What is your “assignment”? A couple years ago when working with a client, a psychologist, on her book about parents and teens, she felt stalled out and the energy wasn’t there. We then had a good chat. (My work is so much more than writing coach. I am business coach, life coach, strategy coach, spiritual coach, and you can do it coach.) What came tumbling out her mouth were these simple words, “I just really want to write a book on kindness!”
My advice to her: Then accept that assignment.
“Accept the assignment” became the guiding words she posted over her desk. Tara wrote a book proposal. Tara got a publisher.
The book she really wanted to write is released today, February 2.
The Kindness Cure, by Tara Cousineau PhD, draws on “cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to teach the reader simple practices of kindness—for ourselves, for our friends and family, for our society, and for our world—that can dissolve our feelings of fear and our habits of indifference, and open us to a life of profound happiness.”
Profound happiness? I’ll have some of that, please.
Kindness is important. Following your heart and giving your energy to the projects that really matter to you is important. Believing in your ideas is important.
So many of my clients come to me in the beginning with the idea of what they “should” be writing about. That doesn’t work. If you’re not excited to write it, why would anyone be excited to read it?
We get them to clarity. Some are now delving into their passion projects. Some clients are writing intensely personal memoirs. Several are pursuing their desire to write fiction and it absolutely lights them up. Another crop of folks chose to write about their nonprofit activities.
All are increasing their credibility, exposure, and opportunities, even if they are not writing specifically in their area of academic or business expertise.
Listen to your heart. What is calling you? Take heed. And accept the assignment.
(and spread a little kindness.)