A wise man once told me, "If you're a writer, then write."
And do you know what I like about writing?
When it comes to editing the only way a first draft can be great is if:
A: the writer has hundreds of thousands of hours of practice
The other challenge of writing is to find readers. Die hards that keep coming back because they think you’re clever. Which you are, but not on the first draft.
Now there are probably half a thousand ways to find readers but the two that come to mind are:
A: write for someone else
I don’t know about you but I always rely on B for my answers.
I just can’t write someone else’s words.
Now getting back to what I like about writing; editing. I’m not talking punctuation. I’m talking about scraping all the words that don’t matter.
The reason I hardly read fiction is because it takes 5 paragraphs to describe a ladies scarf. My Fiance’s mom, Dutchess, reads the New York Times. One day Dutchess said to me, “Listen to this wonderful article by this author who is travelling across South America on foot.” She then proceeded to read 30 sentences that summed up, ‘walking helps you reflect and think.’
Thanks tips, but it came from the New York Times, and Dutchess believes everything is amazing in the New York Times. If the New York times said a yellow elephant was born, then Dutchess would be sharing that FACT around the water cooler at work. Exactly the reason I avoid most employment.
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You probably won’t believe a word I say, but imagine if you could edit your life like a script writer edits a movie. As if you could just scrap all the things that weren’t working. Gone, and now you can focus on the things that are working. You can shape and develop your character adding humour, and the kind of drama that pulls people in. You can see opportunity for growth, change, and transformation… if only you could edit your life like a script writer edits a movie.
Well you can, all you have to do is learn about the teachings of Dr. Richard Bandler, the co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP teaches people how to view situations through three perspectives:
- through the eyes of yourself
- through the eyes of the person you are talking to
- through the eyes of a fly on the wall
NLP helps people get out of their mind, and into the minds of others. Patients bring back new learning resources that help them overcome phobias, anxieties, mental disorders, PSTD, trauma, etc. Once people get all the excuses out of the way, they can focus on their success.
New York Time readers can be assured that Richard Bandler has been described as a God in many articles since the early 1980’s.
Luckily I know a thing about NLP, and have been using it in this article to talk about something you probably weren’t aware of, LUCK. I suggested that I rely on luck for everything. Don’t hold back, lotteries sizes are mind blowing and you’ve probably contributed to that fund too. Of course if you are banking on lottery luck alone, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. You need to develop a different kind of luck, the kind of luck you get when you:
Change your perspective.
Imagine being a fly on the wall.
I’m into public speaking, and I’m always recording my speeches. I record my speeches so that I can physically do what Richard Bandler suggests. I am the speaker, and then I watch the speaker as if I’m a member of the audience. Then I turn off the sound and watch the speaker as if being a fly on the wall. At first the speaker sucked, he said 10,000 words that could be summed up in one. He looked like a sack, he leaned forward and had a pot belly, it was horrible and hard to watch. Most people would have given up but like the motivational master Les Brown screams, “I don’t give up until I win!”
I don’t give up until I win is the Mantra I’ve been playing in my mind for years. You might start playing it right now. When you say it out loud it makes you feel good, it motivates you to work out and also eat 2,000 calories worth of chocolate every day of christmas. And you know how I feel about the holidays…
What everybody ought to know about writing is that it is a lot easier than public speaking, and inexpensive compared to NLP, but it gives you the same desired results. Pick up a pen and journal your thoughts today… it’ll help you change your perspective, and change your life.
I started writing in this journal a 2 year gave me for christmas. He knows me so well.
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