Levin book cover
I didn’t see the end of the book coming . . . so to speak.

I recently attended a Hay House Writer’s Workshop, which was awesome.  I briefly spoke with Nancy Levin, one of several authors there, who wrote Jump . . . and Your Life Will Appear. The book title was catchy, and the author so bright and poised that I felt compelled to buy the book from my iPhone while sitting in the audience on the first day of the workshop. The book immediately downloaded to my Kindle in that magical way of the world these days.

I read the first chapter that night. The next day I told Nancy . . . Wait! See how I did that? I wrote, “Nancy” as though we are all chummy. But really it was me, one of 400 Hay House Writer’s Workshop groupies, catching her as she walked by on her way to do something important. Anywho, as Nancy Levin, Hay House’s Event Director, walked by, I told her that her book had a powerful hook at the beginning and I couldn’t wait to read the rest. Reid Tracy, Hay House’s President and CEO, was standing nearby and said to me, “You think the beginning was something? Just wait until you get to the end. Remember my words.” So. Yeah. I remembered his words. And he was right. But there won’t be any spoilers here. The book is very good and the end packed a wallop of a surprise indeed. I’m not even kidding. At all.

What’s in between the hook at the beginning and the surprise at the end is the heart of the book, which, for me, tied into the purpose of the writer’s workshop. It’s about letting go of what doesn’t work in order to create space for what does. For me that meant setting a goal and putting one word in front of the other every day to get there despite my fear of failure. Put another way, it’s about being willing to jump—inch by inch—beyond whatever has been holding you back from the joy that is yours to claim. It’s simple logic, really. But taking it from the logical brain to the willing heart is the key.  This book is a step-by-step guide.

What’s your joy and what holds you back?

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P.S. To the extent that this post looks even a little bit like a book review, it is totally unsolicited and unpaid. Moreover, although I linked to Amazon, I do not receive any compensation if you order the book there or elsewhere.  I have policies about reviews, you know, because this joint is a serious operation with policies and official legal language. I just happened to really like the message that this book delivered.

18 comments on “Jumping an Inch (or a Word) at a Time”

  1. OH SO tantalizing, your book review 🙂 Yes, I have heard that recently as well, rather than focus on improving faults BUILD ON STRENGTHS! Ha! How about that, all those years of protestant guilt, out the window 🙂

    • Exactly! I recently had someone tell me not to get my hopes up. Pfft! My hopes aren’t up, they are SOARING! And when I get askeered, I remember to hope again. And to keep putting one word in front of the other.

  2. This looks great, Cheri. Am tempted. I’m finding the whole ‘marketing’ aspect of a book daunting — self-promotion isn’t matronly! But one must jump, I suppose!

    • The Matron has been multitasking and power-managing all of the years that I’ve known her. She will not be daunted; she will jump with both feet and stick the landing!

  3. My joy, I’m so happy to say, is also my job 🙂 I feel very lucky. What’s holding me back? My lack of focus on physical health. That has to change –it’s gotten me into some difficulty.

    • I completely relate. Me too! I try (progress, not perfection!) to make changes one day at a time on that front. I’m glad your job is your joy! That’s so awesome.

    • Exactly! Jumping (an inch, a word, or whatever, at a time) toward what makes us joyful is the idea. It’s a guide to get there. It really gave me a lot to think about.

  4. Sounds like a good read and a great conference. and you’re right–creative people have to let go and play by some different rules in order to follow their bliss;)

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