Well, it's November and I haven't made as much progress on my book as I had hoped.
How's that for honesty?
The good news? The why behind my apparent lack of progress isn't that much of a mystery.
I was listening to Jess Lively's podcast interview with Corbett Barr the other day and around 44:30 he mentions the difference between being a CEO and being a worker bee. His explanation really hit home for me, specifically when he noted the trouble solo entrepreneurs have with this concept. As someone who works primarily on her own, I completely understand the difference between the time I spend on big ideas and the time I spend actually getting the work done.
Who else is with me on this one? It's way too hard to do both simultaneously and I'm trying to get better at creating pockets of time to think big and pockets of time to hammer out the smaller bits of work that will make up the whole. But I haven't perfected that balance.
In October, I really focused on wrangling the big ideas swirling around in my head. In hindsight, it was good to focus on those things. I don't regret the time spent doing it. Yet, I'm now staring at a manuscript with a word count in the low thousands. To be completely transparent: it's not where I wanted it to be.
So, I'm reminding myself that books don't get written, researched, edited, rewritten, edited again, published, marketed and distributed in a day or a month or even a year. I just have to put one foot in front of the other. I need to let the words flow whenever possible and I need to assess the big picture when I've got important choices to make.
Because big dreams take time, right? Yes. Big dreams take time.