WHAT HAS BEEN A FULFILLING EXPERIENCE FOR ME THIS YEAR?
You know what I’m talking about – the stuff that’s lifted you up and made you feel amazing. Time spent with friends/family, finishing that book you’ve been working on, meeting a certain goal in your writing career, an amazing review or award – write down all the stuff that made you happy.
If you can’t think of anything, go back through your FB or Instagram timeline or your group chats with friends. I bet you would have posted about awesome stuff.
HOW DID I CELEBRATE MY WINS?
If you’re not rewarding yourself emotionally for doing the good stuff, then you’re going to lose the motivation to keep going. Our brains love a risk/reward cycle, so make sure you give yourself the rewards.
Celebrating doesn’t mean spending money – I try to celebrate every book release by either taking myself out to lunch or by spending a few hours reading on the couch with my cats and some chocolate when I should be working.
WHO WERE THE AWESOME PEOPLE IN MY LIFE THIS YEAR?
Don’t acknowledge the dead weight – the people who caused the drama, made everything about themselves, or treated you bad. Instead, recall the people in your life who showed up when you needed them, who cheered you on, who believed in you.
How can you make sure they are still a part of your life in 2020, and what can you do to show them how much you appreciate them?
WHERE DID I WASTE MY TIME/MONEY?
Did you pay for a writing service that hasn’t returned results? Did you spend hours learning how to make video trailers for your books and no one is watching them? How many hours did you scroll through FB when you could’ve been finishing your writing?
Look at where you put your time and energy and ask yourself what 100% wasn’t worth it.
WHAT ABOUT MY BEST INVESTMENTS?
This is the opposite to the last question – you gotta figure out where you used your time and money that paid off 120%. Did you invest in learning new skills, in ordering better book covers, or outsourcing a task you hate?
For me, best investments of 2020 was hiring a publicist, taking the risk to launch Rage Against the Manuscript, and a strategy course I did that has really paid off.
DID I TAKE A RISK THAT PAID OFF?
We struggle with taking risks sometimes. We often remember all the times we tried something new and failed – we convince ourselves not to try. Instead, remember a time when you took a risk and did something that was a bit scary, but it totally worked out for the best.
For me, I wrote a book in a brand new sub-genre – one I'm not known for. That series has been my bestseller of 2021. I also took a huge risk launching Rage Against the Manuscript, especially during a pandemic, but it's been amazing, and I'm so incredibly honoured to have helped so many writers along their journey this year.