How many of you have already made a list of your new year resolutions for 2011?
How many of you made a new year's list of resolutions at the beginning of 2010?
Have you taken out your list you made for 2010 and checked off all that you accomplished?
Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Did you believe you would accomplish those goals?
Since the new year is coming up and we want to make new resolutions and set new goals, lets talk about how much you believe in those goals.
It is one thing to have goals, desires and wants, but it is another to actually and truly believe you will accomplish and acquire them. Many programs offer this precept as the key to success. Say it, believe it, act upon it.
In the new testament of the Bible in the book of Mark, Jesus taught his disciples that if you say to this mountain to be lifted up and thrown into the sea and you do not doubt in your heart, but believe what you say will happen, then what you say will be done for you. (Mark 11:23)
Now moving a mountain sounds impossible doesn't it? But what you are told to do is simple. Okay, okay, it sounds simple. But is it?
When you write a goal or resolution. SAY it. Write it, sing it, draw a picture of it, find a photo of it. These are all ways to SAY it. This part is easy. But be sure you say exactly what you want. Don't be vague. Don't say I want to lose weight. Say I want to lose 10 pounds.
If your goal is to be published, say it. Be specific. I want to be published this year by Love Inspired Avalon or Thomas Nelson, etc. Or if you want to complete a manuscript (or two or three) Say it. I will complete the manuscript_______. Be specific. Name a date. Name the title, etc.
Always be positive about what you say. Before I was published I hated the question when people found out I was a writer. "Are you published?" Aaargh. But I heard at a workshop not to say no. Instead I found positive ways to answer that dreaded question. "I will be soon." or "I have a manuscript proposal on an editors desk." or "I've submitted already and am waiting to hear." These are ways to SAY the goal, answer the question honestly and do not diss yourself.
Don't catch yourself saying negative things like--its impossible to get published. Or I'll never get published. Or I'll never finish this book at the rate I'm going. Or I'm never going to lose these last ten pounds. What will happen if you say these things and believe them?
Now here comes the difficult part to this formula.
You absolutely must BELIEVE it. You must believe it to the core. You must believe it so that there is absolutely no doubt in your mind that you will achieve your goal or accomplish your resolution. This belief sets your path into action to achieve what you desire.
There are many ways to help you truly believe.
You can visualize the end result. To lose weight, I follow the precepts of the Prism Program. One of the first things they have you do is find a picture of yourself with the desired weight you want. Every day I am to look at that picture at least two or three times and repeat the affirmation that this is the right weight for me.
Do you see what they had me do? Say it. Visualize it. See it. This will lead me to eventually believe it. And when I do, as promised, I will achieve my goal. As soon as I stop saying it or visualizing it, I fall off the wagon and don't accomplish the goal. Those of you who have ever tried to lose weight know how easy that is. Believing is the hard part.
A friend of mine had the goal to be published. She not only wanted to be published, but she wanted to be a best selling author. She made covers for each one of her manuscripts and placed them around best selling novels she had read. She put those novels on her bookshelf labeled Best Sellers. Do you see what she did? She saw her goal. She said it. She believed it.
Another thing she did was to make a giant poster for her office and she put photos on it of authors autographing their books. Yep, you guessed it. She used photoshop and put her face on those authors signing their books. She put photos of contracts with the name of her manuscripts on them, etc.
These are techniques to help you get to the beleive part of your formula to success.
There are many books out there that teach you how to use the power of positive thinking. Google positive thinking and see what happens.
We have some many Seeker posts on the subject.
Quest--for What? by Audra Harders.
Everything is Possible by Myra Johnson
Seeking Positive Influencers by Ruth Logan Herne
Ode to an Eternal Optimist by Tina Radcliffe
New Years Writing Resolutions by Camy Tang
We have many books to refer to on developing this skill.
There's the old standby The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Who Dares Win by Bob Mayer
And as I said before, Google has a list of thousands.
Are you ready now to make those new year resolutions and set those goals?
Any of you have any helpful hints on how to stay positive? How to come to believe?
Write them in the comment section and be placed in a drawing for two debut Seeker books by authors who persisted in their goal to be published.
They said it.
They believed it.
And here they are. woo hooo
What a way to start the new year.
I'll be giving away a copy each of The Rancher's Reunion, a debut novel by Seeker Tina Radcliffe and Rocky Mountain Hero, a debut novel by Seeker Audra Harders. Winners will be announced in the first Weekend Edition of the year 2011.
Happy New Year everyone.