So recently as a few of you may know, I founded another company officially becoming a “serial entrepreneur.” Well, at least that’s what I’m calling myself to move me out of my day job slowly. Anyway, that second business is an online comic book company called SeerNova Comics LLC. The original concept comes from another co-founder and author of The Seer Chronicles (the book being turned into a comic book).
Recently, upon telling my brother about this idea, he decided he wanted to finally write the story he had talked about almost a decade ago.
How to Write a Book
Well, once this idea was brought up, a few things ran through my mind. However, the first thought was simply, “Well… then write your story!” I didn’t see what the big problem was. As with many other people, my brother saw the daunting task of writing a few hundred pages of words and immediately turtled back into his shell. “Well, I don’t know if I’ve got the time, I’m busy doing [X].”
Now, don’t get me wrong, my brother has plenty to be busy with as a music producer down in Nashville, but my thought was still the same. As I’ve set a goal for myself to begin blogging once a day for the next 66 days (sorry about yesterday, I’ll make it up with two posts soon), take your goals one step at a time, and they will become much lighter loads to carry.
Create a Habit and Make it Stick
So there’s two ideas I decided to combine to help my brother out of this funk that I thought would help. The first? Create a habit.
As I mentioned in a previous post, habits are formed by creating a cue that triggers an action followed by a reward for taking said action. In this case I asked my brother to start by writing first thing in the morning—use the alarm clock as the trigger for this habit. The action is the writing of his story and the reward, as with most artists, is the satisfaction of seeing his vision come to life.
However, I thought that this wouldn’t be enough to keep him connected to his work. So I told him to try one more thing. Robert Cialdini’s book, Pre-Suasion, discusses a concept of the “Unfinished Task.” Essentially, our brains are wired so that once we’ve begun a task, it becomes very difficult to not finish this task. He gives an example of the types of waiters who don’t need a notepad and can remember everyone’s order. However, shortly after delivering all the food, of covered up, the waiter is highly unlikely to recall the proper meals. This is due to a completion of his task and the cleaning of his slate.
So, in order to get this new habit to stick, I suggested to my brother, write roughly 100 words per day. Write out one complete idea, then write only half of your next idea and then walk away. This will create an urge to go back and write. However, if timed appropriately he should be able to eventually walk away calmly but wake up in the morning anxious to continue writing his thoughts.
It Has Begun
It has now been just a little over a week and I receive a call from my brother. “I sent you 13 pages of work, can you take a look?” Well, this experiment seems to be running smoothly, doesn’t it? I’m definitely looking forward to adapting this type of habit forming to myself.
I believe there are many other psychological tricks we can use to impose our true desires into our subconscious minds. That’s where the magic begins to happen. When you no longer need to convince yourself to do the right thing, rather your subconscious mind makes you.
So let me know what you think! If you think this can help you or others you know please share on social media. As always, if you have any question or comments leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.