This morning, I finished reading a book called, “The Art of Work – A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant To Do” by Jeff Goins.
Just like with everything else in life, when I find something great, I like to share so that others can enjoy and benefit from it too. I originally downloaded this book on my Nook app for my tablet and when I was half-way through, I bought a hard copy to share with my family. I wanted my husband and my kids to read it. Right now, my husband is about a third of the way through and said, “I think I’m going to see if I can get this on audio. It’s really good!”
Yes, it IS that good!
That’s why I’m sharing it on my blog today. So, you may be asking, “What makes this book so great?” It’s hard to explain other than to say it helps give you a good perspective on life in general.
It’s not just a self-help or motivational book. If I could compare it to anything, it’s like someone who cannot see well and is groping around looking for the door and someone hands them a pair of glasses that helps them clearly see the door so they can walk through it.
I will give you an example. Looking back on my life, I can now see I was always a writer. The clues were always there, I just didn’t see them. It wasn’t until I was much older, I realized it was my calling.
Examples of clues during my life – Going all the way back to Kindergarten, I remember keeping about 5 or 6 kids on the playground mesmerized with my “ghost story” I made up about the scary looking shack behind a house next to the school. When my friends and I played pretend, I was the one who came up with the scenarios we would all act out (it was always very soap opera-ish and dramatic). In high school, I neglected to read a book for an oral book report that was due. When the teacher called my name, I made up a book on the spot, complete with protagonist, plot and review as well as a fictional author (I do not recommend doing this, but I did get an A on that report).
Because I loved movies and becoming other people, I grew up thinking I wanted to be an actress. Later, I went to school and received my BFA in acting. One semester I took directing and it was like an entirely different world. I loved it. In working with the actor, I was able to put him into a scenario which helped bring out a great performance. I did not realize I was being watched, but a graduate student approached after watching me work and said, “You’re really great at this!” I let that go and after graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of acting.
Needless to say, there is a plethora of people wanting to work as actors in films and even when you do get a job, there is plenty of down time between filming. I used my down time to read books. I was reading a lot of books. Sometimes as many as 3 or 4 a week. My preference at the time was romance novels and I devoured them. It was during this time I made the fateful realization, “I could write better than this!”
That is the day it all began. I started writing. At first, all of my writing was done by hand in a notebook. Later, I bought a computer and continued to learn more about the craft of writing. I joined Romance Writers of America. I started reading a romance magazine called, “Romantic Times” and found they were going to have a conference for readers and writers. I went and was paired with a roommate who ultimately was responsible for me meeting my husband. That is another story for another time.
I was very close to getting published, then life happened. I met my future husband, got married, had children and writing was left behind. Now it’s back. I’ve rejoined RWA and I’m writing again. So far I’ve completed a Middle Grade Fiction book (which I hope becomes a series) and am writing a romantic trilogy (sort of in the vein of a Jackie Collins novel) and I am seriously considering taking one of my old manuscripts, dusting it off and submitting it for consideration.
I also have script ideas and would love to learn that craft as well.
Looking back, I was always meant to be a writer. The stories are inside me. They always have been. Characters talk to me and won’t leave me alone until their story is told. This book just clarified for me what I’ve always known.
If you have been struggling to find your purpose, your path, your true calling, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.
Have a blessed day!
My husband is very political. It’s in his blood. It’s his passion and he loves it.
Me? Not so much. It’s just too negative and I choose not to participate in the negativity. And it’s ALL negative, no matter which side of the aisle you find yourself.
That said, he shared an article over the weekend that was political in nature, but at the core, there was a good message for all of us.
Discarding the political slant of the article, my mind kept dwelling on this section from Real Clear Politics:
Long before Donald Trump made his first foray into Las Vegas real estate, I had an unsettling experience gambling in a downtown Vegas casino. The cards were falling my way until late at night, when I began making subtle mistakes. My stack of poker chips, once piled high, dwindled. Ahead a few thousand dollars at one point, I cashed out with little more than my original stake.
I slept fitfully, and in the morning called my father, who grew up in Nevada and is also a gambler, to relate the previous night’s turn of events. He asked me a single question.
“Were you tired?”
“Yes,” I said. “I got up very early in the morning, traveled here, and played cards until after midnight.”
“That explains it,” he said. “You lost because you wanted to lose.”
“No,” I said. “I hated losing.”
“Of course you did, but your body needed sleep,” he said. “Your body knew that the only way it could get you to quit playing and go to bed is if you lost your money. You’re lucky you didn’t lose everything.”
That was how I learned how powerful our subconscious desires can be.
Think about that story for a minute. Think about how strong your subconscious mind can be and how your subconscious will direct you to make decisions and choices to align with your subconscious beliefs about yourself.
Dedicated to losing weight, yet you find yourself saying yes to that bag of chips or slice of pie? You’ve told yourself you’re going to get in shape, yet find reasons to not exercise? Determined to succeed in your business, but find yourself spending time doing everything else except working on your business?
That’s your subconscious mind at work.
Despite what you say you want on the outside, your mind has preset itself because of years of messaging to stay right where it is and not move. This is why many lottery winners find themselves back to being poor a few years after buying that winning ticket. Their subconscious mindset is still hooked on poverty and not prosperity.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, succeed at business or change your life for the better, you must conquer your subconscious mind. How can you do that? By reprogramming it!
Here are just a few suggestions:
1. Create a vision board and put it somewhere you can see it every day.
2. Write your dream life story in a journal as though it is the present and read it every day.
3. Say daily (and nightly) affirmations to yourself.
4. Read self-help books (read at least 30 minutes of a self-help book every single day).
5. Practice “Do It Now” – Don’t let an excuse get in the way of your goals. Just “Do it now!”
6. Listen to affirmative, positive cd’s while driving in the car instead of mind-numbing radio.
7. Pray. Ask God to help you move into a new mindset in order to become all He intends you to be.
Have a blessed day.
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I have been pondering that question ever since I listened to one of Darren Hardy’s Daily Darren videos. Why do some people succeed and others do not?
From what he said, it has to do with tenacity and follow-through. Think of all the people who set weight loss goals at the beginning of the year. They have great intentions and vow to eat healthy, exercise and finally lose that extra weight.
Yet, usually by March, they are still eating crap and not working out. Why?
They simply do not follow through with their plans. You can have the best plan in the world, but if you don’t take action on that plan, then you will get nowhere.
Everybody starts out great, but over time, their commitment to continue wanes. They choose comfort over success.
They choose the path of least resistance.
Think about anything you have tried in the past and ended up failing. Did you learn from your failure, adjust and keep going, or did you quit trying. Maybe you didn’t quit suddenly. Perhaps you just started giving it a little less effort, a little less time and a little less attention until you weren’t giving it any attention at all.
Last night I was on a business builder call with a leader in my organization. She spoke about how so many people spend their time getting everything ready to pull the trigger, but then never take action. They buy the books. They organize their desk. They research. But they never take action.
They are not committed to their success. This really hit home with me. I want to help other women live better lives, but other than building my business over the internet, I have not been taking consistent action on a daily basis to get to the next rank.
I vowed last night that was going to change. I’m going out today and every day for the next 90 days. My goal is to be ahead by 2 ranks by August 31.
I know others have been able to do it. I can do it too. I just need to be consistent, tenacious and actually do what I say I’m going to do.
I cannot use my children, time, money or anything else as an excuse. I will get this done.
I pray all of you find success in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue.
As in all things, pray about it, dream big, set goals, take action and don’t quit.
Have a blessed day.