What the FONK (Fear Of Not Knowing) is Stopping You from Writing Your Wellness Book?
You’ve probably heard of FOMO, or “Fear of Missing Out.” That’s when you feel anxious because you think you’re missing out on something.
Recently I came across the phrase FONK, or “Fear Of Not Knowing.” FONK in the mistaken belief that if you only KNEW a little more, you’d DO a lot more.
It leads to:
- Compulsively searching for more information before you begin something.
- “Busy-ness” instead of taking action.
Is your book writing blocked by FONK?
If you’ve thought about writing a book for years but never got started, chances are, it is. So, let’s unpack some of those fears.
Imposter Syndrome: Who Am I to Write A Book?
Are you afraid you don’t know enough about your subject matter? Even though you have degrees or certifications in your specialty, maybe even advanced degrees, you may still harbor the belief that other people know more than you, and you’re not really qualified to write a book.
If you’ve been practicing in your wellness specialty for even a few months, you have enough knowledge and experience to write a book on one specific subject, possibly more.
And if you’ve been practicing for years, chances are you have enough knowledge to write several books. You’re not lacking subject matter knowledge. You’re just missing information on how to focus your book. You need guidance or coaching to help you pinpoint the best way to direct your knowledge into a book that helps you build authority.
Fear of Writing and Publishing Your Book.
Are you afraid you won’t be able to write the book or get it finished? Are you stuck because you don’t know the next steps, such as how to get a publisher or how to self-publish?
Those are legitimate fears. Writing and publishing a book can be a daunting task when you’ve never done it before. The biggest risk is NOT writing your book. It’s always scary to take a big step, such as writing a book, because there is risk involved. What if your book doesn’t turn out the way you envisioned it? What if no one buys it? Worse yet, what if you get bad reviews on Amazon?
Yes, all these things could happen, but consider the opposite: all the people you could have helped, who never read about your unique solution to their problem? What about all the business opportunities you may lose by not writing your book, opportunities such as being invited to speak at conferences or events, the possibility of helping people worldwide, and leaving your legacy?
It’s not a lack of knowledge. It’s a lack of guidance.
Get help from someone who has done it before. You need guidance from a book coach or mentor who can help you navigate the twists and turns in the road to a book. Don’t let FONK sabotage your book. You are not alone in your FONK. That’s why I want to help.
- Step 1 is knowing what to do. It’s like learning the basics of a language.
- Step 2 is putting the knowledge into action. That’s where you get a mentor or guide to help you put your knowledge into action.
Fortunately, you have a way to get started right now, in the free Author in an Hour Masterclass, produced by The Wellness Universe, and led by myself.
You’re invited to join us, and let’s make 2019 the year you write your book!