Thursday, March 3, 2011

Count Down to Your Celebration!

Have you been following the members of the Grand Rapids Regional Writers' Group this month as we've taken on the challenge to finish a book in one month -- well, technically in 28 days?  Did you decide to join the challenge and go gung-ho?  Are you coming around the final corner and heading into the home stretch, or have you lost steam somewhere around the the middle of last week?

If you're on track --- BIG CONGRATULATION! 

If you lost headway somewhere along the way, DON'T LOSE HEART!  You still have time  -- 9.5 days (if you count today and write furiously next Saturday morning, too) to pick up the threads and continue on.  You might not FINISH your novel, but you could still add a sizable chunk of writing to your story that otherwise might not have been captured.

Peg reminded us in her post earlier this week not to look at what we didn't do, but instead to celebrate what we have done.  Let's all learn a lesson from her granddaughter and be enthusiastic about life.  Do a happy dance, throw your hands in the air and shout "I did it!" and just give yourself half the praise you'd give to a friend.  Celebrate accomplishments and you'll achieve even more.

It's that Law of Attraction that's been written about in so many books (Robert Schuller's Possibility Thinking; Bruce Wilkerson's Prayer of Jabez; Barbara Fredrickson's Positivity; Rhonda Byrne's The Secret, to name a few).  These authors and hundreds more remind us of the incredible power of staying positive.

And isn't positive thinking really about believing in yourself?

Think back to your childhood or to the life of a child you know.  We are all born with an innate sense of positive thinking.  Toddlers believe they can do ANYTHING.  Whether it's dressing themselves, scaling the dining room table, or (in the case of my 5-year old granddaughter) giving themselves a haircut.  They don't think there is anything they can't do.  Somewhere along the road, this belief in our abilities gets detoured.  We start to doubt ("Oh, I could never do that.") or put limit on ourselves ("I could do that IF....) or otherwise let negativism block our true potential.

So, today, I challenge all of you to climb back on the NANO wagon.  Pick up your pen or open your word processor and start believing you can do this. Period.  No limits.  Enjoy your story. Take pleasure in your characters.  Let your love of words flow from your heart and fingers.

Then party with all of us on March 12 and celebrate what you accomplished.  You can do it!

~ Stephanie

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