The unknown can be scary. It can also be exciting and inspiring. My project was to self-publish two ebooks. As I pushed my way deeper into the unfamiliar parts of that experience, I recognized apprehension, confusion, and uncertainty, along with determination and the belief in success. That’s a lot to get from a little ebook project.
Go where you have not gone before
There’s great value in tackling something new, in pushing yourself into the unknown in order to accomplish a specific goal.
My goal was to get my ebook up on iTunes and Kindle. Writing the books was easy compared to the technical steps to get them up there – because those steps were unknown. I had put books up before but it was a long time ago. This promised to be a new adventure.
Learn what you did not know before
I decided to use Scrivener, a program that was new to me. So step one of my adventure was to figure out a new software program. I used my “20-minute lesson” technique to take the tutorials and gradually master the program.
But I had to download two new programs to review the book on. And then learn those. Yet another barrier.
I had to make decisions about pricing and the text that explains what the book is about.
The deeper I went, the less I knew.
But I persisted and I learned.
The unfamiliar became the familiar.
Exploration strengthens your determination to succeed
The way to move forward is to put one foot in front of the other. You need to be willing to go where you haven’t gone before. You have to be a bit adventurous. Most of all, you have to be determined to succeed.
I wanted so much to get those books up that I kept learning one new step after another. Even when I found there was yet another step to take, I slogged on. Reaching my destination was important. The journey expanded my personal awareness, my insights and the honing of my skills.
Discover opportunities you never dreamed of
I know that once I complete this journey, I’ll have a whole new vista to consider. I’ll think of many more books to write, many more ways to use the programs I’ve learned. I’ll see connections I hadn’t seen before and know that they are now within my power to make.
What is the next journey you need to take?
This was a physical-plane journey that I needed and wanted to take. But there are personal journeys I want to embark on. I’m an introvert who could expand her socializing skills. Although I’m now 83, I believe I can still learn new ways to keep strong and fit. I am a philosophical explorer who is going deeper.
What’s your next journey? Is it a small hike, a camping trip or a major undertaking?
Whatever the size of your journey, there’s much learning and great power in exploring the unknown.
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