Move Forward Monday: Move the Needle Forward

Move the Needle Forward
I was sitting in my Aunt Connie’s garage. There was stuff crammed into every square foot of the space. She was moving. All of this stuff had to be sorted through, packed away, and prepared for the movers. I could feel my heart sinking as I surveyed the mess around us. We would never get this done in time.

“Pick one corner and only focus on that corner.”

My aunt’s words were a liferaft being tossed out toward me. I’d been drowning in the sheer size of the job ahead of us, but this was hope. This was something I could do. One corner. One small area. Just one thing to do.

Writing a book, building an audience, and publishing a book are all giant tasks that can feel impossible to achieve if you’ve never done them. You look at the sheer size of the thing you’re trying to accomplish and your heart sinks. You’ll never get this done. You don’t have time. You don’t have the connections. You don’t know how or where to even start.

Move the Needle Forward

Moving the needle forward means doing one thing each day that moves you closer to your goal. If you want to write a book, that means writing just one sentence if that’s all that you can manage. That one sentence, written every single day, will eventually add up to a book.

If you want to build an audience, that means setting a goal of writing one blog post or posting one meme that’s going to speak to the kind of audience you want to build, or looking up one meaningful quote that you could add to your Twitter feed. Do ONE thing that will help attract people to you and get them interested in hearing more from you.

If you want to find a publisher or publish your book, it means rolling up your sleeves and doing one piece of research on what you need to do so you’re prepared to do it. Maybe today you research publishers who buy the kind of book you’ve written, or you research the publishing process so you’re more educated, or you research your competition so you know what you’re up against and where you fit into the picture.

Big dreams start with small seeds

No matter how big your dream is, it will start with a small seed. That seed is what you need to focus on today. If you don’t have that seed, find it. If you have the seed but you haven’t planted it yet, dig the hole and drop it in so it can start to grow. If you have planted the seed, water it. Find ONE thing you can do today to make progress on your way.

40 Day Writer Reality TV

My big, hairy, monster of a goal this year is to take the idea of 40 Day Writer Reality TV and bring it to life in the next 12 months. I want to see 40 writers competing over 40 days to finish, polish, and pitch their books to publishers who then compete Shark Tank style for the rights to publish them. I want to put reading, writing, and publishing in the spotlight so people see just how powerful and life-changing it can be to read, to write, and to publish a book. Best of all, I want aspiring authors to approach writing with realistic expectations of the challenges they will meet along the way.

Last year, I put together a crowdfunding campaign and launched it. It didn’t succeed. The support team didn’t have enough direction from me to know what I needed them to do. I didn’t have enough proof to off them that I could deliver on the promises I was making. So last year, I spent my time moving the needle forward a little at a time. Making connections, putting a program out there and testing it, getting the things I would need to make sure the next time I tried it, I would get the success I desired. I learned from my failure.

How Are You Moving the Needle?

Where are you in terms of pursuing your own big, hairy, monster of a dream in life? What are you going to do, today, to move the needle?

Your Opportunity to Move the Needle Forward

I am moving the needle forward on my dream of making 40 Day Writer Reality TV happen this year. You can sign up to join me at I’ll be releasing a 40 Day Writing challenge soon to help prepare you for the day when that launch finally happens. Sign up for the email list and together we can move YOUR needle forward.