“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

 

 

 

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!

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.

 

Where Will Your Journey Take You?

I think we all may have asked that question before. I have. I’m not sure where my journey will lead, but I do believe it will be exciting to discover. If you’ve read my About and What is Your Passion pages, then you know my passion is writing and creating.

So, my journey has begun. I don’t know where the paths will lead, what direction I am to go, or what tumult lies ahead, but not to fret, I’m confident that my paths will lead me to new chapters, and I’ll pass the forest wall into meadows of new and exciting wonders. And not only for me, but for you, too.

Come along and through the journey perhaps you’ll discover new opportunities and chapters for yourself. It would be a pleasure to have you aboard as we sail into new horizons. I’d like to see you discover your purpose for your visit on this planet and then live it with meaning and passion.

Follow your heart, your dreams, reach for the stars, and never give up. We are all in this world together, and we all need encouragement along the way–especially moms and dads, singles, divorced, teens who find themselves facing a mountain of obstacles, and well, we all need encouragement don’t we?

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

And try to smile even though it’s hard to find one some days.

~blessings to you