My visitor this week is Eric Twiggs, an indie author and inspirational speaker who is a specialist in procrastination. Now, though, the author of The Discipline of Now and One Moment in Time has some guidance all authors can use on the worth of getting things done today rather than tomorrow.
Weekly I speak with a member of ALLi to discuss their writing and what influences them, and why they are motivating to other authors.
A couple of highlights from our interview:
On How the Death of a Friend Made Him Think About Time
I get a call from his mom informing me of the reality that he was unfortunately eliminated in a vehicle accident. Which changed whatever. That made me recognize that we dont have the time we believe to do what it is that we wish to do.
On Getting Back on Track in 2020
A lot of people, they had these aspirations, these goals and things that they desired to do achieve for 2020, but then all of an abrupt with the lockdown, they kind of lost track of it and started focusing on the world and negativity and some of these other things. So, the big suggestions I would have, it would be to refocus on what it is that you wished to accomplish and simply truly focus on doing 5 various things daily to make that take place.
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Howard Lovy: Im Howard Lovy, and youre listening to Inspirational Indie Authors. Each week, I feature a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors to learn what motivates them and how they are a motivation to other authors.
Howard Lovy: A big factor in procrastination, whether youre a writer or not, is fear, especially these days, fear might immobilize you.
Howard Lovy: But prior to he found his writing voice, he pursued company as a district manager for an automobile service company.
Finally, I took the first action of going to Toastmasters. I went to Toastmasters International and I met somebody who trained professional speakers.
Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and has actually invested the last six years enhancing the voices of independent publishers and authors. He works with authors as a book editor to prepare their work to be released.
Howard Lovy: An authors most significant opponent, Eric states, is perfectionism. It does not matter if its ideal the first time around, just take a seat and write it and compose it down now, dont procrastinate.
Howard Lovy: So, Eric Twiggs has gone from that initial wakeup contact college to constructing a profession out of helping others feel that exact same sense of seriousness about their work. Whats next?
If I did something on procrastination, thats truly when people would pertain to me later on, or I remember I produced an audio CD and I had some other CDs, however the procrastination CD was the one that just, I couldnt keep in stock. And so that was type of a message that this is the lane that I require to be on.
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Now, I work with entrepreneurs and executive leaders. I help them to beat procrastination so that they can make more money, get more done and ended up being aligned with their magnificent purpose.
Time management was so crucial to me after that experience. And so, when I would at first like, for example, when I was in Toastmasters, I discovered a great deal of my discussion, its constantly centered around time management. And after that whenever I discussed procrastination, for whatever reason, thats when I got the most response from people.
Eric Twiggs: So, right now weve established a motion. And actually, you discussed this entire lockdown and shutdown, so really, the concern is, alright, so this happened, what now?
I got to a point where I stated, you understand what, Im going to be a speaker, Im going to write a book. And after that I started hearing these voices within my own head stating, all right, Eric, what are you going to say that hasnt been said already? Whos going to pay you to come in and talk with their organization?
He was about his purpose and he was constantly getting on me about, Hey, Eric, you require to get severe and figure out what you require to do, what you want to do. Weve got plenty of time for all of that. We got everything in front of us.
And the funny thing, you know, when I look back, there were ideas that I was going to be an author. Due to the fact that no matter how much I had a hard time in school, I always got great grades in English and imaginative writing.
Eric Twiggs: So, one of the huge things, and I can really connect to this because I went through this in my writing process, is perfectionism, right?
My visitor today is Eric Twiggs, an indie author and motivational speaker, who is a specialist in procrastination. It took him a little while to figure out that was his calling, and then he held off on writing a book about it.
And the factor I entitled the book, The Discipline of Now, due to the fact that I think discipline is the secret. And discipline is a skill that you can get. Its a skill that you can develop. Its a skill that you can improve at, no matter who you are.
The point is helping people to end up being more resistant. Weve got a Facebook group its called the What Now movement and you can sign up with the group and we do monthly summits. Ill be speaking on five actions to overcome procrastination this coming Saturday at 10 oclock on June the 20th.
