorry but this is the worst excuse ever!!)
- when you have the time (another terrible reason — we find time for lots of things a lot less productive than a half hour of writing!).
But when it comes down to actually finishing, doing the work to get the book done — there is one simple tactic that will help you through all of those blocks and more.
And that’s the power of writing accountability.
Be accountable for what you are doing and you’re much more likely to be successful. And chances are you know this but you’re not doing it routinely.
Here’s how to do it better…
I have a four stage model I use when I’m teaching people how to set up their accountability structures and it goes something like this:
- Personal accountability. You commit to yourself. We all do this — I’m going to write a book. I’m going to run the marathon.
- Social accountability. You commit to someone else. This is very common and something most of us know and do at some level. We post on facebook, we tell a friend. Even just a small social commitment will increase your chances of success — almost doubling them according to the research. If you do nothing else, do yourself a favour and tell a friend.
- Transactional accountability. Something that involves payment. Again — this is fairly common — we run a marathon for charity — we put up a ‘just giving’ page and ask our friends to sponsor us. We may or may not be taking the money ourselves, but there is some kind of transaction. With a book, you might be pre-selling it, or running a crowd-funding campaign. There is nothing like a few expectant customers to get you committed to finishing!
- Investing in your accountability. And then there is investing in yourself. Investing in that personal trainer to give you the right training schedule, the right eating plan, that expert who knows what it takes and will do everything possible to get you there. Your chances of success just went up massively.
If you want to finish your book — or anything else that you are doing, then don’t try to do it alone. Not only will you have more fun doing it with someone else, you’ve also just massively increased your chances of completing.
If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with a group. (African proverb)
And when you take it to the next level, and you invest in your accountability through expert mentoring and community, that’s when you can really raise your game to that of the top 1%.
Do yourself a favour, and involve someone else in your success. Start today, even if it’s just posting your commitment on facebook.
Thanks for reading — we’d love to know what kind of accountability you use. Let us know over on social media…