What a Writer Can Learn from Star Wars – Part 2

In my last post (Part 1 of this series), I took a look at four famous quotes from our most beloved franchise, mostly having to do with belief in yourself, starting small, and not underestimating the power of beginning. Now we’re going to look at a few quotes by one of our favorite characters, Yoda… probably the wisest of all in the Star Wars universe… and some of the other wise Jedi Masters.

5. Do. Or do not. There is no try. ~ Yoda

Part of your success as an author or Authorpreneur is determined by your mindset. If you go into something always “leaving the back door open,” you’ve already told yourself that you’ll probably fail. Think of it this way; if the love of your life proposed to you by saying, “Well, let’s try this marriage thing for a month and see what happens,” would you enthusiastically say yes? Or what if you asked your sweetheart to marry you and she responded by saying, “Sure! We’ll give it a go for six months and then decide if we want to continue”?

There’s this little itty-bitty thing called commitment, and its essential to your success in business as well as in marriage. Do things always work out? Is success guaranteed? No. But if your mindset is non-committal right from the get-go, your chances for success drop dramatically.

6. “Fear is the path to the dark side.” ~ Yoda

Are you afraid you might not succeed, that people won’t like your writing, books, products, or services? Are you worried they might not like YOU? What if your beta readers (the friends and family members you recruited) offer so many suggestions on what to change that the wind is taken out of your sails? What if you get a less-than-stellar review? What if you just don’t have what it takes (whatever that is)?

YIKES! You MUST get past your fear or else you’ll be caught in a never-ending spiral of self-doubt, discouragement, and failure. Choose to be courageous. Courage is not the opposite of fear; courage is doing what needs to be done in spite of your fears.So what if your mother-in-law hates your book! Smile, thank her for the input, and shrug it off. So what if your story doesn’t place in the national writing contest you entered. So what if you get a 1-star review that seems to take on a life of its own among the two dozen great reviews you got.

Having your ideas turned down or challenged by other people doesn’t determine your worth, creativity, or ability. It could mean a lot of things. Yes, it could mean your writing needs more polish (and take that into consideration). But it could also mean that you pitched it to the wrong audience, or the literary critics are looking for an established name or a different perspective. Don’t let fear keep you from “doing” your dream.

7. Be mindful of your thoughts Anakin. They’ll betray you. ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi

People really are the sum of their thoughts. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between fact and fantasy when it comes to self-talk. What you say about yourself becomes the truth. So people who say, “I can’t” are just as correct as are people who say “I can.” Therefore, if you say you’re not creative, then you’re right. You’re not. Until you start believing it. If you keep reinforcing the idea that you’re “always a day late and a dollar short,” your subconscious mind will act on those beliefs.

Obviously, saying “I am a millionaire” 18 times a day won’t make it so. But telling yourself, “I have everything I need to be happy. I have abundance,” and then focusing on the talents, abilities, and blessings that you DO have will get you out of a “scarcity” mindset quicker than anything else!

8. Remember: Your focus determines your reality. ~ Qui-Gon Jinn

This goes right along with #7 above. Can I take a moment to be blunt? Do you want to be a published author, a successful entrepreneur, an achiever? Then start acting like one. Get your focus off your mistakes and shortcomings and put it on what you are doing right. The only moment you have within your grasp is the one right here, right now. So forget about all the wasted time and missed opportunities, and change things from here on out. Decide that you are a GONNABE, not a wannbe. It will make all the difference in the world.

Get ready to explore even more ways to become a Writing Jedi Master in Part Three!

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