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“I can’t seem to sit down and write.”

You have a job to do, an article to write, a page to create for a marketing client. But you just can’t get yourself seated into your soft, comfortable, cushy office chair on which you spent hundreds of dollars.

Excuse or reason?

Oh, do I sympathize with what you are going through! There have been several times where I have been unable to write. The words are swirling and twirling in my mind, and yet, feel stuck and frozen to move, much less set my butt down to get them out.

As recent as a few months ago, I was absolutely catatonic when it came to writing. A big project was due with a deadline looming. Granted, I set down the time schedule, but regardless, I needed to be current with my deliverables.

There are many factors when writing becomes this huge rock that can’t be moved. The factors are as individual as you are.

  • You are tired
  • “This” needs to get done first
  • Favorite show is on television
  • Your kids are fighting
  • Your spouse is making a fuss
  • You don’t like your client
  • You don’t like your client’s message
  • Your plant died
  • You’ve had too much wine
  • You are feeling depressed
  • You are depressed

Although these can be legitimate excuses for not getting the writing done, there is an underlying reason the brakes are applied. You just have to figure out the root cause.

Easier said than done.

What you can do.

Do you know of a parent who threw one of their children into a lake to teach them how to swim? Perhaps you were the child. Perhaps you were the parent! However, where writing is concerned, and with any task you feel forced to do, the “sink or swim” method, although, which can be helpful, is not recommended.

What I do suggest, however, is to:

  • Give yourself the benefit of the doubt
  • Acknowledge your feelings
  • Free-write in a journal
  • Meditate
  • Ask for spiritual guidance
  • Surrender to a higher power
  • Honor the work that you do complete

Add to this list as you see fit. I used all these to gain back the “wont to write.. But there was something else that worked, too, and in conjunction with the methods listed above.

The solution.

You can spend a lot of time in discovery. But you may not have that much time to spare. You need to get your writing work done NOW!

The key is the more often you write the better habit you develop. Notice that I did NOT say, “the MORE you write!”

For only minutes—not hours but MINUTES—each day you can ACHIEVE the goal set for yourself with WRITING your CONTENT!

How do I know this? Because I’ve been doing this process and now am able to…

BLAST BLOCKS TO SMITHEREENS!

Imagine a space where you can:

  • Be totally focused
  • Stay on task
  • Write your content in record time

I have a solution that just may be your ticket home!

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  • Consistently
  • Competently
  • Confidently

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  • Gain more energy!
  • Experience less stress!
  • See real results with your writing!
  • Be happier!

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To your success,

The Super Bowl XLIX Fiasco

footballMany football fans are screaming this morning because of a bad play-call by the Seattle Seahawks team in this year’s Super Bowl.

If you’re not a football fan, bear with me here.

The call was made to throw a short pass into the end zone for the touchdown score to win the big game.

The best laid plans…

What happened next was the other team, the New England Patriots, intercepted the ball, thus ending the game to their win.

Hindsight is 20/20; however, the Seahawks fans are quite upset that the team did not play it safe and give the ball to their best runner to take it into the end zone for the win.

Disappointment in others often leads to anger when we are let down.

Well, folks, decisions are made constantly, and really, with not knowing what the outcome will be. There is a fifty percent chance that the decision will go your way—and a fifty percent chance the outcome sours against you.

The Seattle fans wanted their team to play it safe, to take the sure thing—-yet, there were no guarantees that that play would have worked either.

I’m not certain of the strategy behind the call to throw versus to run, but I do wonder if Seattle thought New England expected the run, and wanted to surprise and outsmart the Patriots to win the game.

Who is to say the other play wouldn’t have resulted in a turnover as well? Short passes do work, short runs sometimes don’t.

When decisions are made and don’t work, be it in a football (or other sports) game, the game of life, or in your business, the important thing to remember is you did the best you could. You calculated. You planned. You plotted. You executed. You thought all deterrence had been averted. And then

BOOM!

What you do next is get up, regroup, re-plan, re-plot, and re-execute.

What you also do is celebrate the fact you got this far in the first place, and you did your very best.

I really hope the Hawks and especially, Russell Wilson, their quarterback, can focus on the great game he played, and once he found his groove, completed the most amazing passes to his receivers.

