How many times have I said that during the last two decades or so?
And is it true?
Here's the thing--while theoretically I think it would be super cool to publish a book, I have done absolutely nothing to make that happen. I don't have an outline, a topic, or a plan.
And I've realized, I must not really want it that badly. Chances are, a publisher isn't going to come across my blog and say, "Here's a book deal." If I want to make it happen, I'll have to work hard at it. But right now, it's just not a priority to me. I'm not saying that to beat up on myself. It's perfectly okay for me to be a person who doesn't badly want to publish a book. I just want to be willing to admit that.
I think it's good to examine our "I'd like to..." statements and determine if we really want those things or not. Do you really want to ______ (fill in the blank with "start cooking more," "keep my house more clean," "lose weight," "learn to knit," "stop smoking," "change careers," "make a good friend," "plant a garden," et cetera)?
If you say you'd like to do it and it's not happening, you've got two choices, either of which could be right for your situation.
- Admit it's not really that important to you, and let it go (at least for now.) Or...
- Make a plan and start really trying.
- Keep saying you want it, and don't do anything about it.
Maybe you don't really want what you say you want. At this point in my life, publishing a book isn't that important.
Maybe you do really want it, and you just need to sit down and figure out how to make it happen. For me, running a 5K at an average of 10 minutes a mile is important, so I'm doing both distance and interval training so that hopefully I'll meet that goal.
What do you say you want? And do you really want it?