23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed


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“23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed” by Joan Y. Edwards

Most of the information in this blog post came from a handout Copyright © 1988 from Bjorn Secher Achievement Systems in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1988. I’ve reworded some of it to make it more meaningful.

You are today where your attention has brought you.
 You will be tomorrow where your attention takes you.
You cannot escape the result of your attention.
Attention is your most vital tool…Bjorn Secher

Is your focus scattered with distractions? I’ve had a little trouble focusing my attention lately, too. So I thought I’d read over notes I saved from Bjorn Secher. He was an expert in focusing attention in the 1980s. Reading these ideas might help you focus your thinking and feelings to achieve your goals.

Thought is the key to your success — and thoughts start from a single source…your attention. For increased health, happiness, and success, a change in your attention is essential. In the following, review how your attention influences every moment of your life.

Write 3 of the following statements that appeal to you on a 3″x 5″ index card. Refer to it 10 times a day for a month. It will help to activate your self-awareness and thereby automatically instigate positive behavior changes. Attention is the flow of your thoughts, consciously or unconsciously, in one direction or another, either positive or negative.

  1. When you focus your full attention on something with your thoughts and your emotions, you give it strength, energy, and power. It automatically becomes your priority.
  2. What you relate and identify with becomes your reality, positive or negative, depending on the focus of your attention.
  3. Any road can become a scenic route, depending upon your attention.
  4. Your attention creates the way you perceive the world around you.
  5. The direction of your attention determines what you see, think, hear, and feel.
  6. In any given situation, two interpretations of the same situation exist. Your attention with its beliefs and emotions decides the outcome.
  7. You are not responsible for other people’s actions, but you are always accountable for your own reactions. Your reaction depends upon how well you control your attention.
  8. Control your attention and you control your destiny.
  9. No event, situation, or circumstance can influence your thinking or emotions before you allow your attention to dwell upon it.
  10. When you deliberately change the focus of your attention, it is the first step for a discovery of possibilities that have existed all along.
  11. Attention with its beliefs and emotions is the basis for all decisions.
  12. By changing your attention, you automatically change your mood and attitude.
  13. Depending upon your attention, the problem will appear as an opportunity or turn an opportunity into a problem.
  14. Changing your attention with its thinking and emotions is the beginning of challenging any belief that you assumed was true in the past.
  15. To loosen shackles of your negative assumptions, place your attention on the concept of possibility.
  16. There are always new possibilities, answers, solutions, and techniques for a person with creative, open-minded attention.
  17. Attention creates images — and images are life’s controlling mechanisms.
  18. When you change the focus of your attention, you enter a whole new world and ways to think and act.
  19. Your good intention gets the job started; your controlled attention finishes it.
  20. Commitment and attention are synonymous. It’s very difficult to have one without the other.
  21. Your attention is your constant companion.
  22. In your attention lies the secrets to your strength, determination, and endurance.
  23. The most important thing to remember is wherever you fully put your attention, you will succeed.

When you concentrate your energy purposely on the future possibility that you aspire to realize, your energy is passed on to it and makes it attracted to you with a force stronger than the one you directed towards it.
― Stephen RichardsThink Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!
― Mike Dooley

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope these ideas help you focus your attention to receive what brings you joy!

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References

  1. Bjorn Secher. Your Appointment with Success: The Way to Get Rich:
    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Appointment-With-Success-Rich/dp/0811901971/
  2. James Allen. As a Man Thinkethhttps://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-James-Allen/dp/1514698692/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “God Will Show You How” by Mary L. Kupferle public domain:  http://wp.me/pFnvK-1c
  4. Mike Dooley. Choose Them Wiselyhttps://www.amazon.com/Choose-Them-Wisely-Thoughts-Become/dp/1582702330/
  5. Stephen Richards.  Ask and the Universe Will Provide: https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Universe-Will-Provide-Straightforward-ebook/dp/B01FWWKSSY/

 

Why Not? Day 4 Write a Snappy Title. Go Ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 4 Write a Snappy Title. Go Ahead.” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 4 of the Why Not series. I hope you’re enjoying it and learning a little, too.

Let’s say, you’ve written all the paragraphs you plan to write about the subject at hand. You may have written a draft title. You want to check out your title for three things:

  1. Is it meaningful in view of the words you’ve written?
  2. Does it capture the mood, mystery, and attention of the readers?
  3. Can it be said in fewer words and still capture the attention of your readers so that they want to read your words to discover what you have to say, what your story is, who your characters are, and how things go in the world you describe.