That is my hope for you, too, in whatever and all you do. Find your groove. Implement and complete your strategies. Play the best darn game you can!

What are your thoughts on the game?

To your success,

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compassionThis post is coming a few days late. First I was busy. Second, the Chopra website was down. Last, I had a deadline to meet. Yup. All excuses and not a single one a valid reason. But that’s another post for another day.

Regardless of being late I vowed—made a promise—to you my faithful reader that I would write and post 21 days—or installments—while going through the meditation process.

Today’s centering thought hits deep.

“My love and compassion are within.”

It hits deep because even though I missed a few days I had to feel compassion for myself and forgive the lateness of my writing. And when compassion is present love immediately follows.

Can you afford compassion today and truly love and let go the mistakes made or the promises you did not deliver on?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

To your finding power within,

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Today’s daily thought and meditation centers around the power within.

“My power and strength are within.”

When I registered for this meditation series a month ago, who knew that it would coincide and be synchonistic with the #FindingPowerWithin tele-series! I am reminded over and again how powerful the Universe is and just how connected we all are to it and to each other.

My hope is for you to know all you need, all that you require to live, love, and have joy and prosperity in your life is within YOU. Mentors can teach you how to reach the space where it lives, yet simply resting and getting quiet to allow the goodness to enter is the beginning of a beautiful and glorious relationship!

As you go through today, sit for a moment with your eyes closed — one minute or less will be plenty of time. When the voices come to you, silently and politely tell them you’re busy and will get back to them soon.

Peace, joy, love, and happiness to you, my friend.

To your empowerment,

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Today’s daily thought and meditation centers around happiness.

“I am the source of unlimited happiness.”

And I sure am! Are you?

The clouds keep hiding the sun today; however, they do not totally block out the warm rays. It is this way with happiness. Being happy has nothing to do with the outside world, but has everything to do with you on the inside.

You see, happiness is a state of existence. You can choose to be happy at the beginning, because that is a very good step to get you out of any hole you dug yourself into. Or you can simply be happy because that is who you are, and your circumstances does not beget your state of mind.

While dealing with my corporate nemesis, I chose to be happy regardless of her efforts to make me otherwise. And it worked! Not so much due to the fact that it irritated her I still could be in a great mood, but because I could be in a great mood!!

When you go into your Self, look into your Soul, and seek the truth, you will always find a bit of happiness waiting for you. Why? Because you don’t need to go looking for it any place else. It’s right there, in you.

What do you think about where happiness comes from?

I’d love to hear!

To your writing success,

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I’m serious… what would it look like? How might you feel?

Imagine an hour or even an entire day without saying one negative thing about any one person or any one situation—could you do it? Would you try?

Back in the 1990s I was faced with being in a corporate environment that was considered hostile due to a sexual harassment lawsuit pending. Talk about negativity and complaining! The two people involved were a good male friend and my nemesis, a female coworker.

I can’t go into the details of the case, but I can share with you that both parties were found at fault for creating a situation that clearly and quickly got out of hand.

This was a time when I had been learning more about myself, how to step back and be objective, and what I needed to do to become happy in the workplace. There were a few reasons why I wanted to travel this path.

Be happy both at home and at work. I loved being home with my husband and kids. I loved being with a few of my coworkers, but still wasn’t getting along with still another few. Something needed to change for me to be content in all areas of my life. It was while walking this path that I discovered I could not change how others perceived me—I could change in how I perceived them! Many find this little gem early in life; I, however, was to be a little older. Better late than never, they say!

Be a positive example and influence. Being in the union environment, I was acutely aware of stewards who did not seem to be representing their members judiciously; and I wanted to change that. But as I learned about how to be happy, I learned that living by example is the best influence anyone could have. I ran for my classification’s representative and won!

Succeed and exceed. If I rose above the clamor and clatter I just knew that I would excel in everything I wanted to experience and attempt. Paying attention to only what I was doing, how I performed my work to the best of my ability, being kind to everyone—including my nemesis—then I would go far; and indeed, I did. During those years in the corporate union environment, I became vice-president of our association and participated in company negotiations in the CEO’s boardroom, and was known for my quiet yet firm leadership.

