I've been thinking all day about what to write in this last post of 2011. I could have offered you some sort of things-t0-do-t0-get-published list or a best-of post. I could have told you to hurry up and finish your to-do list. I decided not to do that. Instead, I thought about what I wanted to encourage you to do in the New Year--and what I wanted to do in the New Year.
I would like you to feel inspired. Not only that, I would like you to take inspired action. Those are the things I want for myself as well.
How do you do that? I have a pretty simple formula: Passion + Purpose = Inspiration.
When you combine your passion--whatever it is you truly feel passionate about--with your sense of purpose or mission in this world (call it soul purpose if you are the spiritual type)--whatever you feel you are meant to do--you will feel inspired. And that sense of inspiration intuitively will inform you about what actions you should take to meet your goals.
This formula works in any area of your life, but I feel it's an extremely powerful formula for writers to put to use. Why? Because words have a tremendous amount of power. Wisdom teachers throughout the ages have taught that words have the power to create. The question is what do you want to create with your words in 2012? As a nonfiction writer, do you want to create solutions to problems, healing or inspirational stories, access to information that will heal the planet or create peace? Do you want to help people change their lives or the world?
Whether or not you have read anything about 2012 doesn't matter, here's what we all know: The world is in dire need of change. Writers are in a unique position to create change. You can become a change agent with your blog, your essays, your articles, your books.
The question is: Will you feel inspired to write those blogs posts, essays, articles and books? Will you feel inspired to use your words to create change on some level--even a small level?
Will you tap into your passion and combine it with your sense of purpose in the New Year? As a writer, will you feel inspired in 2012? And as a writer, will you take inspired action?
Even if you don't want to create change on a larger level, don't you want to create change in your own life? What would happen if you wrote based on inspiration? What would you write about if you considered the topics about which you felt passionate or your mission in life? How would your writing life--or your life--change if you chose your writing topics and projects based on inspiration. And how would writing about those topics change the lives of your readers?
Leave me a comment and tell me how you plan to take inspired action with your writing in 2012.