How many words does a good title have? Let’s check it out.

52 Oscar-Winning Movies from 2012-2015

In the Oscar Winning Movies from 2012-2015, there were:

24 one-word winners: Room, Amy, Spectre, Stutterer, Birdman, Whiplash, Boyhood, Intersteller, Ida, Selma, Citizenfour, Feast, Gravity, Frozen, Her, Helium, Argo, Lincoln, Skyfall, Amour, Paperman, Brave, Inocente, Curfew

11 two-word winners: The Revenant, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Bear Story, American Sniper, Still Alice, Blue Jasmine, Mr. Hublot, Les Miserables, Diango Unchained, Anna Karenina

14 three word winners: Bridge of Spies, The Big Short, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Son of Saul, The Imitation Game, Big Hero 6, The Phone Call, Dallas Burgers Club, The Great Gatsby, The Great Beauty, Life of Pi, Zero Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, 

4 four-word winners: The Great Budapest Hotel, 12 Years a Slave, 20 Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugar Man

1 five-word winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

2 nine-word winners: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Top 52 Fiction New York Best Sellers in 2015

I placed a link to the 2015 New York Times Best Sellers in the resources. Curiosity got me. I tested the titles to find out if this rule holds true for fiction novel titles, too. I chose the top 52 titles since there were 52 Oscar-winning movies.

5 one-word titlesRevival, Fangirl, Fallen, Burned, Torment

23 two-word titlesThe Nightingale, Gone Girl, Orphan Train, The Goldfinch, Sarah’s Key, Gray Mountain, Sycamore Row, Memory Man, The Escape, Leaving Time, The Selection, Paper Towns, Station Eleven, Golden Son, Carry On, Finders Keepers, First Frost, Hush Hush, Dead Heat, Saint Odd, World After, Defending Jacob, Red Queen, 

12 three-word titlesMe Before You, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Rosie Effect, What Alice Forgot, Before I Go, Edge of Eternity, The Rosie Project, The Boston Girl, The Burning Room, The Bone Clocks, Obsession in Death

5 four-word titlesThe Invention of Wings, All the Single Ladies, In the Unlikely Event, Our Souls at Night, Mightier Than the Sword

3 five-word titles The Girl on the Train, The Fault in Our Stars, A Spool of Blue Thread

4 six-word titlesAll the Light We Cannot See, Be Careful What You Wish for, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I believe there is a power in three and the power of one. Think of the fairy tales. They used the power of three: The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Three seems finished in our minds. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

It could also be power in the number of syllables: Many of the two word novel titles had three syllables.

The power of one:

  1. Jake had only one fault.
  2. She was the only person left.
  3. I had only one chance to live.

So when you’re choosing a title, choose the fewest words with enough oomph to stand the test of the reader’s mind. Will it hook him? Will it catch her interest?

I did a random test and found that many magazine articles and blog posts have more words than the titles of movies or books.

Good luck with your writing. You can do it. I know you can. Have fun with deciding a title for your writing. Read your choices aloud. That might help you make your decision.

The Why Not Series

  1. “Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go Ahead.” http://wp.me/pFnvK-3t0
  2. “Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go Ahead.” http://wp.me/pFnvK-3u1
  3. “Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead.” http://wp.me/pFnvK-3uf

OTHER RESOURCES

  1. Goodreads. “New York Times Fiction Best Sellers 2015:” https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/83612.NY_Times_Fiction_Best_Sellers_2015
  2. Joan Y. Edwards. “4 Books to Give You Aha Moments in Writing:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/4-books-to-give-you-aha-moments-in-writing/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “7 Ways to Add Surprise to Create a Best Seller That Readers Crave:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/7-ways-to-add-surprise-to-create-a-best-seller-that-readers-crave/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “17 Reasons to Write – Why Do You Write?:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/17-reasons-to-write-why-do-you-write/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “28 Craft Books to Help You Get a Grip on Writing:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/28-craft-books-to-help-you-get-a-grip-on-writing/
  6. Joan Y. Edwards. “33 Books to Harness the Power within You:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/33-books-to-harness-the-power-within-you/
  7. Joan Y. Edwards. “Add the Power of Three to Your Writing:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/add-the-power-of-three-to-your-writing/
  8. Joan Y. Edwards. “Fascinating Writing Prompts Get Stories Rolling:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/fascinating-writing-prompts-get-stories-rolling/
  9. Joan Y. Edwards. “Grab Your Reader’s Attention – Use Irony:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/grab-your-readers-attention-use-irony/
  10. Joan Y. Edwards. “Think and Say Good Words about Yourself:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/think-and-say-good-words-about-yourself/
  11. Wikipedia. “List of Academy Award-Winning Films:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Academy_Award-winning_films

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Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead,” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 3 of the Why Not? series.

