If you have ever wondered why you should spread your message, this episode should help remind you of how important your message is and why you need to start now.
I have to disclose that this podcast at times will have a little bit of a somber tone to it as I share about someone who has inspired me and encouraged me by what she does, but at the same time is fighting with Cancer. However, this has not stopped her from living out her passions and living life to the fullest.
The Amazing Abigail Smith
I met Abigail Smith 3 years ago at a wedding where I was the Best Man and she was the photographer. Our meeting was very brief, but everyone that saw her work realized how talented she was. And through her countless photographs she has used her talents to bring joy, happiness, and encouragement to others.
This has been her message and it has been very powerful one.
Recently I found out that she had been fighting terminal cancer and found an interview clip of her sharing her journey through this process of battling cancer. It was incredibly moving and felt compelled to share it with you all as it reminded me of some important truths.
Points That Abigail Shares
- The world is bigger than just your Backyard
- Support for pursuing your passions
- Why is this happening to me? Dealing with major setbacks.
- The importance of Hope
- The hardest part was more than just fighting the cancer it was battling myself.
- Trusting in a Higher Calling
- Do not take your message for granted. Fear will always tell you that you may not be able to help someone else, but in all reality your message of encouragement (whatever you are passionate about) could be just what someone is looking for, wants and/or needs. Don’t doubt yourself.
- Do not wait to spread your message. We never know how long we have on this earth and waiting means only fewer people will hear it. Don’t stop sharing.
Items Mentioned in this Podcast
It seemed like for the first time in his life he was very proud of being able to get up and speak (and he should be). Having been unable to even get hardly anything out of his mouth except even the beginning of stamering, he spoke a full verse of poetry.
And then he did it again.
Having found his confidence, he was able to share his message that he otherwise was never able to speak before. And though it was short and had rough spots, it brought a whole school to tears and now many more watchers across the world.
Because he found his voice.
I think about many of us who are aspiring writers and how we struggle sometimes to ever even find the words to share with others. You may have even had those moments where you wanted to give up as you felt like you could never get your words out correctly.
Don’t worry, you are not alone.
But keep trying.
It may come out rusty and rough, but it will get better.
The ones that stop and give up are the ones you never inspire.
So be like Musharaf, despite the internal struggles and potentially the criticism of others, work hard, spread your message and you may bring other to tears.
In a good way of course.
In today’s techy world the best way to do so is to have a quality website. But even after you have a website up and running, you will need to go on and find ways of improving your presence and bring more people in to hear your message.
This is done through online marketing.
However, this phrase is very broad and can mean many different things (and it does), but to help simplify things I created a video giving an overview of sources that come to your website through Organic and Paid means.
I remember the first time I watched this video… I cried.
Not because of any sense of disappointment or something disturbing me, but because I saw so much hope come from Hal Lasko’s story.
He was living his dream and you could tell he loved every moment of it.
I think about how many of us are always on journey trying to figure out what is the next right step in our life that we sometimes loose hope for the future.
When it comes to having a wonderful family, great friends, amazing entertainment and a little Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), it can be difficult to take time to write. And if you are never intentional about taking time to write, well… you never write anything.
One of the best ways to keep yourself on track is to have accountability. Holding yourself accountable to dedicating time to write can be extremely powerful to sitting down and doing the work. So in this podcast we look at 7 needed tips to help keep you accountable to your writing.
And I love how little tweaks I do can be updated instantaneously within WordPress.
However, I have found myself becoming distracted by new designs and just thinking of ways to improve my site that I lost focus on what really mattered on my site.
My Birthday was the previous week and my wife blessed me with purchasing Platform University from Michael Hyatt. I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it and am very excited to see what more I learn.
However, this week as I was listening to Michael talk about creating content, and a statement was made that I sadly I could identify with,
Have you ever been caught in a moment where you wanted to write, but didn’t feel equipped to do so?
When balancing a family, work and life in general, taking advantage of those little moments of time where you can write can add up to help you produce content.
I do not pretend to have all of the answers, but if you want to move the need in your writing, having multiple mini successes can help keep you motivated and result in bigger accomplishments.
One thing I have learned with finding time to write is removing distractions is critical. Thankfully, we live in a day where we have applications that we can use to write wherever we want to.
In this podcast I share how I use minimalistic writing apps to help me get my writing done without very much distraction.
I explain how I currently use a Windows desktop, but utilize programs that sync with each other when I write on my iPad or iPhone.
I also share different writing applications that I utilize to write, including:
- OmmWriter – This writing application helps to transport you to a different world every time you write.
- IaWriter – Can be used on Mac for iPhone, iPad and desktop.
- Evernote – Multi-functional program that can be great to write on if nothing else is present (all platforms and operating systems).
- Workflowy – This writing application is more for outlining things, but you could probably find another way to use it as well.
- Dropbox – I explain how I use it in my writing to keep my documents current and write on different applications that would not otherwise sync with each other.
- Write – A good program for android users to use on their mobile phone devices.
- Writer – Another Android writing program that can be good to use on tablets.
The main point is that you can write from different places outside of your desk at home. So what steps are you taking to allow yourself to write from anywhere?
What applications do you use to write from anywhere?
Have you ever started writing, only to find yourself stopping?
You are not alone. Many of us have wanted to start writing and have, only to feel like we have hardly gained any traction and found ourselves discouraged and frustrated. It’s true, writing is a hard thing to do and it takes some time. Even right now as I write this post I have caught myself twice getting up to go do something that really could wait.
In this podcast we unpack the 5 key reasons why writers stop writing and how to overcome them.
- They let new ideas keep them from their writing
- They never take time to recharge
- Have let other things in their life take priority
- You have let rejection prevent you from writing more
- You have a lack of accountability
Full transparency, I deal with these issues still quite a bit today. However, I quit believing the myth that I was the only one that was struggling with them.
The main point to take away from all of this is never believe that you are the only one that deals with these problems. Even New York Times bestsellers struggle with them. Don’t believe me, just head over to Jon Acuff’s blog and read a week’s worth of material. He struggles just like you and me.
Tip of the Week
Ever since starting 168 Opportunities, I have always made it clear that it is a good idea to keep track of your time and find out where you are spending it. I have always thought that it would be great if there was a way to do this digitally, thankfully there is.
This last week I found the tool Toggl that helps individuals literally track all of their time. It can be used on a Mac, Windows or mobile device. We also talk about how it can help you with tracking your time and doing a week audit to get an idea as to where you are spending your time. As writers it can be very useful to take a step back from your week and find times where you could write more.
Be sure to check it out.