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Howard Lovy: As you can tell, Eric is extremely refined in the method he speaks and positive in his message, however it wasnt always that method.
Ive got the air estimates up, Im the procrastination man. It actually took me three years to get started.
Howard Lovy: Eric likes the take and offer, the instant fulfillment that comes with a live audience. He doesnt go up to the podium and brag about his successes, he also talks about his failures.
So, perhaps youve gotten furloughed. What now? You understand, maybe youre a speaker and you used to speak with a thousand individuals in a room. You cant do that any longer. What now?
Yes, I had this sense of seriousness to prosper and to progress, but I actually didnt seem like I was being significant and just through years of self-discovery and reflection, I recognized that I actually required to be doing what Im doing now.
He and some partners are taking this brand-new truth that were in and helping customers get things done even throughout an international pandemic and a financial recession. Theres not a moment to lose.
And literally, ever since, Ive been considering time. Which, actually, that was the beginning point, and its simply developed and changed. Over the years, Ive been a corporate leader where Ive supervised as many as 500 individuals at one time, and Ive discovered that if you have somebody thats a great entertainer, you have somebody thats a fantastic entertainer.
Oh, you have to get up early. The early bird gets the worm. Dont check your email prior to this time. It was simply kind of can cliché responses. I wanted to develop a tool that was useful no matter what your genetics, no matter if youre a night owl, youll benefit from it. Just actually, I wanted to develop a practical tool.
A lot of times they understand a lot of the same things. However the distinction in between great and great is that terrific entertainer, they can will themselves to do those things they need to do, whether they feel like it or not.
He was about his function and he was constantly getting on me about, Hey, Eric, you need to get serious and figure out what you require to do, what you want to do. I get to a point where Im a district supervisor, Ive got 17 areas, Im in the vehicle field, were having all this success, were winning awards, driving my BMW. I got to a point where I stated, you understand what, Im going to be a speaker, Im going to write a book. And one of the reasons that individuals state they get writers block is because once again, youre composing and modifying at the exact same time, as opposed to simply getting the ideas out. Im not going to have social media gain access to, and then Im going to get a kitchen timer, and Im going to set the clock.
So, one of the important things I do recommend is eliminating all those notices that let you know when youve got an email when youve got a brand-new social media update or when youre getting a text. Yeah, I imply, Ive talked with people, Ive provided that recommendations and theyve informed me how that simply that in and of itself has actually helped them become more efficient and feel less sidetracked.
I started to recall, you know, when did I feel satisfied? And when I recalled, I started to understand that it was when I was speaking in front of a group. Like when I was a business trainer, when I would provide a class, I remember I would believe to myself, male, you know what? I could just do this all the time. Man, this is terrific. And all the dots connected to me presenting to individuals and interacting to groups. Therefore, I simply got to a point where I signed up with Toastmasters. So, what occurred, and this is a lesson for the listeners, I was literally talking myself out of it for 3 years.
So, among the things I do is I like to provide myself synthetic due dates. Especially with like the composing job, you know how people state you work finest under pressure? I think it helps to provide yourself a synthetic deadline. If Ive got a big writing job that Im working on, I will block off time.
I would state the big thing is to not lose connection with your objective. A lot of individuals, they had these ambitions, these objectives and things that they desired to do accomplish for 2020, but then all of a sudden with the lockdown, they kind of lost track of it and started focusing on the world and negativity and some of these other things.
Howard Lovy: Eric Twiggs constantly knew that he wished to make his mark in the service, and marketing definitely fits his outbound character and his talents.
Eric Twiggs: So, I wished to produce a book that was an useful tool that I can put it in peoples hands. And Ive checked out a lot of books on the subject of procrastination, getting rid of procrastination, time management, what have you. I found that a lot of what I was reading resembled one size fits all responses.
