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?
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.