Focusing Your Writing

August 20, 2011

Hello, Blogger World. It’s been awhile. I hope you’ll forgive me. I needed time to think about some things, like: What is it that I want my blog to accomplish? What things am I really passionate about? Do I want to be a writer?

Imagine me sitting with a rose, peeling off petals.

  • I write
  • I write not
  • I write
  • I write not
  • I write

During my time off, I have set new personal goals for me and the hubs. I’ve been on vacation in the lovely Orange Beach, AL. I’ve been busy with my professional commitments. I’ve been happy go lucky. I’ve been down in the dumps. I’ve lost family on my husband’s side. I’ve met new people and joined a local book club.

I think I’ve done just about everything except clean my house…

And this is what I think that means: I am a writer!

But I’ve also decided that maybe I’m not the writer that people expect. I don’t really want to write fiction – at least not at this point in my life. I can look at someone on the train and make up a story about them in a heartbeat (it’s the Southern in me), but I don’t feel passionate about writing those stories down.

Instead, I feel like I am a non-fiction writer through and through. I want to serve others. I want to offer something that will improve someone’s life. When I look back on my life, I realize every job I’ve had – whether I realized it or not – was providing a service in some way. It was meant to improve someone else’s life.

One minor exception: retail. But who hasn’t done a stint in retail?

So, I’m going to focus my writing. I have some ideas up my sleeve; literally, they’re written on my arm (just kidding, Mom). So stay tuned. This writer’s life is just beginning.

How do you focus your writing?

Book Title: Talent is Never Enough
Author: John C. Maxwell

Book Review:

John Maxwell is the leader of leaders, literally. He is one of the predominant experts on leadership. I just finished his book Talent is Never Enough. Here’s my reaction:

It left me encouraged and driven. We all have talents. We all have dreams. But sometimes we forget that we are responsible for achieving our goals. What’s more than that – the choices we make every day will help us or prevent us from achieving those goals. Maxwell’s book takes you through 13 choices – that’s 13 things you can do to maximize your talent.

If you need some direction for your dream-filled life, this book may be what you need to guide you.  If you’re trying to achieve your goals but find yourself struggling, this book may lift you up. If you need a little kick in the caboose, this book may have boots.

Have you read Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell? What did you think?

Note: This review expresses my personal opinion about John C. Maxwell’s Talent is Never Enough. I was not paid for this review.

Success Does Not Define You

February 6, 2011

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
–  Winston Churchill

Last week, I asked you how You Define Success, but this week, I want to ask you if success defines you. Sometimes, I can get so caught up in being successful that I let that define me. The problem with this is that, as Winston Churchill implied, success and failure go hand in hand. If I let success define me, how much more will I be defined by my failures?

Instead, I know I need to concentrate on the things that truly matter in life: my faith and my family. I could spend time doing the things I love with the people I love rather than chasing success.

This does not mean I do not have goals for my life. I do. I have goals for my marriage, my career, my blog. I have hopes and dreams, and I want to be successful. I just don’t want success to define me…because if it does, I may always feel like a failure.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Do you let success define you? Do you think success and failure go hand in hand? How do you balance success and failure?

Word of the Day: Goal
Word to the Wise:  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

 Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to discourage you from being successful. I encourage you to set goals for yourself and strive to achieve them. If and when you fail, research Alexander Graham Bell, who was told the telephone would never be a success; read about Alexander Fleming, who found his cultures seemingly ruined before discovering penicillin; look up Thomas Edison, who failed to invent the light bulb 1,000 times before he succeeded; consider Babe Ruth, who held the record for striking out before he held the record for homeruns. Read similar stories at http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/efficacynotgiveup.html.