Before you go to an area, you in fact go and finish the workout. For example, Ive got an area about clearness. Since I believe thats crucial, and a lot of times you put things off due to the fact that youre actually not clear on what it is that you desire to accomplish.
So, Ill say, you know, Tuesday for a half hour is going to be my writing time. Two oclock to 2 thirty. And then when I get in there, Im going to shut off. Im not going to have my cell phone. Im not going to have e-mail gain access to. Im not going to have social media gain access to, and after that Im going to get a kitchen timer, and Im going to set the clock.
It wasnt till later on in life that I truly pursued writing seriously.
Howard Lovy: So, the next action was to take his public speaking success and turn it into a book.
Eric Twiggs: Good morning, I am Eric Twiggs, Im your procrastination avoidance partner. Im the author of The Discipline of Now: 12 Practical Principles to Overcome Procrastination. And Im the host of the 30-Minute Hour podcast.
And feeling in ones bones that, you know, the clock is ticking it simply encourages me to take advantage of that time. And then I would say, for people that are listening, if youre in a workplace environment, you know, let individuals know for that window, that youre not going to be offered and to take messages for you. And that truly assists to make a much better use of your time.
So, it was interesting. It didnt come to me right now and I really needed to think, and theres a quote and it originated from among Steve Jobs start speeches at Stanford University, where he states that sometimes the dots just connect in retrospection, indicating you have to recall. Therefore thats what I did.
Get it on paper, and then go back and modify. And one of the factors that individuals say they get writers block is because once again, youre composing and modifying at the very same time, as opposed to simply getting the ideas out.
Its simple to feel like I need to have all of it found out before I move forward. And one of the huge things I discuss in the book is that you cant permit best to end up being the enemy of progress. How that plays out is, I know for me I got to this thing where I would attempt to compose and edit at the same time.
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Theres another section where, I have you draw up your vision as far as, where do you see yourself in 20 years? If you take your suitable situation and you say, Hey, Im 20 years in the future and this is precisely what my life looks like, writing that out. Those are just some of the examples that are in the book.
Like, alright, whos going to purchase my book? Am I going to be able to meet the deadline? You begin feeling anxiety and you start looking for relief, and the relief is going to social media or going, checking your email, examining your text messages.
Thats really the next thing on the horizon, is truly appealing with the members of this What Now? motion. And to address your other concern, yes, I do see myself composing other books as we progress.
And I state in the book, and I simply think this, its in chapter 2, I discuss clarity as the starting point of success. So, if you go toward the end, there are workouts where you write out what your vision statement is, whats your objective statement, what are your core worths?
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I get to a point where Im a district supervisor, Ive got 17 locations, Im in the automotive field, were having all this success, were winning awards, driving my BMW. Whatevers going terrific.
Now, though, the author of The Discipline of Now and One Moment in Time has some guidance all authors can use on the worth of getting things done today rather than tomorrow. Without further delay, heres Eric Twiggs.
So, the huge suggestions I would have, it would be to refocus on what it is that you wished to accomplish and simply actually concentrate on doing 5 various things per day to make that occur.
Then, I remember this plainly, I talk about this in the book, I look in the mirror, Im just driving in my cars and truck and I look in my rear-view mirror. I might see my eyes and the reflection recalling at me was that of someone who hated what he was doing. So, it resembled, I had actually reached this point where I felt like I achieved success, however I wasnt substantial.
We kind of chuckled and several weeks went by and I had not seen him, and I get a phone call from his mother notifying me of the fact that he was unfortunately eliminated in a vehicle mishap. And that changed whatever. That made me understand that we dont have the time we believe to do what it is that we want to do.
And just in all of my transactions with people, I believe if you can get to a point where you regularly keep your guarantees that you make to yourself, you simply build your confidence and you just set up for success. It gives you that edge.
Eric Twiggs: I grew up right in the city of Washington, DC. When I got to college, I looked at marketing as kind of that. I think if you have a basic understanding of marketing, it impacts whatever you do as you run your service, you can get the word out and stay in contact.