When I started writing The Vital Truth back in 2004, I had no idea where to start. I certainly didn’t know it was to become an international best seller, sold in over 34 countries and collect a literary award for ‘Non-Fiction Writer of the Year’ just after it launched.
The thought of writing a book was daunting especially when you’re called ‘dumb and dunce’ for most of your school life. But at the age of thirty-seven I found my internal voice saying time to get over the fear of writing!
At the age of twenty-seven I was told I ‘had’ semantic aphasia and the reading age of a twelve-year-old. In other words, I couldn’t remember what I read. When I read a book for the first time, I was well into my adult life and it was definitely a challenge remembering all the characters. To help myself remember I decided to get a pen and some paper and every time a new character was introduced, I would write down the name and who they were related to. When their name appeared again, I would look to my page of notes to remind me. I learnt a lot about how a book is put together.
When I decided to write The Vital Truth, reluctantly so, I told everyone because then I had to write it. The first steps were the toughest and most challenging. My husband dropped me at the beach and with a pen and pad in hand I nestled into a sand dune to write. When I began writing my school days resurfaced – ‘look how bad her writing is’, ‘she is so dumb’, ‘why can’t she read?’. The memory of getting the knuckles for smudging my work because I was left-handed, or my work being returned with red pen all over it were both front and centre of my mind. Many triggers all wrapped up in my own belief that I had nothing to say.
When my husband picked me up, my eyes were red raw from crying. I got in the car and the first thing I said to him was “if I am going to write this book, I want to write a different way… with a laptop.” Lo and behold he drove straight to the electronic store and we bought a laptop. Returning home I went to my study, sat down, looked up at the ceiling, let out a huge expletive and yelled ‘what do you want me to write?” And then I began writing… I just started… I took the first step. I went into my athlete focused mind and didn’t stop. After a short time, I came up for breath and I had written close to 3000 words. I reread some of what I had written and thought “Wow! Did I really write that?” The rest as they say is history… The Vital Truth was born.
I didn’t realise the one small step I did that day would change my life. As BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic said all those decades ago “we never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”
What got me through was a method I had learnt about in the late 1990’s called Kaizen. So much so I dedicated the last chapter to it in The Vital Truth. Kaizen is a method in Japanese culture that revolves around continuous improvement through small, simple, specific, and gradual steps. Incorporating this way-of-life philosophy into your personal life can assist with cultivating a productive and disciplined mindset. Proponents of this method accept that change is imminent in our life and every aspect of it deserves to be continually improved.
As the old proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” And for me, taking that step in 2004 has resulted in me becoming a prolific writer and reader.
In acknowledging that small, simple, specific, and gradual steps are beneficial in sustaining change, we can move forward to look at how to integrate the change we wish to see in our lives in health, finances, education and so forth.
Never forget that doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is Einstein’s definition of insanity.
Is it time for you to take a small step in a different direction?
Change in your life can occur… it starts with Kaizen.
GOOD TO SHARE: Since 1990 Drs Randall & Sarah Farrant have been global mentors to thousands of individuals, families, health professionals, celebrities and sporting personalities. They have facilitated and inspired people to live an alternate and vitalistic life. https://vital-wellbeing.com/