With large aspirations, you must begin with small steps; and those steps begin with and live inside you.

What do you want to achieve in the short term? In the long term? Imagine the possibility of getting everything you dream of without one iota of whine.

Experts say that to change a habit—or to acquire one—you must be in continuous flow for twenty-one days. However, this expert says begin one moment at a time, then graduate slowly up to a day, then two, and work your way up to the three weeks. If you go full tilt on the habit-changing designated timeframe you may be setting yourself up for failure. For the one time you catch yourself not following the rules you set down, you may become so despondent that you do not wish to continue in this folly.

But here’s a fantastic bit of advice: you can start all over again as soon as you realize you messed up. Use no judgment, and simply begin anew right here, right now.

Are you ready to begin a life of no complaining? Try it on for size. I’d love to hear the results you experience.

To your success,

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“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

~Dale Carnegie

Should old acquaintences be forgot?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Tis the day of December thirty-first
When all ye lads and lasses
Are either blessed or cursed
With time that ultimately passes.

How did you fare in 2013? Will it be a year you looked on as one that was fun, exhilarating, and successful? Or will you perceive the past year as one you hope never to relive again?

If you are like most, a little of each may be in order.

Celebrate the moments of your life, but leave the past buried that which does not serve you.

What if you were to be told that the bad deserves to live on with the good? That the bad contributes to your growth and overall happiness?

My year was less than stellar; however, I am very grateful and thankful for everything that came my way. I have new direction. I have a new home. I have a new grandchild on the way. I have many new friends, acquaintances, business relationships. I am excited and hopeful for my future, my clients’ future, and my kids’ future!

As you may now know, writing is my first love. I have discovered that I want to help other would-be-writers to become published authors — just as I have become.

Ah, yes, the new year is full of brightness, joy, happiness, success; it is the year of my financial abundance–the theme I’ve chosen for 2014. This is the third year of this practice, each being a success in its own right. First was my visibility, joining Toastmasters, an organization to help with public speaking. The next year was honing in on prosperity; and clearly it was as I received income 11 out of 12 months from my business. So with this year, I can clearly envision not only my own financial abundance and success, but that of my clients, too.

I also dedicate 2014 to my writing, my personal ventures with words of wisdom to share with the world. For I am ready to forge ahead, making a path for others to follow, only to show that it can be done.

It is my intention that this column will be the virtual writing on the wall to help all writers of all types of content to make it through the blocks they may encounter; to celebrate their writing successes; and, if needed, to assist in getting their words of wisdom out into this big, beautiful world in which we live.

Please check out the pages above, especially the services I offer, and the latest Writing 101 eClass that begins this Thursday, January 2. Also be sure to download the writing attributes document if you are in need of inspiration, encouragement, and support with your writing.

Have questions or comments? I’d love to hear them!

To your writing success,

Peggy Lee

How does one use a muse exactly?

“Use your muse.”

“Get in touch with your muse.”

Portrait of a Muse.What is a muse and how does one use it and get in touch with it?

The other evening I had the extreme pleasure of conducting a call on how to get writing ideas out of your head or organize the notes to get them down on paper once and for all.

One of those steps cited was to “use your muse.” Use that very thing that gets you out of your head to begin the writing juices flowing again.

Recently on a weekend morning television show, comedienne and actress, Carol Burnett, was featured. She is one of the many women I admire and enjoyed watching over the years.

When Ms. Burnett saw the potential television would bring in the 1950’s, she wanted to be a part of that creativity. However, the producers told her she was “too big,” too loud for the small screen. As if that wasn’t enough of a slap, they told her variety shows were meant only for men to host.

As you may now know, Ms. Burnett did not listen to them and found a way to make her vision work; she persevered, kept going forward and was able to bring her creativity to the world.

Thank goodness! This world is a much better place from the laughter she brought to us on Saturday evenings via Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and so many more great entertainers!

Carol Burnett is one of my muses.

Using your muse can be done in many ways — it can help you to write or it can inspire you to keep going forward.

What or who is your muse? What gets the energy flowing for you to write — or simply to get the dam of ideas streaming again?

I’d love to hear about them.

To your writing success,
PeggyLee

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.” ~Amy Tan

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