James Clear writes about behavioral psychology, habit formation, and performance improvement. So why are we spotlighting him here on a blog about author marketing? Like so many things in life, success as an author is very much a head game. The battle takes place in the mind. First in our own, and then in the minds of our readers.
Since a mind-control device for readers hasn’t been invented yet (Someday, my pretties! BwahahahahaHAHA! …er, ahem, excuse me… my inner megalomaniacologue slipped out), let’s stick to dealing with our own author brains.
The usual suspects
How many times have you said (or heard your author friends say):
- I wish I had more time to write
- I know I should be writing, but…
- Sometimes I just feel like giving up
- I’ve been at this for so long, but never seem to get any traction
- I need to get my priorities straight
- Something’s gotta change, but I don’t know where to start
- I’ve tried to get into a habit of writing every day, but I just can’t keep it up
The list goes on. When we hear this sort of thing, it’s obvious that 1) a change is needed and 2) it’s not happening. The #SpecFicCollective mission is all about figuring out where we are, where we’re going and making the necessary adjustments to get there. So how do we make course adjustments in life?
That’s exactly what James talks about on his blog.
Why James Clear?
The standard disclaimers apply: If you have a different guru that you prefer to go to when you need to kick yourself into gear, please give them a shout out in the comments. There are so many great sources out there. But today, we’re talking about just one of them.
First, a bit of context. I’ve read the books and/or taken the training for a half-dozen different approaches to time management, business planning, habit forming, etc. Stephen Covey, John Maxwell, Dale Carnegie, Peter Drucker and David Allen are good buddies of mine (no, not really, but it feels that way, with the number of times I’ve read their books). I’m familiar with how these things work.
James is familiar with them, too, from what I can tell. But James puts things a little differently. His outlook is a unique blend of fitness, psychology, and business. He draws examples from interesting people and fresh research. And one of the key concepts he promotes feels particularly relevant to me and this Collective of creatives: the concept of identity-based change.
Instead of focusing on trying to change our actions or motivating ourselves based on what others think, he talks about changing how we think about ourselves. A change in how we look at ourselves brings long-lasting results, as we become what we envision.
Straight from the source
Better that you hear it in his words, though. Below is a list of articles that have made a huge difference in my approach to life, business and becoming the author (and person) I want to be.
- Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year
- How Your Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Behavior (And What You Can Do About It)
- Achieve Your Goals: Research Reveals a Simple Trick That Doubles Your Chances for Success
- How to Achieve Your Goals (This Simple Trick Makes Progress Easy)
- How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the “2-Minute Rule”
What do you think?
Once you have a chance to check out his work, I’d love to hear what you think. If there’s someone you find helpful in dealing with the mental aspect of the author journey, post a link to their work in the comments!