22 Things Happy People Do Differently . . .
Don’t hold grudges. — Authors: Let go of anger. Keep moving forward.
Eat well. — Authors: You can’t maintain a good writing or marketing schedule if you are not well, if you are tired, if you are weak. Eat good food. Sleep well.
Dream big. — Authors: Always think big. Go for the best you can reach.
Never make excuses. — Authors: Don’t make excuses. Just move ahead. Don’t blame other people. Don’t blame other things. Take the blame or simply move on.
Exercise. — Authors: You will be more alert when writing and marketing if you move. Do some exercise every day, even just going for a walk.
Speak well of others. — Authors: Speak well of your fellow authors. Always. Then many will think and speak well of you. That’s the beginning of valuable relationships.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. — Authors: Don’t get caught up with the small stuff of writing or marketing. Focus on those activities that will actually make a difference.
See problems as challenges. — Authors: Any bump in the road is simply a chance to do better.
Wake up at the same time every morning. — Authors: A regular schedule will help you avoid any writer’s block or marketer’s block.
Nurture social relationships. — Authors: All of marketing is based on creating relationships. And then nurturing them.
Take time to listen. — Authors: Listen to the people around you: in the streets, in the office, at home, at lunch. You could solve many problems simply by listening to other people.
Get absorbed in the present. — Authors: Focus on now. Focus on what is in front of you. Do that. Don’t get misled by future expectations.
Tell the truth. — Authors: Always tell the truth. In your writing. And in your marketing. And in all your relationships.
Meditate. — Authors: Or pray. Both will help clear your mind.
Choose friends wisely. — Authors: When you create relationships to help you with your writing or marketing, choose the best partners, people you would be happy to work with for a long, long time.
Establish personal control. — Authors: Take responsibility. That is the only way you will ever have any control over your writing or marketing.
Avoid social comparison. — Authors: Never compare yourself to others. Compare yourself only with the person you were yesterday. Be better today.
Live minimally. — Authors: If you want to spend more time writing, live with less. That way you can afford to spend your time rather than your money.
Accept what can’t be changed. — Authors: Don’t spend any time trying to change things that simply aren’t worth changing. Focus on the things you know you can change.
Do not need approval from others. — Authors: While praise from others is great, the only praise you really need is that you give yourself.
Express genuine gratitude for what they have. — Authors: Be thankful for all you have. As gratitude grows, so does the things and people around you.
Treat every single person with kindness. — Authors: Kindness is the magic elixir that turns strangers into friends, followers, fans, and fanatics.
About John Kremer
John Kremer is author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, the Relationships Matter Marketing program, and many other books and reports on book marketing, Internet marketing, social media, and book publicity. -- John Kremer on Book Marketing.