Happy New Year!
In the past few weeks you might have seen folks on social media posting about their word or theme for the year. You can also see people writing about their resolutions and goals. Do you have a word or goal for the year? Here’s something I’m focusing on:
I got an early start and started writing a parenting book in December. As of today I’ve written 24 days straight and I will write every day until I’m done. The plan is to publish it later this year, likely in the Fall.
As I was writing this morning, I was musing about the why and how and what of writing. I’m writing to help parents, dads and mom, overcome insecurity and fear. I’m writing about how what I’ve learned training, competing and coaching Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help with relationships and life. And I was struck by the question of writing enough, not just “Will it be good enough?” but “Will I say enough? Will it be long enough?”
Not only do I want to encourage parents, as presumptuous as it may sound, I want to write to change peoples’ lives. I don’t want to shy away from that. If I’m not writing something that could potentially change someone’s life than why bother. I want my words to have that type of impact.
This week I started listening to Tim Grahl’s Book Launch podcast and in episode two he emphasizes that you have to believe in the book you are writing will help others. As I’m writing, I know it will because it is helping me and what I’m writing has helped my counseling and coaching clients and patients for many years.
While writing I was listening to some worship music oo YouTube from the Passion Conference 2017 being held this week. I realized that in songs, the number of words isn’t what makes them powerful. Complex and artful prose may be impressive but simplicity can be significant and even more helpful. I listened to 4-6 word phrases that shifted my heart and mind and I thought of other songs in my life that have changed my trajectory or kept me on track and it made me realize the number of words and pages my book isn’t the most important target to shoot for.
There is power in simple words and small beginnings.
I’ll go with you.
I have a dream.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
I’m proud of you.
It’s not the critic that counts…
You don’t have to be perfect.
You can do it.
I need help.
You are not your past.
I forgive you.
I’m not there, yet.
God, grant me the serenity…
I can’t…but I can…
Let’s start over.
I miss you.
I love you.
Small shifts in our thinking, in our communication, in our habits can undo patterns that have been in place for decades. Living a different way, achieving a different outcome often doesn’t just mean changing our outward behavior – the most powerful changes often involved changing what we believe and how we see ourselves. And if we are trying to make an impact in others’ lives, just the right words, at the right time – even if it’s just a handful – can make the difference. I hope in the stories and metaphor, illustrations and teaching, of my book many of those simple phrases above will sink into my readers in new and deeper ways. And I hope in the meantime I will write blogs here that will encourage and support you this year.
Are you beginning something this year? Are you starting over?
What’s something simple but powerfully true that you can tell or remind yourself of today?
What’s one small habit you could start that would make a big difference in your life?