Getting Started for Authors Tip: Giving Yourself Permission

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Author Tip Transcript

Guest Tipster, Lisa Corrado, Co-founder Getting Started for Author’s Program

Before any big thing you want to do, start with granting yourself permission. We hold ourselves back a lot by saying “who am I to do this?”, “who will care about this?”, “why should I do this work?”, “is it valid?”, “it doesn’t feel like work, so maybe I shouldn’t do it; it’s not valid.” People around you might be saying “Why are you doing that?”  The best thing to do at the beginning is to say, “I give myself permission to do this.” And, the fact that you want to is reason enough!  Once you feel that, you get ready to go.  Makes getting through the grueling process of writing a book more bearable.

Giving self-permission is often a big “aha” moment. We think work is supposed to be hard and if it’s not hard, it’s not valuable, it’s not worthwhile. Why isn’t it okay for us to do stuff that is fun more often? Maybe it goes back to a puritanical ethic?

It can be fun, easier (not that it would always be easy, effortless and magical) but if you are enjoying it that is AS important as it being valuable to somebody.  I feel it’s okay to say “I want to do this thing because It’s fun and something I’ve been wanting to do.” Maybe it’s a… can’t have dessert until you eat your dinner… mindset? Writing is a habit you have to cultivate. It’s a dream come true for many to actually finish a book. Give yourself permission to pursue a dream.

Often people around us have jealousy and feel “why do you get to do that when I have to work so hard on this?” It’s a “if I have to suffer, you have to suffer” mentality. It can be uncomfortable to be around people trying to challenge your right to change and live a dream.

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