BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

Your future is now

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] Imagine you decide buying a house. From that moment on, probably a decent amount of your "brain time" is going to be spent on thinking forward to that point in time where you will own it. In order for that to take place there are couple of steps you need to do: Decide on what kind of house you wantWhat price range is possible for youSaving plansMortgage plansRoom layoutsDesignsetc. So, you could say that from the moment you make the decision to buy that house, the future of you owning it already exists. You don't own the house yet in this very moment NOW but the future you imagine will happen because of the decisions and plans you make on the way. It's almost inevitable. The same applies to your writing. The moment you decide where all the work and time and effort you put into your writing is going to lead you eventually, you create that future point in time where it will come all together. The necessary steps to get there? You need to feel what it will be like once you have reached that place. You need to be specific about what you want, so that you can find out what the necessary steps are. When you buy the house, there are probably a lot of stepså that you haven't figured out just yet, but people have done it before, and if you are confident about it and keep working on it with a positive attitude, you will get there. Same with writing. Decide where...

This can get messy …

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] If your apartment gets messy, what do you do? You tidy up, right? If you don't take care of your garden for some time, what's gonna happen? Soon, there is going to be weed all over it and if you want to have a beautiful garden, you gotta get rid of it. It's the same with our mind. The "dirt" creeps in all by itself, in the form of negative thoughts, and often we don't recognize it until the place is really messy. Problem is, this "mess" can interfere with our creativity. So, what do you do? Same as with your garden, you weed out. As soon as you catch a negative thought, replace it with a positive one, or at least with a neutral one. Don't give the mind power over your emotions and your creativity! If you see self - limiting thoughts creeping up, replace them with empowering ones! Try to remember situations from the past where you successfully did that and try to remember how that felt! Don't let negative thoughts mess up your mind so much that they can keep you from writing! Sit down, take a deep breath, remember that you can do this, try to connect to a memory where you were really creative. I'm sure you have those. Then, take it from there. One step at a time. To train your mind for empowerment:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

How Important Is Writing To You?

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] "I don't have time to write." You know this phrase very well. You've probably said it, for sure you've heard it. I'm with you. It can be a struggle sometimes. But then, it's also the matter of mindset. Your goal is to become a writer. Okay, great! Now, think about that for a second! If your dream goal weren't to become a writer but instead, let's say, a lawyer. I don't know much about becoming a lawyer, but as far as I know, you need to study for a couple of years until you have the knowledge and experience you need. On the journey to becoming a lawyer there are going to be sacrifices in terms of time, energy, and money. But in exchange, you get to work in the profession you chose! Most probably you wouldn't say, "I don't have time to learn becoming a lawyer" if something gets in the way. No, you would do it the other way round. You would have to find a way to make time for your law studies, no matter what, and let someone else take care of the other stuff. You've decided to become a lawyer, you have a goal, and you're on your way. What if you treated your writing the same way? Only because there is no "law school" for writers doesn't mean you cannot or should not take it as seriously as any other person would take their career. So? If you don't have time to write, find other people who do the "boring stuff" for...

Another one about why Rejection is good for you

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] I've heard of many writers hiding their work. They spend hours and hours on working on something they love and I would bet that most of them at some point want to become a "real" writer (who gets paid). But what they do is, they are afraid to get their work out there because they feel vulnerable. They are afraid of being critiqued, maybe not liked, and all sorts of other stuff. Also, many of them state they are afraid of being "ripped off", that someone might steal their idea. Of course it would be nice to have instant success, that your story is that one in a million that makes you rich and famous overnight. But maybe that's not going to happen. Maybe you will be getting bad feedback, maybe a lot of people will reject your idea, maybe you're not going to be an instant success (however you might define success for yourself). But think about that for a second. What does it mean to be rejected, to get "bad feedback", as you might call it? - It means you are getting your work out there, you are taking the necessary steps that every writer before you, who is now successful, has done - It means although it makes you feel vulnerable, you're still doing it - It means that your wish to become a great writer is stronger than your fear of rejection - It means that you do have a chance at success, whereas if you never show your work to anyone you...

Recipe for more Creativity by being lazier

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] Remember those times (usually the evening before a deadline or before you had to turn in your homework in school) when you needed to get writing work done and it just wouldn't flow? And the less it would flow the more it would stress you out? Until you force yourself to just do the next step and the next step in the next step… And every step of the way is true pain? And then when you've finished, later, when you're brushing your teeth, or you're on the toilet doing your business, or about to fall sleep… You have the greatest idea about how you could've done it a lot better? That's because you tried to do all the work by yourself. You don't have to. That's what you have your greatest ally for. And if you make good use of that ally the actual workload that you have to do will reduce to a fraction. That ally that I'm talking about is your subconscious. The moment you learn how to harness its power you will be much more creative in a lot less time. Here is how it works: 1. Jot down your thoughts about whatever subject you are working on. Whatever comes to mind, without judgment. Just put it on the page. 2. Do something else and don't think about it anymore. Go to work, go for a walk, do your shopping, hit the gym,… 3. Come back to your notes and sort out what is useful and what isn't. Take down some additional notes that come to...

Why rejection is your friend

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] You really should start to embrace rejection! Really, I mean it! And here is why: A while back I had a colleague. She was from another country, so German was her second language. (This took place in Austria). When she found out that they planned to let her go, she was totally relaxed. When I asked her about it, she told me she knew she was good at job interviews so she was confident she would get another job soon. That is something you don't hear very often from people. Being let go for many is a frightening experience. She went on: She had been frightened and nervous in job interview situations before, so what she did was she decided to get good at it. She would apply for job after job after job, just to see how far she would get. She didn't even want those jobs, for her it was just training. One of the companies she applied for even had her fly to Istanbul for one of her interviews. It would have been a high-paying job in the oil industry. She turned it down. Anyway. Having gone through all of those experiences, being interviewed for a job came so natural to her, she wasn't afraid of it anymore. It had become second nature. The result? She found another job in no time, even though she had the disadvantage of another language. The moral of the story? If you've been rejected so many times that you realize it has nothing to do with you personally and it's just part of...

Are You the Master or the Slave?

[aweber listid=5577877 formid=1766784075 formtype=webform] I see writers of all kinds talk about this all the time: "The fear of facing the blank page!" I have never understood it and I never will. And here is why: The page, be it blank or non-blank, is just a tool. It is your playground. It is a placeholder for the world, the characters, the emotions, the satisfaction, the thrill, the worry, the love,… That you, the writer, are and will be creating. It is there to help you. It should serve you. Not the other way round. Don't give it more power than it deserves. At the moment you sit down in your chair and face that page, you decide with what emotion you are doing that. Are you afraid of the page? If you are, how do you think you can master it, make it your own, use it for YOUR purpose? Or: Are you confident that you can fill that page with great stuff that is going to please your readers? Are you thankful that page is there to help you and serve you get the best version of that story (or whatever it may be) out into the world? Do you see how the power dynamic changes instantly? You should be the master, the page should be your slave. How do you get to that state? Learn to control your emotions instead of letting your emotions control you! How to learn to control your emotions:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the...