These past couple of weeks have been a mixed bag as far as engagement and productivity goes. There are days when you can practically grab the world by the balls, and then there are times when you merely feel like doing it, but that’s as far as you go.
When those feelings begin to overtake me, I normally try to do whatever I can to shake them off. At least that’s what I thought, anyway. The fact of the matter is that we often trick ourselves into thinking that we are doing everything we can to become and/or remain productive. But deep down we know it’s all just an illusion to make ourselves feel better.
Your Comfort Zone is your Enemy
I came to this realization the moment I started reading a great book called The Power of Motivation, by Michael Bolduc. This amazing motivational speaker essentially teaches you how to balance pleasure with pain in ways most people don’t normally comprehend or realize. One of the things that stuck with me is to acknowledge all the circumstances associated with staying inside your comfort zone.
Think about this: While staying safe and cozy, a number of things are naturally bound to happen depending on your specific goals. You will not be financially successful, you will not lose that weight, and your marriage will not improve on its own. We never get anywhere and all of our nightmares eventually come true.
So if you think about it, our so-called “comfort zone” is not really a comfort zone after all, is it? If this is our definition of being comfortable, then we are essentially masochists.
I’m still reading the book, but it has already given me a better reminder (or wake up call) about the things we all need to do to live a satisfactory lifestyle. Always think about the circumstances (the pain) associated with staying in your comfort zone. In turn, this pain will become your best friend and your highest motivator to reach an unlimited amount of pleasure (your goals.)
Anyway, here are my average book sales for the month of September:
My Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 1,451
B&N Net Units Sold: 293
Total Income (Approximate) $755
Tying Up Loose Ends
Last month I disclosed several things I had been working on throughout the summer. The problem is that some of these projects had been indefinitely on hold. This included the creation of a book series which has been taking place for ages. I had almost reached the end of the second book – and then my brain inexplicably died. I’m pretty sure that part of the reason is due to a fear of failure. As you may know, Amazon had recently made some drastic changes and heavily filtered many romance/erotic books, making them tougher for users to find. While my books continue to deliver a somewhat consistent income, this little update is nevertheless troublesome.
In reality, however, what we need to do is to adapt to changes, rather than giving in to them. Needless to say, this weekend I wrote an additional 1,800 words and I am now almost done with the whole thing. Again, motivation is the one factor that can help you single-handedly grab the world by the balls.
On the other hand, the one thing I have been performing actively and productively are my list-building efforts and connecting with new writers and bloggers. So far it’s all turned out to be very fun and I expect such efforts to pay off nicely over time.
What struggles have you been facing as of late, if any? What are you doing to overcome them? Stay in touch and don’t forget to contact me if you have any questions or need any help with your online ventures.