Monday, April 15, 2013

The #1 Success Habit You Can't Do Without by Dr. Fred R. Lybrand

Dr Fred Lybrand states in his introduction, "There is no answer," but he states that readers are "about to encounter a principle ... one that can be applied in many settings across the boundaries of time and culture."

The principle he lays out in his book is a good one. It looks like it could work for everyone. But Lybrand acknowledges that it will only work if the reader takes action. He even helps the reader to do that by providing a workbook that can be downloaded from the internet and used to personalize each chapter.

There are some surprises in the book, like the statement, "the enemy of action is dishonesty." And there are sound Biblical principles and ethics that Lybrand never fails to point out.

This is a small book packed with good stuff about how to make your business and your life more efficient. All you have to do is read it and then do what it says. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

The book is available in paperback and Kindle format on Amazon
Learn more about Dr. Lybrand on his website

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Of Muse Jars and other Essential Things.

I was chatting with a friend this morning and sharing about how nervous I was when I had to go about asking people for endorsements for my work. I confided that I was afraid that those I asked would respond in a negative way. (What if they hate my writing?)

My friend was amazed. "How could you think that?" she said.

"Self-doubt is a plague a lot of writers struggle with," I responded. It's one with which I am very familiar.

I was feeling quite discouraged not long ago and sat at my computer desk with all kinds of negative thoughts running rampant. Then I glanced up. I have a hodge-podge of photos and memorabilia on a ledge above my monitor. Just as I scanned them that day, my eyes rested on my muse jar. I made one for each table at InScribe's Fall Conference a few years ago. I saved a special one for myself, it's an old antique sealer jar that has a few pebbles in the bottom anchoring a picture of Lucy Maude Montgomery, author of the Anne and Emily books. I chose Lucy because it was after reading Emily of New Moon at the age of eleven that I decided to become a writer. Looking up at my muse jar encouraged me again and I turned back to my work.

Discouragement is a common problem for writers so it's advisable to keep things around you that will inspire you. Photos are good, especially those of friends and loved ones smiling back at you - I have a couple of myself with friends from writers' conferences that always make me smile. Things like my muse jar help too, and award certificates are physical reminders that my work has meant something to someone. A photo with Rudy Wiebe taken at his mentoring workshop reminds me of his words, "this is good writing," spoken as he critiqued my manuscript . A tiny crystal mouse, given to me by my brother when I was quite young reminds me that even small and seemingly insignificant things have purpose. A card my daughter gave me often helps - it's a picture of a woman doing a headstand on a mountaintop and bears the words, "unsteady at first, it was perseverance that saw her through." A photo of me teaching a workshop reminds me that I have skills to offer, things I can give others.

So fill your workspace with encouraging things. You never know when you might need them. You never know when the Lord will use them to lift your heart and remember you are doing what he created you to do.

 Abundant Rain, Inspiration for Writers of Faith
Now available on Amazon (Canada) Amazon (U.S.) and on my website