Every morning I ask myself the same question; “What is the number one limiting belief keeping you from your greatness? It is always interesting to find out what my inner self will say. This morning response was; “will my work be good enough?” Usually I will search for a minute about where that belief started then I follow up with the question; “what is the cost of believing this thought?” I realized that this thought is not serving me nor anyone else. I started this blog a year ago but never wrote anything. I have three books at 80%, all three of them have been at 80% for over six months. I have three children’s books written and illustrated by me several years ago yet I have never shared them with anyone other than my family.
I have run through this belief before, I know that it is silly and not serving me or the world. I try to convince myself that I have a unique voice that needs to be shared but the books still sit upon the shelf at 80%. There is one exception, a book in my past that I took through to completion, published and sold 1100 copies. I now realize the difference was I hired a photographer and graphic designer to complete the final 20%. I think of all of my unfinished books, they are unfinished because I have been unwilling to surrender the last 20% to a competent professional who will make it shine.
With my current book In Search of the Wise Men, I have found that it doesn’t have to be expensive although you get what you pay for. Above is the original title and book cover design that I had done on fiverr.com. Whatever you need graphic design, proof reading, ghost writing, or business logos everything on the site starts at $5.00.
Since then I have hired a local graphic designer to design a cover and layout the book. I would love to be a graphic designer but what he can do in ten minutes would take me forever and keep my books from getting into the world.
What is the number one limiting belief keeping you from your greatness? If like me focus on your 80% and consider hiring out the last 20%.