4 Steps to Developing the Right Author Attitude

By William Ballard (Author of The 21 Qualities of a Successful Writer)

When it comes to being an author, unexpected circumstances are inevitable. Nevertheless, what is the most important thing to bear in mind when it comes to these types of situations? What counts the most is how you react to what happens to you, especially when it comes to being an author because you will always have unexpected problems that just seem to pop out of nowhere.

Here are four things you can do to make sure that your attitude is at its best, under all unforeseen circumstances.

#1 – Focus On the Present and Future

First, whatever challenges you may face as an author, always focus on the present and future rather than on the past. For example, you may or may not have experienced this as newbie (yet), but for those of you who have been doing this for some time now, I am sure you have experienced some difficult situations with marketing or ad agencies in the past. You know the ones that would promise you one thing but never seem to deliver. They would always ask for more money and to just give them time, but you could never see any fruit coming from those investments.

Now, of course, I am sure you know as well as I, that success isn’t going to happen overnight. Obviously, some patience is expected. However, for those situations where you know that the marketing or ad agency is not doing what they said they were going to do, in those situations, instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame (the past), focus on where you are currently in your marketing and where you want to be or what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on where you are at currently, then on the future.

#2 – Channel All Your Energy Towards the Solution

Second, once you accept the fact that when it comes to being an author, problems are inevitable, put all your energy towards the solution rather than towards the problem.

It was the Bible that told us to, “Be angry and sin not”. Does that mean that it is possible to be angry and still remain righteous (positive)? I believe that the emotion of anger and the energy that is built up from it can actually be used for positive gain just as much as it can be used for negative gain.

Instead of using your anger or frustration in a negative manner towards your obstacle or setback, start using your anger positively by thinking and talking about the ideal solution rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem. You see, solutions are naturally positive, whereas problems are naturally negative. It is a practical example of the Law of Opposites.

Here is the gold nugget of wisdom that I want you to get: The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions rather than problems, you’ll become a more positive and constructive writer and author.

#3 – Seek Out the Good and You Shall Find It

Third, assume that something good is hiding away within each difficulty or challenge just waiting for you to find it. You see, there is a Bible verse that says, “Seek and You Shall Find”.  And the interesting thing about that verse is that it has a double sided point. You see if you seek out negativity, I can guarantee you that you will find it. However, the same goes for seeking out positivity.

It was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, who once said, “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, He wraps it up in a problem.” The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive. But the wonderful thing is that if you look for the gift, you will always find it. Moreover, here is one more thing that I would like to add to the “Seek and You Shall Find” philosophy, “The More You Find, The More You Want to Look”.

#4 – Every Problem is One Step Closer to Success

Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment, it is exactly the right situation and stepping stone you need to continue on your journey to being a successful author. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow. It is an opportunity for empowerment.

Choose Today to Become the Most Positive Minded Author You Can Be

A Positive Mental Attitude is vitally important to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the present and future, focus on the solution, and look for the good. If you do what other successful authors do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful authors.

Action Exercises

Here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, become solution centered author with every difficulty you face. Make it a successful habit of yours to look for the answers to your questions, the solutions to your problems.

Second, seek for the valuable learning opportunity in every adversity. Make a list of every idea or insight you can gain from every setback or difficulty.

Third, think on paper (your a writer, so this should be fun). Take some time to write out every detail of the problem, and then take the most logical next step to solve it.

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About the Author

William Ballard
William Ballard, a freelance writer, blogger, and author, is chief executive of Freelance Writer and Author William Ballard (currently located in Grand Prairie, Texas). He blogs about freelance writing, blogging, and business at his Freelance Writing and Business Blog.

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