“You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start…

..but you have to start to be great.”  ~Zig Ziglar

I like Zig Ziglar. He was an author, a salesman, and a motivational speaker and such an inspiration. I guess you could say, he was a people builder. He says, success comes from hard work, and the work on yourself is first. Don’t just set goals…achieve them. Discover and hone your personal leadership style.

In order to achieve your goals, you must first begin and that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Years ago, I just couldn’t find time to write because life always seemed to get in the way. A good friend of mine, Diane, gave me some good, sound advice. Just start by spending 15 minutes two or three times a week and write. “Do you think you can do that?”


I said, “Yeah, I can.”

And I did and it started with a first small step. What I discovered was that those 15 minutes turned into 30 minutes, and 30 into an hour, and two or three times a week eventually turned into four or five. I discovered that the more I wrote (because it was my passion) the more I wanted to take the time and succeed.

When you discover what it is you really enjoy doing more than anything else–something  you’d enjoy doing for the rest of your life–you’d look forward to each day, and your passion wouldn’t feel like “a job” and more like a treat. Most likely you’ll discover what you’ve been put on this Earth to do. When you discover this then begin with a plan and work toward the goal in small steps or big steps. This is up to you.

“Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.” — Zig Ziglar

Keep your eyes focused on the road ahead and keep believing in yourself.

“If you wait until all the lights are “green” before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top.” — Zig Ziglar

We can think of a hundred reasons why we can’t do something. But you can get beyond this. I kind of use to be a doom and gloomer, but it’s  no fun. It’s not a place where you want to hang out.

“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.” — Zig Ziglar

I began focusing on goals and looking forward on what I wanted to accomplish. I still have more I’d like to accomplish.

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Be like these two 🙂


“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

Wanna get encouraged? Check this out HERE. It might get you revved up.


Thirteen Things that Mentally Strong People Do Not Do

Portrait Of Confused Girl Holding Two Books

I wanted to share some things for those who sometimes trod into Slumps-ville. I go through it, too. Highs. Lows. Ups. Downs. Discouragement nags, and if we’re not on our guard, it can swallow us.

Fiction writing is character development, plot, setting, characterization, and satisfying endings.

We can all use a mental boost once in a while. Here are 13 things that radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh believes can help you be mentally strong. I know, you either like him or you don’t, but setting this obstacle aside for a moment, they are an encouragement.

His statements are in red, my comments are in black:

  1. They don’t give away their power–they avoid giving people power to offend them. People will always offend us. Let’s not let it bother us, rather, allow them the freedom to speak their mind.
  2. They don’t worry about what others think. I’d only like to add, we should always strive to set good examples.
  3. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. They take responsibility for their actions and accept the fact that life isn’t fair. They quickly learn that no one is responsible for their lives but they, themselves.
  4. They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control. They can discern when there are things that are out of their control. 
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing others. Other people’s happiness and contentment is not our job or responsibility, however, we try to make peace to the best of our ability.
  6. They aren’t fearful. They aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe even if it means they are the only ones standing.
  7. They don’t dwell on the past. This one here is actually found in the Bible: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). What this means, is that we can’t keep looking back and expect to be productive as we move forward. We must stay focused on the road ahead. 
  8. They don’t make the same mistake twice. They learn from their mistakes.
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success. They cheer another’s success and give others encouragement.
  10. They don’t give up after a failure. 😉 They may fail time and again, but the secret is getting back up.
  11. They don’t fear time alone. They treasure peace. They draw strength and become refreshed when they take time to be alone. Peace of Mind wooden sign on a beautiful day
  12. They don’t think the world owes them anything. They work hard toward their goals and take pride in their accomplishments. 
  13. They don’t expect immediate results. This is a tough one, and I’d like to expand on this point. I’ve been guilty of this vital mistake. Things worth having are worth working hard toward and waiting on. I also must say, this comes from the Bible, too: “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” ~Palms 27:14

We are all called to pursue our purpose. We discover what it is we might be good at and then fine-tune it. One step at a time is the only way we can reach our dream. The journey can be long, but the winding path will lead you to the right place if you follow it to the end.

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Take Courage

This flag stands for freedom

This flag stands for freedom

Stand strong . . .

Never abandon your principles . . .

Take courage even when it’s hard . . .

Trust in God . . . if we do, we’ll never be disappointed.

May God bless America.



Don’t Give Up

What a fascinating experience to follow Dorothy and Toto to another world in the Wizard of Oz, and the special effects added to the excitement. If Frank Baum would have given up on his novel, the world would have never known Dorothy and her friends, or the Land of Oz.

The authors of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia also gave us an opportunity to experience the worlds of their imaginations. These are the stories inspired me.

Do what excites you, and you’ll have the momentum to see it through. If you do what you love, it isn’t work.

So, what are you waiting for? What’s your story? Give it to the world.

Happy writing!

Where Will Your Journey Take You?

Wherever that is, step out and take a step toward your goal. We don’t know where our paths will lead, what direction  we should go, or what tumult lies ahead, but not to fret, I’m confident that our paths will lead to new chapters and surprising wonders.

Follow your path and discover the opportunities that await you. Live life with meaning. Follow your heart, your dreams, reach for the stars, never give up. We’re all in this world together.

Keep striving to do your best and your best will find you.

And give someone a smile as if your life depended on it.

~blessings to you