Lots of Ideas & Little Traction?
It’s been just two weeks since the pre-launch of my book, Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom. The pre-launch party was a blast because it also allowed me to celebrate my 60th birthday with many friends and family.
Celebration is important, and I’m pretty sure during my workaholic days that I did not allow myself the opportunity to celebrate the completions of projects or even phases of my life.
My team and I refer to this milestone––writing, production, and prelaunch of my book––as reaching basecamp of Mt. Everest. Now we’re preparing for the next phase. We’re taking a breath, seeing what gear needs to be packed (metaphorically speaking), assessing how we can best condition our bodies for the next push––and having fun doing it.
The Summit is the launch––and we’re committed to making it just as successful as reaching basecamp.
Move to Action is principle #6 of my manifesto. And that’s what each of us did to create a memorable event of the pre-launch party at the New Children’s Museum. I have a goal of selling 10,000 books this year, and it’s going to take the effort and focus of each one of my team. I’ll be appearing on podcasts, my publicist is busy pitching interviews with print and radio media, and we’re writing and sending out emails to my ambassadors.
What’s most important to remember is this: I’ve never written a book before, I’ve never launched a book before, and I definitely had no idea exactly what I was getting into. I simply moved into action, even without knowing every step.
Like many great masters, such as Lao Tzu and Martin Luther King, Jr., have said, the journey always begins with the first step. And it’s important to have passion driving our direction. Passion certainly drives my actions.
While our goals and projects may take some work, each of us is engaging our talents and skills. Even if just one of us glided along, some piece of the puzzle would be missing. It takes a team, and we’ve learned to rally behind the unified goal and move into action, individually and collectively.
So think about:
- What excites you so much that you would pursue it even without compensation?
- What is stopping you from following your passion?
- What is the one next right move you can take toward your dream?
P.S. Remember, Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom is now available for pre-order at Amazon, and you can download an excerpt on my website here: http://bit.ly/jungleexcerpt
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