When he was writing East of Eden, John Steinbeck wrote an ongoing series of letters to his editor each day before he worked on the manuscript. In the beginning he suggested that there was only one book to a person. But that it is also true that a person may change and grow until they become another person, thus having another book to write.
Having written eleven books, and now working on my twelfth, I can confirm the theory. Risky Is the New Safe was the benchmark of where I was at the time. And without a two-year sabbatical of intense introspection, Mad Genius could never have come to fruition.
Somehow I believe the same in true for Jonny Lang’s new album, Maya Angelou’s next book of poetry, or the next production Travis Wall choreographs.
And isn’t this also true of you?
The entrepreneur planning the café she wants to launch, the Internet marketer creating his next marketing campaign, or the stay at home mom planning her newborn’s pre-kindergarten learning program...
Sometimes the reason you’re not able to pull the trigger on a new project or venture – is because you haven’t yet become the person who is capable of doing it. You need the next chapter in your journey of self-development and personal growth. And the delicate dance of your evolution marches on…
Thoughts? Please share below.
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Yes I think that's why professional artists and musicians often tire themselves out and end up producing substandard work- they have the pressure to produce new material on demand to keep the machine going. A wise artist waits until they are ready to give birth.
Watch the George Michael documentary for a great example of what you are stating.
Routinely, as I’m Considering (I typically use the ‘capital C’ since it’s so important to do) an idea I wish to share OR an action I want to make, the choice of specifics associated with the idea or action changes a lot during plan development. AND of course, those choices evolve during the implementation of the ‘final’ plan ...
So does what you’re saying about moving from one effort to another make sense? ABSOLUTELY!!! Unless of course we’re dealing with those ‘routine’ efforts (habits???) we all make. Even then, we should self-assess periodically for possible improvement, IMO.
Now wondering about the impact of multitasking on length of this transition period from beginning Consideration of a new idea or action to initiating efforts ...
With regard to any efforts (book writing or any other project or venture), I marvel at the capabilities some people have to ‘turn it around’ so quickly. E.g., John Grisham producing a book every year!
I believe each of us has the potential to optimize our ‘turn-around time’ in dealing with our passions ... But that’s my story irrelevant gor this (now rambling) comment.
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