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                   --Lee Pound


Day 22 - When Yes Changes Everything

I’m going to the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association meeting tonight, which reminded me of this story (365 Stories in a Year blog) of how I published my first book. The key is that I heard about an opportunity and grabbed it the minute it appeared.

Too many of us sit around and think before acting. Time and time again, I have had opportunities that arose and required a quick decision. When I said yes to them it always made an incredible difference to my future.

This story was easy to write because I already knew it. All I had to do was record it.

The more I do this series of stories, the more it becomes clear that writing is about allowing the ideas to come forth, not about forcing them to arise or using weird tactics to get your creativity going.

It comes down to taking action, to putting your fingers on the keyboard or picking up the pen, and writing. I can’t emphasize how much all the other tactics in the world will fail if at some point you don’t perform this simple action. Most every other tactic is aimed at tricking you into acting.

So far I’ve written 22 straight stories on 22 straight days. Many of those days I could have said, “No, I won’t write today.” I didn’t because I have made a commitment to myself to write every day. That’s what I do.

Writers: the next time someone asks you what you do, don’t say, “I am a writer.” Say, “I write.” There is a huge difference. Anyone can call themselves a writer. Not everyone will act on that and write.

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