Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

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I was 4 years old and at a family cookout, swimming in the pool. When no one was watching, I decided that I wanted to try and climb out of the pool using the ladder that was on the deep end. I remember using my tip toes to follow a ring around the deep end that was just high enough, I could keep my head above water.

Then, in the blink of an eye, my foot slipped and I sank to the bottom of the deep end. I remember being so scared, I couldn’t breathe and being to young to understand death, I just worried about getting air.

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Then a large splash entered the water and a family member threw their arms around me and pull me to the very ladder I was trying to get to. Half a dozen people were their to fetch me from the water immediately and all I remember was coughing and finding it hard to breathe even out of the water.

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I did catch my breathe and began to feel just as I had before I went under. However, that day has stayed with me for 34 years, as I developed a fear of water, swimming pools and lakes.

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This Father’s Day weekend, and keeping in the routine of changing my life, I faced that fear and won! My family went to a lake in central Illinois, where I got on a boat for the first time in 30 years and swam in the lake twice for the first time ever! The result of that grind to face my challenge…the reward of having a great time on the water with my sons!

 

As with any setback, fear or doubt in life, if you feel like you can do it then you must meet that which is holding you back, head on and watch your reward reveal itself on the other side. Success is grown with a constant push against basic and average. For me, this weekend was about taking my mindset to the next level and I did it! Even when taking a break from your routine, you have to be in ‘change’ mode! Have a great week ahead everyone!

Work was busy, ready for evenings to begin in August and for schools to get back in session so Barney & Lexi and The Lizard Wizard can meet more students and inspire them to create!!

Although school is out for the summer, it WILL NOT slow this author down! I just got an e-mail, letting me know that an article I have written for Tri-State OUTDOORS Magazine is past the layout process and will go to print very soon and is scheduled for a July 1st release date!

Last night, I began work on my outline for my presentation with the SCBWI in Chicago, this September. I might only get one shot at an opportunity like this and am gong to shoot for the moon, because even if I miss, I’ll still find myself among the stars!

With some needed e-mails sent out and work caught up to this moment, I am heading out with Lynden, Ethan and Rylen, to watch them play baseball in the country league, Chauncey Community Baseball. I hope everyone has a great evening and wonderful Tuesday!

Being a writer is far from easy, the decision was simple, I love creating stories out of thin air! Easy would imply that no work was needed to succeed, way wrong belief! Here is a quote that I use every time things slow down for a second on the track to success…

 

Whatever road your on, there will be trials, trials by fire. But when the flames burn out, will you still stand tall?

It was midnight and standing in the Senior hallway of Lawrenceville High School, my idea was finished! Pushing my comfort zone, I left the 2017 graduates something I wish I had when I graduated 20 years ago this month.

I took motivational quotes, biographies and phrases, no two alike, and placed them on the locker of every Senior. It is my hope that these quotes will serve them as a reminder that their only competition is in the mirror!

I believe that when we can give something back, real value is felt!

Congratulations and and Best Wishes to the graduates on a very successful life ahead!