Defeat Your Inner Critic: The Essential Shift from Knowing to Doing

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

-David Starr Jordan

The right thing is pretty obvious, even to the most obtuse of us. Doing that right thing… too often, isn’t that the challenge?

Standing up to a bully is always the right thing, so how come so many people don’t?

Is it a lack of courage? Or do we allow fear to freeze us in place, like statues?

In our writing life, we must courageously stand up to that most terrible of bullies, our Infernal Editor.

He (or she) is that jerk who loves telling you what a terrible writer you are; that you’re so bad you should just quit right now and save the world from your embarrassment.

From my experience working with authors, this jerk is almost universal amongst us.

Perhaps it’s a mystery of the human condition, or maybe it’s our Muse making sure we REALLY mean it when we say we want to write a book so we can help one person transform their life.

James 1:22 tells us we must courageously put our knowledge into action.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Knowing the next step in your journey down Publication Highway is great, but if you don’t take the action required to complete that next step, then your book is stranded on Someday Isle and your dream is just that – a dream.

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