Have you ever seen those t-shirts that use a bold font to list four ubiquitous names that are instantly recognizable when they are listed together? Like John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Or Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. Or Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Well, I was thinking about those shirts the other day.
I was on a group coaching call, and one of my clients asked to be coached on the feeling of frustration she was experiencing as she worked on her manuscript. Ok, I was you, just for a moment, to step into her situation. I am going to give a little summary of our conversation, here. Have you ever felt something similar to this? Let’s call her Anne.
Anne had been working on her project, making great progress, feeling confident. She had collected piles and piles of notes over the years because she was already teaching and working one on one with people who needed her expertise and services. But there were only so many people she could reach by sharing in small settings like that. She had come to me because she knew it was time to write a book so she could reach more people and impact a wider audience. Through the guidance in my course, she had created an overall outline and chapter structure. But now she was doubting herself and wasn’t actually writing on the book anymore.
“It sounds like you have a wonderful foundation,” I said. “Why aren’t you well on your way with the actual writing?”
“Because I don’t like my writing,” she said.
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