So much of the information and inspiration out there goads us to GO BIG! And to MAKE A DIFFERENCE! That’s all fine and good, and sometimes those well-meaning encouragements just add fuel to the inner critic. The inner critic loves to say “Who, you?! You can’t even keep the kitchen clean, let alone change the world!”
I believe in all kinds of power. I believe in the quiet power of changing the world with a gesture, or a smile, or a one:one conversation. Change doesn’t have to be MASSIVE to be powerful. I learned this while writing my novel, and I believe it’s true for the real world, too.
So it was with some trepidation that I put ‘world-changing’ into the title of my book. I see how it can feel like just another too-big promise.
I grappled with this and considered leaving it off the title. But I couldn’t. First, now more than ever we need help with the world’s problems. And it’s never been easier to step up and offer our solutions to spark change. Writing is one of the power tools that can make a difference. Now is not the time to play small, dumb it down or dilute our passion for the things we care about deeply.
Second, I believe that the works we make work us. Embarking on the process of writing a book is guaranteed to change the author. I have seen every single one of my coaching clients transform as a result of stepping up and into their writing power.
Each book is different, but writing – any kind of writing – has changed my students and clients profoundly. They have gained:
• Confidence about their message.
• Clarity about their work and the need for it in the world.
• Satisfaction from capturing their ideas in one place they can share.
• Feeling of having put into place a legacy work that will live beyond them.
• Honoring a life-long dream of writing a book.
If that’s not enough to encourage you to finally get started on your book, I don’t know what is. So, remember, you don’t have to be big and loud to change the world. You can change things by changing yourself, by picking up your pen, and writing what is waiting inside you.
And guess what? You don’t have to be writing a book to get these world-changing benefits. Students in The Devoted Writer experience profound changes even in the first week of our class. Free-writing every day brings so much confidence and power, it’s hard to believe such a simple practice can do so much.