Today promise yourself that you will be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
Sometimes, being the shy violets that we are, as authors, we find it easier to be supportive and congratulatory about someone else's wins - new contracts, promotional coups and other things then we tend to be about our own. Because we were told "brags a good bargain, but hold on is a lot better," or "Let someone else toot your horn." Well, that doesn't work when you have to go the 9 miles to promote your own books and be "out there" where people may criticize or even applaud what you do.
But--and here is the best part, what you give you get. So if you are enthusiastic about other people's success, feel that feeling, know that feeling and then claim some for yourself as well.
When Christopher Paolini first met publishing success with Eragon, I dissed him as-- oh sure his parents are publishers, authors, business people...he has an edge - maybe, but this home schooled little boy (15 when he wrote it) had just gotten his GED and was looking forward to college. Instead of heading off straight to college he decided to write a book.
Tom (hubby) just finished reading the first of the trilogy Eragon, and asked me if I would get the other two for him. He said he found no mistakes in the editing (where he found several in the Harry Potter books he just finished reading) and he said the kid writes a great story.
I must swallow my ill-placed envy or is it jealousy and read the first of his books to see how he made and is still making news. His series is number 3 on the New York Times best seller list, still.
Anyway, be happy for those who've succeeded. Your turn can't be far away, actually good vibrations from you will make it happen sooner. Try it - it couldn't hurt. Billie http://www.billiewilliams.com
Challenge - Promise Yourself: To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
When you are facing hard times either financially, emotionally, or spiritually it isn't easy to think only the best for yourself or any one else - but sometimes just smiling will help lighten the burden you feel. And create untold good for you and those you care about.
You can work for the best outcome, you can work to do your best - that doesn't mean perfect that just means the best for where you are and what you CAN do right now. (like parents raising children...you only do what you can do with what you have, know and are.)
If you expect the best - to paraphrase Henry Ford - you can think you can or you can think you can't --either way your are proven right. So if you expect the best, throw your dreams toward the moon, even if you fail you'll wind up among the stars - if you aim, expect - the best you'll have a better chance of getting something more then not shooting for the moon at all.
It's me again with another challenge for you today: Promise yourself to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
That may be a little difficult, you may have to keep checking yourself when you don't really see the bright side - but if you look really hard I bet you can find one.
Today, we have near blizzard conditions - blowing, drifting, at times near white outs - so the weather is a bit of a bear, but I have a warm and comfortable home. It's a good day to stay inside and write - or bake bread or any of the household chores that make my home a place I love to be.
I'm sure when you look around you have a bunch of sunny just under the veil of "your crabby" or someone else's crabby exterior. Make a smile your umbrella and your rain will all turn to sunshine and rainbows. Try it! You can email me your results if you like. Billie
Today Promise yourself TO MAKE ALL YOUR FRIENDS FEEL THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WORTH WHILE IN THEM. So many times we let our self-worth get in the way of our talents - or I should say our lack of self-worth. We think everyone is going somewhere, doing something more or more important than we are...that we aren't as worthy of success in whatever our endeavor is. So, if you can boost a friend (or stranger) by letting them know you think they are a valuable person, that they contribute much to the world we all live in...perhaps, you can help give them the impetus to succeed. Whatever it does, it is bound to give them that rush of feeling good that someone notices and likes who "you" are for just who "you" are. Keep in mind "God don't make no junk!" (whoever your God/Higher Power is.)Everyone has a purpose. Everyone is important in the greater scheme of things. Make it a wonderful day!
I promise to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
There is a woman who works at the bank here in town she delivers the money bags to the local business establishments everyday -- I have yet to see her without a smile on her face and a spring in her step -- even later when I go to the bank she is sheer poise and joy. I started to say to myself "There's a blue bird on my shoulder...." the old song - and now when I walk anywhere in town I try to keep her smile in my mind. She just makes everyone who sees her feel good. I want to be that woman. There are two women who walked into my writers group one day - they stopped me dead in my tracks. All I could think of is -- I want to know those women, I want to be like that. Poise, smiles, a pull that lets you know they are in charge of unconditional love. What a way to go through life. I want to be like them. So, how do you get there? You love yourself, love others and talk prosperity or as in today's challenge health, happiness and prosperity. Try it! It can't hurt.
When you pause in Christmas festivities and begin looking toward the new year - I have a special request for you all - and perhaps a challenge - this is the first one... 1. Promise yourself that you will be So strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. If you think about it -- it isn't the thing itself that is disturbing you but your perception of it... What you chose to make of a situation. If you decide to just "let go of the rope," and not try to control it -- think of it as a horse you are trying to ride. Let's say he doesn't like ropes - so if you release the rope he calms down - I've heard of stranger things....so we will just let go and let God (or your higher power or whoever you trust to handle things for you.) Try it -- it might just surprise you. More tomorrow....