Weekly Word: 7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

Weekly Word: 7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

I came across the following graphic, 7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset, on the instagram account of one of my new favorite bloggers, Twelveskip. The content comes from Marc Chernoff who, along with his wife run Marcandangel.com, a site chock full of “practical tips for productive living.”

7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

Every now and then I get caught up in the million things I need to *do* and the multitudinous tasks that need to be *accomplished*. Last night I woke up at 3AM with my face, yet again, in my laptop. It’s at times like these where I’ve learned to pull back slightly and feed my soul with messages that will strengthen me and help shed some light on my personal resource management. This particular graphic couldn’t have come at a better time.

The first trait, enjoying and appreciating the present moment has been missing in my life as I turn automaton-like from one task to another–whether it’s writing my books, being supermom, or handling business matters. As I read that first trait, I made an important realization: during the past six months I had barely taken any time out to enjoy the present moment and its accomplishments. I forgot the most important step along my personal road to success–stop and appreciate all of my daily accomplishments before turning o the next task. It’s important to me that I pat myself on the back, and revel in how my accomplishments benefit my family and others around me, even if it’s just for a little while. Checking in with myself this way keeps me grateful, grounded in the present and happy.

I’m so grateful to have discovered this terrific graphic. Not only will I share it with everybody I know, I will definitely be mining Marc and Angel’s site for all the stuff I can get my eyes on! Thanks again, Twelveskip!

Weekly Word: 7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

Weekly Word: Sarah Ban Breathnack

Weekly Word: Sarah Ban Breathnack

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnack

Thanks, Sarah Ban Breathnack!

Weekly Word: Perseverance

Today’s weekly word: Perseverance

There will come a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.- Louis L’Amour

This quote can apply to a lot of things in life but it really resonated with me when I was going through the editing process for Blood To Blood.

Contrary to what some people think, there are self-published authors who actually spend much time and money in the editing process, as all writers should. It took me 3 months to write the first draft and 2 years to get it right.

But after all the beta-reads, re-writing and critiques the part that really got me was the copy-editing. You get to the point where, finally, you’re hiring a copy-editor and there’s actually an end in sight. Or so you think. The process took about a month and a half.

But eventually, once I’d read the manuscript 3 more times after the final, final, final submission from my fabulous copy editor, I did get to the point where I, with butterflies in my stomached, realized there was no more editing to do.

Or so I thought…

Yep, as I was reading the book out loud to my 8 year-old, we came across an instance of the word “the” which should have been “then.”

It just goes to show you, no matter how far you think you’ve come, there’s always some more to go. I’m grateful for making it through that journey! How about you? Any tales of perseverance to share?

Weekly word: Perseverance