This has been a year of systematization and automation for me. I’ve finished a ton of small projects behind the scenes that will, hopefully, create stability and passive income for me going forward, but that are so boring and unsexy that they would make you snore.
Some years, you’ll be celebrating finishing a novel and signing contracts.
Other years, you’ll be creating passive revenue streams that generate cash.
It doesn’t matter which stage you’re in or what priorities you’ve chosen for the year, what’s important is that you FINISH. That each year, without fail, you have projects—big or small—that you actually ship and that can help you create passive income.
I started this year shipping a novel to my agent, I spent most of it creating passive revenue streams, and I will be ending it by—if all goes to plan—publishing several new books.
And here’s what I’ve learned about finishing all of these projects:
- It’s easy to get accountability and support for writing a book and finishing a novel; it’s going to be harder to get that support when you’re building a sales funnel for your books or finishing blog posts for a corporate client. It’s important that you find a community where you can have these conversations and get that accountability, especially for work that is important for your business but doesn’t get people ooh-ing and aah-ing over it.
- Everyone has bad days. The reason you have an unfinished project (a novel, yes?) lying around in some forgotten folder on your MacBook is because you let that one bad day become ten, then twenty, then hundred, and so on.
- When you commit (truly commit, not a wishy-washy so-called commitment that ends six weeks in when it gets difficult and frustrating)… anyway, so yes, when you truly commit, you’ll find that the momentum you build creates a cycle of good luck and good energy that fuels your progress in ways that you couldn’t have predicted or imagined. And when you’re truly committed, you tend to finish sooner than your projected finish date.
- The only people who get to the finish line, no matter how long it takes? Are the people who simply refused to quit.
Are you a quitter or a Finisher? Finishers go here: