“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 think so.”

And I did and it started with a first small step. What I discovered was that those 15 mins 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 truly discover what it is you really enjoy doing more than anything else–something that if you had to do it for the rest of your life–you’d look forward to each day, and your passion wouldn’t feel like a job and most likely discover what you’ve been put on this Earth to do. When you discover what it is you like doing, then begin with a plan and work toward that goal. And don’t think you have to accomplish everything RIGHT NOW.

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

Don’t look back. Keep your eyes on the road and believe that you can do it.

“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 for why we can’t do something because we’re human. But anyone can get past this hump. I use to be a doom and gloomer but it’s miserable down there. 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 I wanted to achieve and instead of looking back thinking I can’t do it, I started looking forward thinking I can. If we stay focused, we can accomplish great things.

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Be like them:

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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? Go HERE now! It’ll change your life!

Passion and Faith

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Courtesy: bigstock.com/Who can comprehend the mysteries of the universe but God alone?

While continuing my agent search for my MG fantasy, I’m in the process of learning how to create digital book covers to ePub some of my children’s stories. I’ve never pursued graphic design because writing became my dominant passion, but I like it.

My other passion other than writing is encouraging people. We’re never too old to accomplish our goals and dreams.

I’ve been thinking lately how passion and faith sort of go hand and hand. Our passion becomes a reality when we have faith to know that we can attain our goals. We cannot allow ourselves to be weighed down by the world’s cares; we must have faith to look beyond the obstacles to the path that lies beyond them.

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“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2.

Since no one is perfect, (ugh) God’s grace helps us recognize our shortcomings in order to help us begin the process of peeling the layers, and eventually eliminating them from our lives. When we finally win the victory and lay them down, then the weight is lifted and we can move forward in freedom without the pesky weight that sometimes envelops us. But faith gives us the strength to keep moving.

How do we get more faith? First and foremost: “So then, faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~Romans 10:17

Believing in things that we can see isn’t really faith. Believing in things we can’t see is faith. Blind faith. For example, if we’ve never seen our mother or father, we know that they exist. Our sight doesn’t determine their existence. Our existence determines their existence because we are the product and proof of their existence since they are the only vehicle in which we come into the world. So even if we never saw our mother or father, we’d still know they exist/ed. This is faith.

“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'”

Is it easy to believe in things we can’t see? No. But faith sprouts and grows through God’s word and eventually makes it into our hearts. This is what keeps passion alive. What do you think about faith?

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May you continue to follow your dreams, your desires, and your passion. I wish you all the very best on your road through life. If there is anything I am able to do for you, let me know. We’re all in this together!

~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,

 

 

 

 

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