“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?”

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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 🙂

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“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.

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Thirteen Things that Mentally Strong People Do Not Do

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I wanted to share some things for those who sometimes trod into Slumps-ville. I go through slumps, too, as a writer. Highs. Lows. Ups. Downs. Discouragement nags at us, and if we’re not on our guard, it could very well swallow us. It’s okay for a while as long as we get back up.

Writing fiction involves character development, writing great settings and having a good plot, and it’s having a satisfying ending that wraps the story up. Selling it involves perseverance.

We can all use a mental boost once in a while. I’d like to share ten things that radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, believes what it takes to have a mentally strong attitude. Some either love Mr. Limbaugh or hate him, but if you put him aside, his ten traits have some meaningful life lessons. His statements are in red, mine 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 interests. We must seek what it is we’re good at, and what our passion is. Then, take one step at a time to work toward that goal. Most of the time the road is long and dusty. It isn’t easy, but the winding path will lead you to the right place if you follow your heart to the end.

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~blessings

Debbie

http://www.debbie-erickson.com

 

 

 

Hi Everyone

I hope you are doing well.

I’m thrilled to announce my new website www.debbie-erickson.com, designed by Heather McCorkle from heathermccorkle.wix.com/heathermccorkle. Although the site is still a WIP, it’s finished and online. I think it turned out really well, and I thank Heather. She’s awesome. It was just what I had envisioned.

I will no longer have my wordpress.org site, but I’ll continue using daerickson.wordpress.com site for now.

You can check out my new site here:  www.debbie-erickson.com.

As always, thank you so much for following.

~blessings

Debbie

It’s a Virtual World

 

My husband tells me I live in a virtual world, but I try not to overdue it, however, it is important for your career. It’s part of the job. I wouldn’t say I live in this virtual world: I still have time for other stuff, and spending time with family and friends. 🙂

Though I’ve thought about this virtual world topic for some time, I wanted to post after reading an excerpt from Kristen Lamb’s eBook, Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World.

While I’ve been working to get my career from ground level to the next level, 🙂 I admit I’ve had Information Overload. Even so, I continue gobbling up as much information as I can because learning never ends. I’m afraid I’m going to miss out on some great tidbits of information. There are many great author websites with fantastic information. One is Joanna Penn’s site The Creative Penn. And Angela Ackerman’s and Becca Puglisi’s site at Writer’s Helping Writer’s. 🙂 I also find K.M. Weiland’s blog, Helping Writers Become Authors, very insightful. I recommend these sites for those seeking to learn the writing craft. It’s convenient now days to follow these websites from the comfort of your home, and easier than attending classes.

But do we stop long enough to take a break from it all? It’s easy to become overwhelmed with information and sometime we can lose sight of our own writing and journey. After several years of ingesting a lot of helpful information, try to take short periods of time to step out of your virtual world and go into solitary confinement where you can find pleasure in the little things. It’s healthy for your mind. There are so many voices in the world. Find some solitude and relax. Watch the world go by once in a while. You’ll probably walk away more refreshed with a greater perspective.

If you’re having a bad day, one of the most refreshing things to do is read the Old Testament Psalms. 🙂

What are some things you do to find solitude when you want to escape from the craziness of the world?

~Blessings

Authors/Writers, Published or Not, are Awesome

Hi,

As I think back over 2014 (struggling as I’ve worked toward my goals) I just want to say that authors and writers, published or not, whether working on a writing career, or writing for the joy of it to share with family and friends, are so wonderful and helpful. They never think twice about offering a bit of encouragement, offer advice, or give you free expertise. Authors and writers are some of the nicest people I know. Many take time out of their busy schedule to make a comment to one of your questions, and most won’t bat an eyelash when it comes to telling you their experiences on the road to publication so you can learn from them. Every successful author I know has a passion to write and a deep desire to help other struggling writers via their websites and sometimes in an email.

I believe many agents, as well, take time out of their busy schedules to give expert advice because they really do want writers to succeed. But what many new writers don’t realize is what’s all involved in the process of being published or how great the competition is.

My goals for 2015:

*  to reach out to successful author’s and secure interviews on how their career began, and how they climbed the ladder to publication success, whether in print, on the web, or epublishing. Every writer struggles at times, but it’s such a struggle for new writers because not are you writing your story, there is also so much to learn along the way, and so much competition. New writers who are serious about their craft need help and encouragement. If I can pass along some advice in order to shorten someone’s career to publication, or make the journey a little easier, then I’m looking forward to 2015;

*  get my new MG fantasy website up and running, which isn’t too far off. The theme will be fantasy-related. The web designer designing my site will be forthcoming soon;

*  to gain more knowledge on all-around marketing and branding;

*  to have my book trailer completed and up on my website in the near future;

*  to get some of my children’s stories up on Amazon;

*  and, to exercise and work out more. :0

I hope your year goes well, with very few bumps, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me in my journey, to follow your own heart, and reach your goals. I will try to help you along the way by passing along helpful information as it comes to me.

(The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Therefore, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” ~Proverbs 4:23)

Blessings,

 

 

 

 

Let Your Light Shine

As you step into the new year, on an unknown path, take a dream or two off the shelf of your heart, dust them off, and plant them in an eager world waiting for blessing from you.

I believe we were all born with a talent that is capable of changing our world in a positive way and it only takes the first small step to make a big difference in the lives of others.

May good health and blessings rain down on you this coming year as you (re)discover new possibilities that will allow your light to shine so that others can benefit from your talent.

Happy 2013!

Happy writing!

The Truth of the Matter . . .

 . . . Children are so full of wonder and curiosity, yet they look to us for survival: to meet their every need. They depend on us to show them truth in a world where truth is sometimes hard to find. They look to us to show them that life is worth living, that they can grow up and become all they are meant to be. Their hearts beg being seen by us, and their voices beg being heard through all the noise.

Do we love them for who they are~right where they are? How many times do we look them in the eye, and say, “You matter to me because . . . “

They love us unconditionally. Should we not love them the same? Do we show them that no matter how many times they mess up, we still love them?

Sometimes we can learn from them . . . “out of the mouths of babes.”

 

Sometimes . . .

Life can be compared to golf . . . sometimes you just need a mulligan.

 

Take Courage

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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.

 

 

Children . . . What a Gift

Children are precious. They come into the world, innocent beings, and trusting in their guardians. They grow up, eager to learn, gobbling up as much as their tiny brains can contain. The world is a great wonder to them and every child hungers for love, approval, and affection. But there’s also something else they need desperately: someone to believe in, and someone who believes in them.

Every child needs a hero, someone they can look up to, to trust with their lives, who won’t abandon them, who will love and accept them for who they are, right where they are.

They need an abundance of grace and mercy. Who doesn’t? When I hear of children who’ve been abused, my heart can barely take it. No child deserves it. They are “precious in His sight.” This is one of the reasons I write for children. To give them hope, and help them see that there is someone beside us who does care.

May we all guard our children, teach them right from wrong, protect them, and show them a good example. May we help them understand how important it is to guard their hearts against those who wish to hurt them.

May we all strive to give our children hope for better future than those who came before.