I FORGOT TO USE MY SPEEDBO BADGE!!!! EEEEEEK!!!!
You've heard this before. Zig Ziglar has a "Born to Win" seminar and the book that goes along with it. So what is it that makes us "born to win"? Luck? Chance? Fate? Destiny? Hard work? Industry? Paying people off to gain importance???
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. Zig Ziglar
I love motivational speakers. I love the kind who aren't afraid to hold a mirror up to your face and ask the real question: "What have you done to make your dream come true today?" Because, while months like Speedbo and NANOWRIMO are cool, and some of us do better with the crowd mentality, right now, right here, I'm not talking to a crowd.
I'm talking to you. Young, old, male, female, and the occasional cute dog and cat. (I think Patti Jo's cats REALLY DO READ SEEKERVILLE!!!)
You are knee-deep in the second week of a fun, motivational month geared toward creating new habits, good habits, work habits that enhance your writing career. (Either that or you're here for the GREAT VIRTUAL FOOD!!!! Double chocolate brownies coming your way!) But if you're honest with yourself, what makes this month different? Why are you able to achieve more writing time and higher word counts in March?
PREPARATION - SCHEDULING - SACRIFICE - STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
I know some of you cooked meals ahead, took care of taxes in February to free up March, caught up on winter projects so spring goals take hold and a great many of you have shrugged off television, facebook and even possibly reading to meet your March Speedbo goal.
EXTEND YOURSELF - SEE THE GOLD RING - REACH FOR THE STARS
My goal for you... if you're gutsy enough to accept it... is to make this your norm.
NOBODY BUYS A BLANK PAGE
NOBODY BUYS AN UNFINISHED BOOK
1. Raise your hand if you've made the commitment to get up early and write! (GO YOU!!!!)
2. Raise your hand if you've made the commitment to give up TV or most TV. (I'M PROUD OF YOU!)
3. Raise your hand if you've learned to either limit or avoid time-sucking-machines known as social media. (NOW WE'RE TALKIN'!!!)
4. Raise your hand if you've set a reachable but challenging daily goal and you're meeting it 80% of the time. (If you met 80% of your goal in Major League Baseball, we'd change your name to Jeter and have a parade in your honor!)
5. Raise your hand if instead of reading about writing, you put your butt in a chair and write! (Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout, people!)
Actions speak louder than words.
I'm from the "SHOW ME" state. (State-of-mind, that is!)
"90% of the game is half mental." (Yogi Berra)
"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
"There is no try. There is only do or do not." (Yoda)
From Zig Ziglar: "Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now."
That last one is brilliant and wide-ranging. It works for diets... (the cookie now vs. the healthier body in four weeks) It works for raising children (you want peace and quiet now, but giving in to little demands sets the stage for much bigger ones later on.) It works for our jobs (working into your lunch or twenty minutes over today, makes your tomorrow more productive) It works for dating! (why settle for less than what God wants you to have? I love this song, it speaks to this beautifully!)
The words "He can change the way you look at this big world"... Love 'em.
It is never too late to step out, step forward, start over. If your first ten days weren't perfect, well heck. Mine, either! But we don't let that stop us.
We pull ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again.
Today is the FIRST day of the rest of your life: What you do with it is strictly up to you!
Stop in, grab a brownie and leave a comment to be tossed in the new, patterned cat dish for a $25 Amazon card, a gift from me to you to use as you wish!
Because I'm proud of you, and that's what Seekerville's all about, my friends!
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