September, for me, is the perfect month to embrace those new adventures, start a new academic course either online or at night school, or begin a health regime that will keep you mentally and physically fit during the winter. It’s a month of crisp weather, the promise of home grown apples and blackberries, and let’s not forget the oodles of back to school stationery just waiting to be purchased.
For years I put off getting started, not just with my writing projects, but with my health, and wellbeing. I would grumble about my muffin top and back fat but then demolish a cream bun at the local coffee shop. I would tell myself that ‘this year’ was when I’d finally write that book. Year after year I did this until finally, something clicked – I was only letting myself down.
So, this is how I began writing my motivational blog and consequently publishing my bestseller How I Changed My Life in a Year.
Once I’d committed to my goals, and worked on a strategy to action them, I was on a roll. The new habits I formed during my year long challenge have remained with me, and this shows in my productivity. Since I began blogging back in 2013, and taking myself seriously as a writer, I’ve published five books; three non-fiction titles, and two YA fantasy fiction novels (the third book in my YA trilogy is due out in November).
Setting yourself goals, however small, to help you accomplish a task such as finishing a book, losing weight, recovering from illness, can be done at any time of year – don’t wait for the New Year, or Monday morning. Don’t hold back until the time is right – it will never be right.
If you want to read about the fifty-two challenges I took on and accomplished in twelve months then grab a copy of my book, HowI Changed My Life in a Year, only 99p for a limited time only (4th – 9th September 2016).
(Originally posted on my author blog)