Dare to Follow Your Inner Guide

Have you ever just known in your heart that you should do something?

Or avoid something?

Usually you think you know what to do, but self-doubt and other well intended people give their “honest opinion” that rains on your parade.

Such was the case with my book entitled Wiggle: Super Powers You Never Knew You Had.  You see, the title and cover for the book go against most “expert” opinions about what you should name a self-help book or what kind of cover it should have. I had a LOT of opinion coming at me from several directions. The doubters did not like the name because “It sounds like a children’s book.” Then to make matters worse, I used a cartoon looking cover with a dog on it! “And what’s up with those Super Powers?”

The book was written to hopefully help people. I did not have the intention of making a bunch of money or even trying to find a publisher. But being a competitive person, I got caught up in trying to do the best I could with the project and hoping it would be a success to my standards. So I read books about self-publishing and dove into the never-ending supply of “free seminars, books, videos” designed by people who sell “how to write a bestseller.”

I wrote the book. Then when the time came, I agonized over the name and the cover for quite some time and almost buckled under the pressure of “the experts”.

But what made the decision so hard, was without WIGGLE and the concept of wiggling, the book really was just any other self-help book. If I changed the title and used a more conventional name it might sell better but  it was not me. I knew in my heart that it was wrong to go against the original name.

My advice to people is to follow your heart, to listen to your inner voice. So, I stopped listening to the experts and their followers and did what I knew was right for me.

When it launched the kindle book immediately took the #1 spot in several categories as a New Release. It then went to the TOP 100 in New Releases.  As suggested by the experts, I did some free promotions and the downloads were over 3000 topping the charts in the free categories as well. After the promotions the book was able to achieve #1 Bestseller status in one category and top spots in several other very competitive categories.

Now it has tapered off and may bottom out. I am happy and have enjoyed hearing from people who have found my book to be helpful. No matter what happens from here out, it was true to my inner guidance.

I encourage you to listen to your heart and follow what you know is right for you. It may not be the popular choice. It has a potential to go all kinds of wrong. But then again, it has the potential to be wildly successful and better than you ever dreamed.

Dare to Follow Your Inner Guide!

 

Reinvent Yourself

What if you were the Mayor of a dying town…

What would you do to save the town…all the people depend on you…the livelihood of thousands depend on YOU.

I recently took a long driving trip from Texas to Michigan. Along the way we passed by a little town with an interesting story, Casey, IL.  As is the case of many small towns in our country, years ago, Casey, IL was a dying town. The travelers on  I-70 were passing by and Casey was going unnoticed.

Thanks to the creative genius of Jim Bolin and his family, Casey, IL now proudly boasts several BIG Achievements. That is, Casey holds several Guinness Book World’s Records. The first record was the World’s Largest Wind Chime, located at 109 East Main St. The chime was installed in 2011 and was just the beginning. They now have the Worlds Largest Rocking Chair, Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook, Mailbox, Golf Tee, and Pitchfork. The town also has many large attractions that are not “certified” as the World’s Largest, but fun to see nevertheless: I saw a large bird cage, pencil, yard stick, cactus, minion, ruler, and teeter totter (soon to be certified). Each item must be functional in order to be considered for the Guinness Book of World Records.  Below is a picture I took of the knitting needles and crochet hook, along with the items made during the Guinness certification.

Needles and Hook
Worlds largest knitting needles and crochet hook, located at The Farmer’s Wife, Casey, IL

Besides being Super Sized, this story is a fantastic example of Reinventing something.  It started with one idea… the Windchimes (see below). Little by little,  excitement grew and the town became known for something.  The inhabitants started to feel really good about living in Casey, IL. Tour buses now come to see all of these works of wonder and money flows. The little town is prosperous.

windchimes
World’s Largest Windchimes at Casey, IL

What can we learn from Casey, IL?

Obviously, not everyone can go build a World Record sized object. However, each one of us has talents and abilities that go untapped. You can reinvent yourself. Just like at Casey, you might have to start slowly and make changes gradually. It took several years to build the Windchimes.  We are all a work in progress. If you do not like who you are today, think about what you can do to make some changes.

What would you like to be?

Think about what special talents you have that could be put to use.

How might you start using those talents to help others?

How can you express something you have always wanted to say?

 

Your reinvention may not be large in size. Your change might be something other people might not notice at first. The key is to decide what you want to do and begin taking the actions you need in order to make change happen in your life.

So, right NOW – write down what you would like to change or begin in your life.  Write down on that same page, any ideas you have about the subject. Can you think of a way to actually take the first step toward doing this thing? If not, don’t panic…keep the paper near you and when an idea comes to mind, write it down.

If you can think of something to do…write down how, what, who, all the details you can think of to make this idea happen. Then, wait a day before doing it.

I know, that sounds kind of crazy…I am trying to get you to take action, but I am saying wait?  Yes. Wait. Let the idea ferment in your mind. Sleep on it. Get more specific about what you want to do. Do not jump off a cliff because you came up with a great idea.

After you have thought it over and made your plans more specific. TAKE ACTION. Small actions are usually a good idea, especially when going after a big dream. Why? Because you are making a big change and change does not usually just happen over night. It usually takes work, and time, and sustained effort.

As you progress with this idea, make adjustments as needed. It may take building several “World Record” projects before people start noticing your change. Keep the little town of Casey, IL in your thoughts as you make your changes and develop you plans.

Begin today, what you will be tomorrow.

 

 

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Dr. Carolynn Cobb is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Texas. She currently specializes in clinical assessment, technically driven interventions, and personal growth and development.

She is the author of the  bestselling book:

Wiggle: Super Powers You Never Knew You Had

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