My wife Sylvia is the inspiration and catalyst for this month’s topic. She loves not only the concept of quantum leaps, but the practice of it. She sees no reason to waste time when you know what it is you want. She dives in fearlessly to accomplish goals. She’s the type of person who will work all night to finish a project, once she’s started it, rather than space it out over two or three days. It’s her style and it works for her. I marvel at her ability to get things done. I always rest assured when she is championing or leading a project. I know it will get done and done well. Not only that, but it will be done faster than anyone expected.
While I was on a three-year sabbatical she morphed herself into a filmmaker. Why? Because she could and she was fascinated with the medium. Like me, she follows her passion. Unlike me, she does things fast and effectively. Once she starts something, she doesn’t rest until it is completed. I, on the other hand, will pace myself, stop; reflect, and pursue my projects at a more orderly pace. Which method is more effective? Both work well. There are many methods and approaches to achieving goals. Never make the mistake of thinking there is only one way to achieve an objective. Quantum thinking encourages you to always challenge yourself, your beliefs, your models, to discover your true possibilities.
There is an old saying that goes, “Great minds think alike.” But it can be equally said, “Fools seldom differ.” Following someone else’s style, beliefs and methodology can often be a worthwhile strategy, especially if that person is successful, but not always. A better approach would be to discover what works best for you by challenging and changing the way you habitually do things.
When I wrote my first book, Mind Power, I took three months to write it. I was inspired and threw myself into the project, writing daily. I was well aware that a task would always take the amount of time given to it. Had I given myself a year to write it, it would have taken a year. Would it have made it a better book? Perhaps, but I doubt it. Now almost twenty years later and with over two million copies sold, I think it has resonated with readers and expresses all I wished to convey.
I’ve written five books now and each of them has taken less than six months. Why? Because that is all the time I gave them. I’ve heard many stories of writers taking years, sometimes five or ten years, to finish a book. While I respect their dedication and freedom to choose whatever style they want, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on one book. I have dozens of books I want to write, plus numerous other activities I want to pursue.
I always thought writing all my books in under six months was an amazing accomplishment, until I read an article on the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke (most famous for the book and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey ). It seems many years ago he was diagnosed with a rare disease and told he had only one year to live. As a struggling writer with a young family to sup