Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He has been cited in many quotations, the above being just one of them, but never a truer word spoken. I could have also used the famous Benjamin Franklin quote as shown in the picture, but I think you guys are getting the picture the same way I did. Getting this picture however, really got me thinking about what I should be doing with this idea for spreading the word on Bariatric Surgery and also it got me thinking about my own commercial writing and how I need to plan so much more than I do.
So, after Saturdays comments I have decided I will need to be pro active in this if I want to move the whole thing forward.
Hence I shall now do the following:
Contact the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5, Sky One, TLC, Discovery, Home and Health, D-Max and Quest to name but a few. I have no idea how much good this will do but it is better than doing nothing. I shall also contact individual shows such as This Morning, Loose Women etc, anything with a magazine format. As for the rest of it, well that will be down to my planning. I have also been recommended to try and initiate contact with certain chefs such as Kerridge and Oliver but that one will no doubt take some working out… 😉
So, a couple of days ago I purchased a new A4 lined pad – be still my beating heart. Since this amazing purchase I have been making lists of my commercial writing. I have listed the three acts that the stories follow, the cast of characters and their motivations and also flow charts of time frames. It makes all of my writing become that little bit easier because it is being planned out with the benefit of being written long hand thus making it stick in my mind that little while longer – I hope.
This format appears to work regardless of what it is impressed upon as I found after my commercial thoughts were all squared away. I took this age old ideal to my problem of getting the Bariatric word out and how best to attack it. Again, my character was listed, Archie the dog’s too for that matter 😉 what my/our motivations were and what I actually wanted to achieve from this. Then I listed who would be able to help me along the way and who could help to get me started.
Obviously the sponsored walk is still 15 months away but we all know it is amazing how quickly that the start date will creep up on us and in no time at all, I will be rushing around like a headless chicken trying to get things sorted. With a list and a plan, this goal starts to become a reality. With planning I can assess all of my options from working out where I will stop each night to what equipment I might need, from deciding where I will meet my daily provisions and aid to what course of action can be taken to get both myself and Archie fit for the journey.
It is all planning.
But this planning can be put into any aspect of your life that you want to improve or make wholesale changes to. It can be in-depth or lightly touched upon written lists. Once the brain has written down targets it is far more likely to adhere to these targets. If you write a list of all of the food you will eat in a week and then only buy the food on this list, it will mean there is no margin for error when faced with the impulse buy section of the supermarket cashiers desk. If you write down exactly what you will eat each mealtime then you are more likely to follow that meal plan as the brain can subconsciously be fooled into thinking that is all there is, because you read what you would have, prepared it and then ate it. Once it is gone there is no margin for error and the brain starts getting on with life. Of course this is in a perfect world but believe me, lists help regardless of how you wish to incorporate them into you life.
Perhaps by following your lists and plans you will start to see improvements in your life of such even if they might be of minute proportions and you might not at first notice them, but eventually they will begin to bond together in what is called an aggregation of margins, making things better and better so that when you sit back and look at the whole picture, maybe as soon as two weeks later, you might begin to see those results in your own health and mental well being as things start to look rosier all round; and from that feeling comes even better self belief and positive feeling because when you have lived for so long without hope it is amazing what a little of it can do.
This new found hope then begins to rub off on other people. It starts as a small positive frisson from yourself (because it is only you that can make that happen) and grows and grows and touches others. I read the other day on another blog I follow a simple piece on trimming back baggage in your life. This helps to make everything much more simple and less possession based, an ideal I agree with very much indeed. I no longer desire material things with a burning passion, I desire happiness and in order to get that I must live life in whatever way most benefits my wellbeing. So far it is following my desire to make my story known and attempt to help others realise their dreams because of it. As Buddha said “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
It is incredible how much we can offer another person by simply being a better person ourselves and if that comes from me writing a simple list then bring me my pen and paper…
Stay out of the fridge.