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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
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  • Gain more energy!
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  • See real results with your writing!
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To your success,

You may dream of writing one day for profit. However, most writers do not write because of the money that can be had… Writing happens for a totally different reason.

Writers are often a crazy bunch. Aristotle, the deepest of thinkers once said, “There is no greatness without a mixture of madness.”

Hemingway, Joyce, Poe, Tolstoy—and now you can lovingly add Carrie Fisher to the list—all were deemed as mentally disturbed or challenged.

An author does not simply come by the words he or she writes. They are given with fervor of escapism. Any poet can tell you that the words are not his own, but that of a deeper, more sinister being or beings living inside their body. I know this to be true as I look at some of my own writings—the words do not sound like me yet I wrote them.

Writing is a calling heeding to the inner consciousness within us. For instance, when unable to express in paragraph formation I would be able to write in poetic form and fashion. Hence, I was then able to communicate my feelings clearly and in a more beautiful way.

The following is a poem I wrote after being set free from a personal relationship. The words needed and wanted to come out and this is the only way they could, so I relented. I consider this piece one of my finest works.

The Silence of the Sages

As I listen to the silence of the sages, their wisdom unfolds like the wings of a bird taking flight. The noise of the wind beating against the strong feathers grows loud; so loud that when the bird catches the breeze to soar, the silence is deafening!

The pressure in my chest feels as though an anvil lays across it.

But then I hear the eagle’s cry and the truth is now known.

It is the wind shearing as I fly to freedom!

The leather strop that held me to the stone is now severed. My keen eyes see the weight, the burden of that stone and how heavy it was!

I now know the power existed all along to cut me from that weight.

Love in its purity and beauty too has the unmistakable power to set all things free.

The silence of the sages has always been a great teacher.

© 2011 Peggy Lee Hanson

[This I must share. After pasting the poem in place above, I heard the cry of an eagle! Thank you for that beautiful validation!]

Life events is the catalyst to writing content it. It’s how we know as writers what to write. The book I’m now working on—my 4th—is about how I had to change my thinking. And in so being the person I am today I had to change my thinking to overcome the obstacles and obscurity in my life. I also had to change my internal belief system.

What is also interesting about writing this book is that, at times, I am not in charge of the words being committed to paper. I am directed as to what to say. The inner voices of wisdom and understanding are guiding me… It is definitely one of a true spiritual journey.

If I wanted to become an author I knew I had to sit down and write. I had to silence the voices. Writing their words is the only way to quiet my mind and their shouting! I now know what their those crazy writers before me had gone through and why they never stopped writing. They had to.

Writing is a calling—just not a task you may expect at all to be.

To your success,

 

 

 

 

“Writing means never having to be alone.”


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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.

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To your success,

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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.

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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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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

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

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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