Wow! See you’ve got a bunch of sentences written now. You need to place sentences in logical order in a paragraph. In some cases, a paragraph may be only one sentence. Group your sentences about one topic together in one paragraph. The UNC Writing Center calls the topic the “controlling” idea. Paragraphs may be indented or have a line between them.

When you’re typing or using a computer to write your work, use double-spacing to leave room for you to review it and make notes for changes. Using one inch margins and double-spacing will put it in the right format for sharing with a critique group or critique partner. This is also the correct format to submit work to a publisher or agent.

Put one space between sentences. One space after a period, exclamation point, or question mark. They changed the rules from two spaces to one space as far back as 1989 and in 2010 The Chicago Manual of Style of the University of Chicago Press stated that one space be used between sentences. 

All of what you put in a paragraph depends upon the point you want to make with your words. You have one sentence that explains the main idea you’re trying to get across to the reader. The other sentences in the paragraph are all related to and may lead up to proving the main idea or topic sentence.

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

I think J.R.R. Tolkien’s words would make a great topic sentence for a paragraph. So would all the other quotes from novels listed by Piotr Kowalczyk. Here’s a paragraph I wrote with Tokien’s sentence first (The topic sentence or main sentence) and a sentence rewording that sentence at the end.

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. Children share their lunches. People help the homeless. Men and women adopt children. Teachers teach because they care, not because of the money.Many companies give you much more value than the money you pay them. Communities band together when there is a crisis and help each other. I believe our world is good and is definitely worth saving.

Fill your paragraphs with sentences to: explain, defend, persuade, elaborate, describe, show, tell, list ideas on the topic under discussion. Writing is formal or informal:

  1. Note
  2. List
  3. Letter
  4. Article
  5. Essay
  6. Poem
  7. Thesis
  8. Science Project
  9. Dissertation
  10. Review
  11. Advertisement
  12. Critique
  13. Conversation
  14. Explanation
  15. Proof

You can publish writing in: blogs, bulletins, newsletters, magazines, chapbooks, books, skits, plays, and screenplays.

Paragraphs may have dialogue.

If a paragraph has dialogue. The main thing I’ve learned is that you use the word “said” and not uttered, moaned, sobbed, etc. When you use fancy, off the wall words for said, it takes the reader out of the story. You don’t want to take the reader out of the story.

Jane said, “Oh dear. Sally fell in the mud puddle.”
“Oh dear. Sally fell in the mud puddle,” said Jane.
“Oh dear,” said Jane. “Sally fell in the mud puddle.”

Writer’s Digest – Famous Writing Quotes: Inspirational Author Quotes on Writing
http://www.writersdigest.com/wp-content/themes/fw-twentytwelve/js/html5.js

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
David Brin, Best-Selling Author

You’ve got all these things in your life – family, friends, and good productive work (even if it’s not for pay) so go ahead and write. You’ve got what it takes. I believe in you. God believes in you. Believe in you. Go ahead write.

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Why Not Series

  1. Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead.
  2. Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.

OTHER RESOURCES

  1. April Klazema. “Paragraph Writing Examples: How to be a Great Writer:”
  2. IELTSBuddy. “Good Paragraph Writing:” http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/paragraph-writing.html
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “Accept Yourself As You Are:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/accept-yourself-as-you-are/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “Put One Space between Sentences:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/put-one-space-between-sentences/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “Put Quotation Marks after Periods, Commas, and Question Marks in America:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/put-quotation-marks-after-periods-commas-and-question-marks-in-america/
  6. Marisol Dahl. The Write Life.com. The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016: https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/
  7. Owl.English.Purdue.Edu. “On Paragraphs:” https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/
  8. Piotr Kowalczyk | Ebook Friendly. “50 Most Inspirational Quotes from Books:”
    http://ebookfriendly.com/most-inspirational-book-quotes/
  9. Richard Lederer. “Let’s Face It – English Is a Crazy Language” by Richard Lederer
  10. Writers and Artists.uk. “Websites for Writers:” https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/108/a-writers-toolkit/essential-information/websites-for-writers
  11. Writer’s Digest. “Famous Writing Quotes: Inspirational Author Quotes on Writing:”
    http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes
  12. Writing Center.UNC.Edu. “Paragraphs:” http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/paragraphs/

Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you’re jotting down your thoughts in your first draft, focus on getting the words written down. Do put periods, commas, and question marks. When you revise, you can change things around to make your meaning clearer.

You’ll be surprised how much your write when you get in what I call the “ZONE.” When you’re fully into your writing and oblivious to what’s going on around you. Set up a safe environment. Set aside time for you! Have someone watch your children. If they are the age to write – have a family time to write or draw in the same room. When I taught school, we did it in the classroom. You can do it in your home.

A sentence has a subject and a predicate. A noun or pronoun and a verb.

John walks.

He walks.

She walks.

A command has a verb (action word) and a subject that is not said but understood that it is the pronoun “you.”

I’ll bet you knew who your mother was talking to when she called, “Come here this instant.”

If things in your story are intense and scary, you’ll probably want short sentences. When things are more relaxed, you’ll probably make them longer.

I’ve written blog posts about sentences that you might find helpful in your study to encourage you to begin or to renew your belief in yourself as a writer.

  1. How to Write a Good Sentence
  2. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  3. Get Rid of Passive Voice
  4. First Lines from Non-Fiction Best Sellers
  5. Make Your Character’s Actions Show Emotions

Here’s the key to keep you writing. Silence your inner critic. Tell it to go on vacation for awhile. Study about writing. Take an online course. Read blogs about the problem you’ve encountered. Read at least 3 books in the genre of your writing choice.

Put a 3×5 or 4×6 index card on your computer that says one of the following or something positive that’s meaningful to you:

  1. I am a best-selling author.
  2. I am a great writer.
  3. Thousands of people buy books to read what I write.

I know that you need encouragement. Each of us does. Be your own encourager to reach the goals that God sets in your heart and mind. God will help you. You may find people along the sidelines of your life that say things that stop you in your tracks. Chances are they mean well. Remember that people base their opinions on their experiences. If they are afraid for you, it’s because something happened that frightened them. Be assured that God is going to help you get to your goal. Believe in yourself. Set a path. Look for ways to help you get there. Rise above the experiences that seem to stop you. I believe in you. God believes in you. Believe in yourself and go forward and take that first step. Get a pen or pencil in your hand or a sit in front of a computer and write until you’re weary! If your goal doesn’t have anything to do with writing, that’s okay. These same principles apply to what you want to do. Believe in you. Do it. If you have problems figuring out something, search for a way to help you!

Why not write a sentence or two or three. Go ahead. Do it.

Here’s a link to DAY 1 in this series: Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead.

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Believe in You: Submit Your Manuscript or Illustration


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“Believe in You: Submit Your Manuscript or Illustration”

Believe in you.

I know. Sometimes it’s more difficult to believe in yourself than it is at other times. What are some simple things you can do to show you believe in you and your writing or illustrating? Let’s look at a few examples that show either a positive belief or a negative belief.

Actions/Reactions show your beliefs.

  1. Do you hide your work in a drawer?
  2. When someone says that your work’s good, do you reply, “I try, but I’m not very good at it.”
  3. If your work gets rejected, do you throw your manuscript in the trash?
  4. Do you bang your head against the table?
  5. Do you tear up your drawings?
  6. Do you punish yourself for not being good enough?
  7. Do you think other writers/illustrators are keeping you from achieving your goal?

Revamp the way you act and react.

  • Submit your manuscripts/illustrations to editors/agents/contests/critique partners.
  • Study the works of best-selling authors/illustrators.
  • Study the works of authors/illustrators you admire.
  • Study your work again, make possible revisions and try again.
  • Take writing/illustrating workshops in person or online.
  • Act like successful writers/illustrators do.
  • God has a plan for you. No one is keeping you from achieving your goal. Help other writers/illustrators on your path. In helping them, you’ll learn something that helps you.
  • Revise your manuscript after a critique.
  • Study publishers/agents to find one that publishes the kind of story you want published.
  • Study methods of publication (self-publishing and traditional publishing) to see which one you really want deep down in your soul.

