If you can’t see, then how do you know where you’re going? How do you know when you arrive?
Without vision, you’re lost.
Although this sounds like banter from a motivational speaker, please bear with me.
Whether I like it or not, I’m the captain responsible for sailing my books out into the marketplace. This is frustrating because my passion is writing fiction and storytelling, not being a sales guy. Yet if I don’t take this on, no one will. I’ve also come to the conclusion that since no one has the same drive/passion for my books as I do, that I’m the man for the job. So I’ve rolled up my sleeves and grabbed the helm.
But to me, marketing is a blinding sea storm of chaos. So many voices shouting, “Do this!” or “Gotta head this way!” and the perilous, “You’ll never make it unless you__”
Instead of feeling like I’m on target, I feel like I am the target!
So I’m going to stop “doing” and “go below deck” to determine what I want and why. Based upon Michael Hyatt’s blog, this is paramount to setting my compass. My subsequent answer to “why” will illuminate my “how to.”
This feels unnatural and even a bit frightening (“If I stop, won’t we sink?” or “Resting constitutes laziness!”) But if I don’t, then I’ll be doing something even worse: sailing blindly into who knows what.
Do you need a vision stop?
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I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: "Nay, the really sane man know that he has a touch of the madman." I'm married, the father of four wonderful children, and a proud grandfather. I currently live near Nashville, TN where I write, bike and am always on the prowl for adventure and stories.