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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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workshop-photoIt happened last week.

You may have heard that I launched a new division to my company. The idea was delivered in a true divine inspiration sort of way. I took all the right actions to move forward: purchased the URL, created the Facebook Fan Page, wrote a blog post to announce the arrival, and much more. The launch had been very successful.

What also happened last week was this: I was to give a speech for my local Toastmasters club. The project I’d chosen was from the Storytelling manual, “The Moral of the Story.”

I researched via Google stories on morals; you know, like the Hare and the Tortoise, in that you never want to take your opponent for granted because she may just beat you at your own game.

Finding a few stories that piqued my interest, I never heard of them before; so I’d have to learn the story fast–as it was only a few short hours before my speech! Eek!

You can’t do this! There’s no time left! What are you going to do? You can’t do this!

Yep. That was me. Hard to believe, right? Miss Positivity?

Well, I knew I had to pull it and me together. The voice inside changed.

You can do this! You can write books and posts in record time! You can write a 7-minute speech, for gosh-sakes!!

I then went back to the manual to read the objectives for the speech. It was possible to take a moral and create my own story. And so I did.

The speech was a success. I received laughs and chuckles. But when it came to the moral —– I forgot the words!!!

“It’s one thing to propose, it’s another to execute!”

Amen, Sister! Amen!

To your success,

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Your Story Must Go

let-story-goThe other day I posted the image you see at the left on my Courageous Women Publications Facebook page.

“before you tell your story, you must first let your story go….”

I had been asked to “talk more about what ‘letting your story go’ looks like,” therefore, below is my response.

It’s been nearly six years since my story happened—one of many. And I thought I was ready to share it and the lessons taught. But when first asked all those years ago to talk about the details and why I felt so strongly in relating my story, I stumbled with the words.

Because of my inability to steadfastly voice my thoughts, feelings, and new-found wisdom, I didn’t come across very convincingly with what I was attempting to convey to the other person who asked the question.

Another time, and during a speaker’s training, I was telling a different story—the one where I had just lost my mother-in-law from a brain hemorrhage. While on stage in the midst of the story, one of the training leaders yelled for me to stop. His words burned, “Who is gonna wanna listen to that?”

Well, of course, I was hurt and devastated; however, I was not deterred. I politely and gracefully received his advice and left the stage.

With the wounds freshly in place, I remember thinking to myself, I will not let this guy who doesn’t know me take away my story—it’s a good story!

As the training progressed, however, the realization set in that that story wasn’t the important one to tell. The better story was the one where after twenty years of loyalty, with the same company, I had been released due to a merger acquisition.

And now, back to the beginning of this post and the inability to tell my story. I not only had trouble relaying the events, but when the time came to share the wisdom gained since, I still couldn’t audibly and intelligently share those pearls.

I was still too close and attached to what transpired. I was still in pain. I was still angry—although I said I really was not. When asked by marketing and business coaches why I wanted to start a business about helping those in transition and what that looked like, I got defensive.

Can’t you see how important it is in helping someone who just lost their job? Don’t you understand that there is a great service I can bring to those who now hurt as I had?

“Let go of your story.”

I don’t know how many times I heard this throughout other trainings I’ve had. But I just couldn’t let the story go; it was a part of me; it shaped who I am today; I do what I do because of that story!

Training is good to receive; however, when conveying a message such as why you should not hold onto your story, especially while building a business around it, is imperative for the student to understand one piece that will change everything.

I hadn’t heard that lesson, or completely missed it if it was presented at all.

Here’s what must be let go: the closeness of the events that ripped your heart out.

Once I distanced myself from feeling the emotional ties that which bound me to the situation, I was better able to discuss the reasons why I wanted to help women succeed after losing a job, or their kids went on to college, or they simply desired a change.

Once I processed the pain, the anger, the loss experienced due to the event, I could stand back and take a really good look—not unlike an out-of-body experience—and see where I needed to go with the business, how to make it all come together.

Do the emotions still arise and take me back to that time? Of course; and it’s expected, and also welcomed. The time remains fresh enough so I can create programs for my clientele to continually help them process their emotions and pain. I am now able to tell my story because I’ve let the pain of the story go.

Letting go takes time and work; it is not an overnight or two- or three-day fix. But if you can go deep within and fully process the hurt, anger, and pain, your story becomes a powerful vehicle to take those you were meant to serve on a journey to heal their wounds.

