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It’s been a while since I’ve written in any of my blogs. I’m not quite sure why I abandoned them, but I know now that writing is the direction I’m taking in the New Year.

I like to do so many things. I love graphic design. I love jewelry design. Yet, I also love to express myself and my own particular point of view.  I invested in an education in graphic design, yet – not being able to find work sorta threw a wet blanket onto to that aspiration. I love designing and making jewelry, but it is time consuming and very hard, in this economy, to really make a go of it.  I value my jewelry far more than others are willing to pay.

I always wanted to be a writer. But something inside of me, perhaps some early negative programming, continued to harbor self-doubt. While I always felt self-confident in the variety of managerial jobs I’ve had in my life, somehow – I never felt I was “good” enough to be a writer – in a formal sense.

And yet, I’ve had some remarkable people tell me that I need to write more.

I woke up one morning, after reading a book on how we make our own luck and how networking was an important avenue to creating more opportunities.

Opportunities = Luck.

I made the decision that I would join a local writers group, if there was one in my area. I needed to be around other writers if I was to pursue and develop my writing skills.   What Luck!  As fate would have it, I found a writers group in my local area that just happened to be meeting that very day! It was 12:15pm when I found the information and discovered they were meeting at 1pm. The location was only about 5 minutes away, so I decided to take advantage of this opportunity.  I quickly changed from my usual house cleaning garb and scurried to the meeting.

I was greeted by about 10 writers. The astounding thing is, they are all published writers, some having written several mystery/thriller novels. Most of them are working on new novels, and they read parts of the current chapters they’re working on. Friendly, constructive critiques followed each reading. This is exactly where I need to be.

As a newbie guest, not much for me to do but listen. One rule of the group is that new comers must visit 2 meetings, and read something new they have written at the 3rd meeting, before final acceptance into the group.

The next meeting, however, was to be their annual luncheon – a break from their usual agenda. The “assignment” was to be a short, 500 word story, the topic Christmas. After being encouraged to attend, I inquired about whether I could contribute a story, even though it would only be my second meeting.  Being given the OK, I really got excited about writing something to share with the group.

I wrote a little story about a woman who decided to put up a Christmas Tree after not having one for 20 years. Let me say, that for me to condense a story to 500 words proved to be difficult. It ultimately ended with a little over 600 words, but I was very happy with it.  And it seems, so were they.  Even though I hadn’t written a short story in quite a while nor ever read something out loud to a group for many years, I was nervously excited to share my contribution. After reading it I was heartily applauded.

Whether they liked it or not, and were just being polite, I don’t know for sure. One thing I do know, however, is that I need more applause for some of the things I do. It really feels good.

Everybody needs more applauding for the things they do, especially when they do things well. Realizing that made going to the luncheon one of the most important events of my life. A true gift of the season. One I can easily give to my family and friends. Applause. There’s nothing more positive than acknowledging someone’s job well done. No matter how large or small.

A good friend of mine, who’s read a lot of my stories – has encouraged me to write more. That I have something worthwhile to say that others may benefit from.

So, my New Year is going to be very different from this one and the many others I entered without a sense of direction or purpose. I’m going to dance my way into 2010 knowing exactly what I’m striving to accomplish. It’s exciting. And I haven’t felt this excited in a very long time.

I’m feeling very lucky. And I’m wishing you all a Wonderful New Year being applauded for all the fantastic things you do.

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twistedpencil_sm1Two polar opposites procrastination and intention.

Intention implies a willful declaration – whether written or mental – to do something. A fact before the fact. If you think of anything you do, no matter how trivial, you must utilize some form of intention.

I want a cup of coffee. I’m going to go and make me a cup of coffee. You get up and do just that.

On the other hand, procrastination is quite different. You want something, but you are unwilling to commit to making it happen.

I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t feel like making it myself. I don’t feel like going to Starbucks. I’ll get one later – I don’t need it now. It can wait.

Everyone has these moments, but what is important is how powerful our intentions are in achieving what we want. So how do we get over the hurdle of procrastination?

This morning, I really wanted to write in my blogs. I truly enjoy them, they are my friends. But I just couldn’t seem to get motivated or think of something that stirred my passion or my interest. I simply can’t write from the heart if I don’t have passion. An excitement about sharing my personal thoughts on something I care about. In a way I hope will be helpful to someone reading my work.

So, I started roaming the blogs. Since I was having a bit of trouble getting started, I did a WordPress search on writing. Two blogs had something to say that truly resonated with me, and along with a search for hot topics in the world today – got me started. The fire was lit.

So motivating were the blogs, I want to share some of the things I learned from them. The first one, Hafiz’s Class Blog: East Meets West. had a post titled “Encouragement/Motivation on Writing”. This article has a lot of great information about motivation for writers, however it was what he had to say about procrastination that really hit the mark for me:

“If procrastination is an issue in your writing life, and you’d like to overcome it, try to understand the root cause of it. Procrastination experts say that there are six main reasons why we put off things: 1. We’re bored. 2. We’re afraid to write; our low-self-esteen makes us doubt our talent. 3. We’re easily distracted by things around us. 4. We’re just plain lazy. 5. We’re overwhelmed by the task at hand; it’s just too big to tackle. 6. We just don’t like the work. When you truly understand why you’re procrastinating, you can do something about it, especially if writing is important to you.”

These six reasons can be applied to anything in your life – they’re very profound. I can see one or more of them as being the cause of many projects I continue to put off till tomorrow.

Seeing the causes so clearly allowed me to reflect on why I have put off doing come things that I really need to do.

Then I came across another blog titled The Power of Writing Things Down. Now this article doesn’t specifically state intention, however, it does clearly detail how powerful writing things down can be. It’s truly worth a read, for many reasons.

It’s a fact that people who make a lot of lists – who write things down – are the same people who get a lot of things done. Writing about the things you want to do is a clear statement of intention. And if you don’t let any of the reasons why we procrastinate get in the way – you’ll make progress toward everything you want in life.

But how does that work? Why does it work?

Our intention or our tendency toward procrastination is what fuels our subconscious mind. Everything we see, think or experience is being recorded there, and influences our daily thoughts and actions. Writing things down clearly fuels this part of our brain, and whether or not we remember all the things we’ve written, our subconscious mind is working on it, directing us to opportunities that help us achieve the things we want to accomplish and the things we desire.

If you saw the movie “The Secret”, you’ll see that is it the power of intention that is one of the keys to opening the door to the law of attraction. You can’t really rub a magic lamp and wish for all the things you desire. You have to know, with certainty what it is you want.

Clear thought and self-confidence are two of the most important components to achieving anything you want in life.

Ask anyone who has achieved some of the things you are wishing for.

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