12 Books in 12 Months, Week 1: Finding Your Tribe

Hey all!

So if you saw last week’s video, you’ll know that this was the first week in the 12 Books in 12 Months challenge, not reading but actually writing 12 books in year. The way I have it scheduled out, I have to write approximately 3,000 words per day, for five days a week. That’s a minimum of 15,000 words in a week. I’m happy to say that I hit my goal, and even exceeded it, in the end writing over 1600 words this week.

And that’s it, thanks for watching folks!

No wait, there’s more. One of the things I want to do with these videos is talk about the many techniques that I use and that I’ve studied up on, techniques that really help maintain productivity and efficiency, as well as taking care of myself so I don’t get burned out.

And so for this video, I had originally planned on talking about something else, but something happened during this last week that made me change my mind about what I was going to talk about. Last week I shared my first video to a Facebook group for authors that I’m a part of, and I was shocked by how many people resonated with the idea. A lot of people thought the goal of 12 books in 12 months was a really cool idea, and I had more than a few authors say they wanted to do it with me, or do the same thing starting in January, or next month for NaNoWriMo.

So I asked these people if they were interested in participating in a Facebook group for the challenge, and making it an official challenge with rules and everything, and people emphatically said yes. So I created a Facebook group called, simply, 12 Books in 12 Months. Within a day of launching it I already had over 200 people signed up, which is more than I ever expected. When I created that video last week, it was really just a “hey, here’s the thing I’m doing.” I never really expected to do more than let people know what I was doing, and maybe gain a few followers of the channel who wanted to monitor my progress.

But thanks to all of this support, I can tell you one thing. I am more motivated than ever to do this thing. And as you can see I had a successful week this week. I expect to see the same results moving forward. I’m already super encouraged and happy to see so many others doing this with me.

So my first tip is, you’ve got to find your tribe. By this I mean, find other people interested in supporting you in your goals, or even better, people doing the same thing that you want to do. Don’t just tell your family members or Facebook friends about what you’re doing and expect them to hold you accountable. That might work, but it’s much more effective if you can find like-minded people who really understand what it is you’re doing, and who may even find inspiration in it. In my case, I found a lot more people than I had planned who were interested in doing the same thing as me, and this really increased my motivation and my level of accountability.

So those are my thoughts for the week, if you want to join the 12 Books in 12 Months Facebook group, feel free to do so. There’s a link in the description, and I can’t wait to see you next Saturday to report on week 2!

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