It’s all about the release and getting free of the chains that bind us.

Before you tell your story, let your story go.

If the words struck a nerve, I’d love to hear how in the comments below. If you feel others may benefit from this post, please share via the social media buttons below.

To your success,

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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

Rainbow to Field of Poppies and LupinesYuk!

Now, don’t get me wrong here. Today is the first day of what’s left of your breathing existence. The famous quote was simply stuck in my head until I let it out—and the commentary after it!

I examine why this sarcasm occurred.

Perhaps it is because it is very early in the morning as I sit down to write this post and I have not yet had my coffee.

Maybe it’s because the quote is overused and abused.

Or it could be that I’m in that kind of mood.

I choose the third reason.

When I first woke this morning (at 5am) I thought to myself, “You have two more hours.” But then, my mind began to churn with the tasks I want to accomplish this day, and I could sleep no more. These churning thoughts, however, were like sweet butter and not a sour stomach.

So why did the latter seem to be the case for my less than positive commentary? I’m working on it… I’m working on it.

As I search my inner world for the answer, what I hear is this: it got you the intro you needed to begin today’s writing. Nothing more. Nothing less.

OK. I can accept that because here I am, over 200 words later!

Authentic articulation. The words that come from deep within that talk to you, speak with you, let’s you know what’s going on at the soul level.

I love to sit in my comfy chair, my netbook (mini-laptop) comfortably in my lap, fingers poised on the keys, and with my eyes closed as I begin to transfer the free-flowing thoughts of my mind onto the screen. I take no care to create new paragraphs, grammar, spelling, or content. I stop when the mind has emptied.

Unconscious writing in this manner becomes a conscious exercise in reaching understanding of your Self. I liken it to a form of meditation, yet one that asks for the noise, the inner chatter so that when all is said and done, your mind is silent, spent in its thoughts, and open to let in the wisdom.

A few writers prefer to take pen in hand to write; I do too. However, I use handwriting for a different effect, especially when new ideas pop into my head a mile a minute. It is quicker to write in my business journal and in a circle or square or how I picture those thoughts.

What practices do you have when it comes to writing? I’d love to hear about them.

To your writing success,
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“If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it—I might be writing in my dreams.” ~Danzae Pace

What it means to be a writer

The best part of being a writer is to create your own reality in your own world using your own words.

During a flight where blessed to have been seated in First Class, the woman next to me verbally displays her displeasure at the temperature of the cabin. I can understand her reality. It was a bit warm.

What I do is to make every attempt to change up my thinking when an unpleasant situation arises.

“I am fine. I am cool (in more ways than one!). I am calm. I am collected. I am blessed.”

You don’t hear many people these days share how grateful they are to fly the friendly skies. However, you do not hear that from me. As a writer, I am forever grateful at the ever-producing fodder that my fellow passengers offer up.

I look out my window and see the mountain ranges of Pennsylvania—OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthey are a beautiful deep green, with pointed peaks and valleys between them. I relish the beautiful sights at 27,000 feet below my ship; the wispy white clouds hanging over the mountains, following a path of their own making.

“…following a path of their own making.”

Do you have a path that you follow? Is it one of your own making or is it of someone else’s idea of what you should do? I’d love to hear about your experience, so please share below!

To your writing success,

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New brain cells were created today!

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Well, the site is finally coming together.

What do you think of the design? I’m not certain of the pink flowery spinners for the date holder; however, I really like everything else about it!

Today was a really productive day for me… I attribute that along with yesterday’s productivity success by being back in routine. Waking early, dressing and going for a walk, meditation upon return, only perusing email, and then settling in to write, create, or develop the most important item(s) for the day.

I declared to add at least one component daily to the website for this week and today I completed three: the opt-in form, the file for viewing or download, and this post. Pretty. Darn. Cool.

Even though I’m technically brilliant (really close to it anyway—ahem), new programs are a fun challenge to me. WordPress will be exceptionally so; however, if I can learn to navigate the behind-the-scenes of Linux operating system, I can conquer blogging programs.

Tomorrow will be another productive day: my stove will get fixed so I can cook and bake again!

I still have plug-ins to upload for commentators, so perhaps those will get activated tomorrow, too.

What new things are you trying? Did you know that when you learn new things that new brain cells are created? Pretty amazing stuff all around us.

To your success,
PeggyLee

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