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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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  • Gain more energy!
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  • 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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Rethink being grounded!

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As an entrepreneur or business owner, what have you accomplished? Meaning, how successful have you been launching a product or service? Have you made hundreds of dollars? Thousands? You’re on track for the coveted 7-figure business?

If you’re not making the money you want, perhaps you need to break free from your current model and/or partners. They may be the very thing that is holding you back!

If you were on your own, what would you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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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Will what I write be read?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s eight-thirty in the morning. The writer sits at her computer and pounds the keyboard with fingers that miraculously type out words, seemingly coming from the author’s brain. She quickly reads what she wrote to see if the sentence makes sense; it does. However, she wonders if anyone would be interested in reading what she wrote.

The answer to the above question is of course, yes; there are people who will not only read what she wrote, but who also need to receive the message, no matter how cryptic it may be! The reader will be able to decipher the text and gain the insight they need to hear at that given moment.

How often have you read a book for a second or third time only to glean a deeper sense or different meaning to a certain passage? Perhaps this has happened to you while watching a movie for yet another time. Your mind can take in a vast amount of information; however, it can only bring forth a few details at a time.

How often have you recalled an excerpt from a book that answered a specific question or related to a topic you may be writing about? You may not remember the exact words, but you know where to look. Your writing may have this same effect on your readers. They know they read or heard your astounding words of vision and insight and will return to your book or website to locate the wisdom once again.

While learning the ins and outs of becoming a desktop publisher, one instructor’s single thought has stayed with me throughout the years:

You don’t need to remember everything about this program; you simply just need to remember what can be done and where to find the “how-to.”

Isn’t that the answer to all questions of life overall?

What how-to’s do you reference? Please share them below.

To your success,
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Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

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Peggy Lee Hanson, personal transition guide and mentor, is expert at compassionately helping those suffering loss of any proportion, especially through unemployment. Using proven strategies and support, she teaches how to move quickly and easily through current or impending life-changing moments so that you can have the life you are meant -- and deserve -- to live.

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A day of epiphany 2014

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Today is a religious day of celebration, The Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men visit the Baby Jesus.

For me on this date in history, it has been marked with more personal revelations. Perhaps this has been by divine design?

This morning I awoke around 2AM and, knowing I would not go back to immediate slumber, began writing in my journal.

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world…”

You may be familiar with the tune sung by Barbra Streisand.

The realization that settled into my bones was one of being OK in needing others to help me succeed during my endeavors, no matter what they may be at the time. A few weeks ago, however, I remarked that I wasn’t really looking for a partnership where my business was concerned; I must do this on my own.

And then this thought struck me, one that I’ve said to many others along my growth path these past years: Just because you are in business for yourself, doesn’t mean you have to be in business by yourself.

People who have a team of people helping them to be successful are the luckiest people in the world!

This year my plan includes rebuilding the team that will assist in manifesting my dream of being a highly and well paid writer, so that I will achieve a goal of financial abundance, of which is the theme I chose for 2014. I will also become a practitioner of what I preach and mentor my clients to do: obtain, maintain, and retain the support necessary to receive what you seek!

Rome wasn’t built in day and neither was the Big U, what I call the Universe. It is my belief, as well, that those behind constructing either of those masses did not do it alone.

The message I have for you today, writer, mentor, coach, speaker, whoever you are or whatever you do, is to go find those who will build your empire, your Big U, so you too can be filled with financial abundance this year and every year to come!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please share below.

To your 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

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