Emotions show your beliefs

  1. Do you stay tense until you receive a response?
  2. Do you stay tense until the time has passed the three months or six months that indicates you haven’t passed the publisher’s or agent’s test for being noticed?
  3. Do you go into a fit of depression when you receive a “no” response.
  4. Are you afraid of what others might say about your work?

Can you reprogram your emotions so that the rejection doesn’t have such a negative influence over your goals? If you can’t accept a yes or no answer, figure out why? What myth are you believing as truth. This is a control thing. You think if they say, “NO, that you won’t get published. This isn’t true. It just means “no” for that publisher or agent. Make sure you’re not saying this to yourself if you receive a “no.” You are the only one that can say “NO” that stops you in your tracks.

  • I relax knowing that I have put my best writing/illustrating forward. If they reject me, it’s because it’s not the right place for it. It doesn’t mean it’s not good.
  • I relax knowing that I am a good writer/illustrator even if no one agrees with me. I know that God is helping me find the right publisher and to get the work in the right format.

Words show your beliefs. Do you say any of these negative belief statements?

  1. I can’t write.
  2. I can’t draw.
  3. I’ll never get published. It’s too hard.
  4. I’m not good enough to be a best-selling author.
  5. I don’t have the marketing skills to be a best-selling author.
  6. Not many people will buy my books because they don’t know me.

Rephrase your words to show you do believe in you and your writing/illustration.

  • I can write. I can draw.
  • My work is good. I’ll get published. I’ll find a way.
  • Every day I take a step closer to the publication of my work.
  • I have the writing and marketing skills to be a best-selling author.
  • People who read my work tell everyone they know about my books and that they are good and give more value than its cost.
  • People who see/read my work know that they get wonderful value for their money. They get helpful information. They get a powerful story. They get heart-felt illustrations.
  • People who read my work or see my illustrations see my gift of humor and laugh.

 

Amazing Articles (Please read one. I promise you that you’ll be glad you did.)

  1. Amandah Tayler Blackwell. “10 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills—Quickly:” http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/10_ways_to_improve_your_writing_skillsquickly_46142.aspx
  2. Dan Shewan. “16 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills:” http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills
  3. Jerod Morris.  “A Sobering Lesson on the Value of Compromising Your Creative Ideas:” http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-compromise/
  4. Miss Literati. “Author Quotes That Prove You’re a Real Writer:” http://www.missliterati.com/blog/author-quotes-prove-you-are-a-real-writer
  5. Jacquelyn Smith. “16 Business Books That Will Change Your Life Forever According to My Coworkers:” http://www.businessinsider.com/business-books-that-will-change-your-life-forever-2016-4/
  6. Elana Goldberg. “10 Life-Changing Books that Will Stay With You Forever:” http://www.goodnet.org/articles/10-lifechanging-books-that-will-stay-you-forever
  7. Linds Redding. “An Overdue Lesson in Perspective:” http://www.lindsredding.com/2012/03/11/a-overdue-lesson-in-perspective/

    My blog posts to get your work ready to submit:

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If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done!


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“If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done!” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s funny that you might have two or three manuscripts sitting in a file on your computer, packed away in a box under your bed, or hiding in an old manila folder. Yet, you have never ever submitted any of these stories to a publisher. Or perhaps you’ve drawn or painted many pictures, put them in a colorful portfolio, but have never submitted them to a publisher.

How long have you been waiting? How long are you going to procrastinate the submission process? What is stopping you? Why haven’t you submitted them? I know your list of reasons could reach in the hundreds. But why list them. Why not focus on the reasons you should submit your manuscript? Use your energy to get you closer to your goal.

Here are five empowering facts about you that you may not know:

  1. You have the intelligence needed for this job.

  2. You have the talent needed for this job.

  3. You have the experience needed for this job.

  4. You have the money and resources to do this job.

  5. You have the courage to do this job.

You’re looking at me as if I don’t know what I am talking about. But, I do. I know you better than you know yourself. You have all these talents, but you’re afraid of failing.

So what if you fail. You’ve failed before. What did you do? You got up and tried again. Do it again.

Each time you do it, you’ll gain more skills. You’ll learn at least a few things to improve your submission.

