Monday, August 14, 2017

To Promote Books, Focus On What You Can Do, Not On What You Can’t

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

Those words were stated by the legendary college basketball coach, John Wooden.  He could have been talking directly to you.

How often do you complain, whine, criticize, or lament that something isn’t going your way, that you fall short in an area, or that others disappoint you?  It’s only natural to participate in such behavior or negative thinking, but it’s useless.  Actually, it’s detrimental to your success as an author.

You mustn’t list all of your weaknesses or victimizations, or denote what you lost, don’t have, or can’t get.  No, you have to think about what you do have, what’s obtainable, what’s a strength.  Build on what you have and who you are, not on what isn’t or can never be.

Call upon your confidence, character, passion, energy, vision, creativity, connections, and sense of purpose to drive you to success.  If you merely bitch about this person or stew over some missed opportunity or merely dream of what you want without having a plan to actually realize it you waste your time.

This all comes down to your attitude and how you approach things.  Your core personality may be a result of your genes, environment, upbringing and circumstances, but if you can take control of it, you should.  You must!

It’s hard to convince a pessimist to be an optimist, but one needs to correct their vision if they are to see straight. Overlook your deficiencies and ignore what failures you’ve experienced.  Dig in and go for what you want and utilize the people and things that you have going for you.

Perhaps it starts with a belief, one where you are convinced you have a goal, a purpose, and a unique ability to succeed.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Project a mindset of confidence, be open to opportunities, and be willing to take a chance.  Remaining stuck in denial, anger, or excuses will get you nowhere.

Maybe you need a few words of inspiration to get you going.  Try these:

“Some people have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reasons why they can.”
--Willis R. Whitney

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”
--Napoleon Hill

“If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
--Mary Engelbreit

“You’ll see it when you believe it.”
--Wayne Dyer

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”
--Margaret Shepard

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
--Dolly Parton

“I’d rather regret things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
--Lucille Ball

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”
--Leonard Cohen

“Make your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
--Nelson Mandela

“It is our choices that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
--J.K. Rowling

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”
--Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
--Albert Einstein

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby 

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