“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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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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“What are you going to do for the rest of your life?”

That is a question asked of us beginning when we are little, and which plagues us for the rest of our life. And for some of us, one that often goes unanswered for many years.

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From the time my older sister was five years old she knew that nursing is what she wanted to do. I’ve known other people who knew at an early age what they wanted to do. I, however, was not one of them.

At least not a profession.

I do remember as a six-year-old knowing that I wanted to be a mother, to have a child of my own whom to love. Having a husband, though, was not a part of the picture somehow.

As I grew older I don’t remember thinking much about having a family or anything else of what I wanted to do or be. When in Middle School (Junior High back in those days) I was told by my then music teacher I could be a great singer if I wanted and also if I practiced hard.

“But I don’t want to be a rockstar,” I thought.  And that was that.

As a teenager I began to journal small entries in a makeshift diary. I’m not sure that I kept it, yet I can still see and feel the bright purple and green flowers on the cover. I wrote a few poems and even created a song about a boy, which I played on my guitar.

Although naive and innocent, yet “coming of age,” I wrote a scathing dirty little book (sex scenes included!). I do know that I no longer have that book!

Writing became more and more a part of my life after that. I wrote for release, but also for fun. I would take a popular song and change the lyrics to accommodate a celebrated occasion such as a birthday or retirement of someone I knew. Unknown at the time, my older brother would do the same, rewrite a song. He and I are a lot alike.

You may feel as you write as if you are alone, but you really are not. For instance, while writing this first installment, I have been talking with you the entire time.

“Writing means never having to be alone,” has become my new tagline. What are your thoughts on that, or on this article, if you have any? Please share them below. I’d love to hear from you.

To your success,

 

 

 

 

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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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Simmer Until Done

Simmering

Recognizing where you are is the first step.

Allowing yourself to be where you are is the 2nd step.

Taking the time you need to find your happy place again is the next step…. at least that is what I’ve found my process to be.

And then reframe all negative thinking as much as possible.

Simmer until done.

This is the recipe I found myself following over and again that which proved successful.

Give it a try and let me know in the comments below how it worked (or didn’t) for you.

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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Courageous Women Publications

Another year, another vision. The other day I asked why, as I got more clear in my business plan and added more detail, the vision was growing like a snowball rolling down the hill.

Anyone who—and it may be you, too—has been in this same situation knows this scenario is exactly what happens when you get clear on what you want and love to do.

Now, my Communication Solution page has been up for nearly the entire year of 2014; yet, it was under my personal name. As more collaborators (you may call them clients) came to me, the more the idea came forward of actually naming the writing and publishing piece of my business.

Okay. No big deal. Right? At some point I would take time to think about a name.

But always seemed to put the entitlement on the back burner. Until one day in the shower…..

Yep. You guessed it! It was like a lightning bolt had shot through my body! Good thing I hadn’t fully soaped up yet, or I would have been on the shower floor!

The name given to house this part of my business makes perfect sense. The collaborators (all women thus far) who I’ve helped publish, no matter the task, have all been sent with a message of their own to share through the written word—and that doesn’t come without a bit of courage behind it (she said sarcastically)!

I will also share with you there has been a gentleman that approached me to publish his book, but he didn’t pan out. Sad to say. But that doesn’t mean another one won’t come along and allow me to help him spread his wisdom through the written word!

As I shared the banner design, I had been asked why the big letter “C”? It’s the beginning of the word “courage” and it’s bigger and bolder than the rest just for that very reason.

The background is like parchment, where valuable written words are stored.

The globe signifies all are welcomed. The line under “Women” may seem to be an underline, but it is actually the latitudinal line of the equator on the globe, encompassing all women from around the world.

Some say the banner gives them a traditional old-world feel; yet, also emits and evokes strength and hope of the future.

“Open up to the world, and the world opens up to you.”

It most certainly does. Ahhhhhh.

The website is not quite ready, but please visit the Facebook Page and, while you’re there, I’d love it if you’d “Like” it.

It’s going to be a great and busy time this coming year. This business component will not just be about launching new authors, but will also be about self-discovery, self-empowerment, and so much more!

I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to be on this journey, and to be the one called upon to deliver inspiration and encouragement throughout this wonderful world in which we live.

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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Happy Independence Day!

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