You tell me that you did that with other things, but submitting a manuscript or submitting a postcard with an illustration on it…that’s a completely different ball game. That’s too hard.

Someone’s holding up a mirror in front of you that’s not projecting a true picture of your worth. It must be an old timey mirror that distorts the true picture of what the situation really is. It’s time to get a new mirror. It’s time to think different ideas. It’s time to have a different belief system. It’s time to believe in you. God believes in you. I believe in you. Believe in yourself.

But you say to me. My parents don’t believe in me. My husband doesn’t believe in me. My sister doesn’t believe in me. My brother doesn’t believe in me. My boss doesn’t believe in me.

Guess what! To be successful, the only human person who has to believe in you is you!

God believes in you. He put an idea for a creation in your heart…a gut feeling. That’s God telling you that you’ve got what it takes and he’ll be there with you each step of the way. If you don’t have it now, you’ll have it as soon as you start believing in you. You’ll learn it. As soon as you need it, God will hand you the key.

Belief in yourself is essential. Once you believe it, it will happen. Take action. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done. You won’t reach your goal.

How do you gain more confidence in yourself? Practice. Study. Practice. Saying it. Believing it. Doing it. Taking action.

Write down the steps you need to take. Then take them. Do it. Go ahead. One by one. Inch by inch. Story by story. Illustration by illustration. Submission by submission. You’ll get there.

Pub Subbers

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Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

October was the 7th Birthday of Pub Subbers. I had a contest on this blog post for people to submit their work to a publisher, editor, contest, or agent during October before midnight October 31, 2016 and to leave a comment telling that they submitted and where. No one let me know that they submitted their work. Therefore, I decided to award the prize to one of the seven people who left a comment:

  1. Joan Reid
  2. Linda Andersen
  3. Sheri Levy
  4. Carol Baldwin
  5. Sandra Warren
  6. Cat Michaels
  7. Kathleen Burkinshaw

Random.org chose #7, therefore, Kathleen Burkinshaw won a free critique of 3,000 words, 3 illustrations, or a copy of Darcy Pattison’s Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Thank you to all of you who left a comment. You help give life to my blog.

How do you reward yourself when you submit? A tangible reward works well for me. Feel free to share this post with your fellow writers and illustrators. To leave a note, click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Believe It to Achieve It


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“Believe It to Achieve It” by Joan Y. Edwards

I remember my Mother, Ethel D. Meyer’s words. She said them many times: “God didn’t tell me life wasn’t going to be tough, but, he did say, he would be there with me.”

There have been times when I thought there wasn’t a way for me to reach the goals God set in my heart. Yet, when I keep on going, my experience has been that I make it through many tough experiences that make my heart sigh and shake my patience and faith. Somehow I’ve been able to persevere and keep on going and get to my goal.

Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Stephen Richards said,  “When you concentrate your energy purposely on the future possibility that you aspire to realize, your energy is passed on to it and makes it attracted to you with a force stronger than the one you directed towards it.”

The videos below inspire me. I hope they inspire you to keep on going toward your goal.

  1. Joel Osteen. “Faith for the Middle” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRMyek2m-JE
  2. Dr. Robert Schuller. “Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXMuiVLI7kA
  3. Charles Stanley. “Stages of Our Faith:” https://www.intouch.org/watch/in-the-school-of-faith/the-stages-of-our-faith-video.
  4. Billy Graham: “Technology and Faith:” https://www.ted.com/talk/billy_graham_on_technology_faith_and_suffering?language=en

Keep taking the necessary steps to get where you want to go. Take action even though it’s scary. Even though others may say you can’t do it. Even if you think you might fall at this step. Even if you can’t see beyond 25 feet ahead of you. As Jack Canfield says that the car shines only a certain amount of light in front of you, but you keep on driving your car. So you should keep on going when you don’t see completely how to do it all, but you see the first steps. A flashlight of faith will get you there. Even though you don’t know how it’s going to end. When you have faith and ask God for it, you will receive it. God has a way for you to get there. Believe it and go for it. Believe in you and your ability to get there! Believe with unwavering faith.

Believe it to achieve it.

Thanks for reading. I hope you reach your goals. I pray that you keep on going. Feel free to tell me something you achieved even when at first you weren’t sure about it. Click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Never Give Up
Believe in You with Unwavering Faith
Celebrate Each Step You Take
You’re Gonna Get There!
You Can Do It!

Joan Y. Edwards
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