How to be Successful

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” ~Jim Rohn Since I’ve never heard anyone say they wanted to fail or to grow up to be an underachiever, I’m assuming that we would all like to be successful. However, if that’s the case, then why do so many of us fall short? Because wishing and being are two different things. And the dreaded “D” word, discipline, is the key ingredient. I’d like

Prioritizing the To-Do List

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis of Assisi I love lists. Daily to-do lists. Weekly goals. Groceries. Marketing contacts. Project steps. Writing ideas. And almost as much as making the lists, I love crossing things off of them! (Confession time: I’ve been known to put things on a list after I did it, just so I could draw a line through it.) But

Vacations – Mountains

This week we’re continuing our summer of virtual vacations by heading for the hills. I live close to the Rocky Mountains, so it’s not hard to imagine driving up winding canyon roads hemmed in by steep rock faces. As we gain altitude, we are surrounded by hillsides of evergreen trees sprinkled with the lighter green of aspen leaves. The pine-scented air may be light on oxygen, but it’s noticably missing the smog of city life. Jagged rocks contrast with delicate

Overcoming

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” ~Helen Keller As a child, I remember reading a book about Helen Keller. If anyone knew first hand about overcoming, she was certainly one of them! Left deaf and blind after illness at age 19 months, it was years before Helen discovered the power of sign language and communication through her teacher, Anne Sullivan. She went on to college and in 1904,

The Applause of One

“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.” ~Dale Carnegie Last week was the end of the school year, complete with elementary awards assemblies and field day. A time to honor those who have achieved great things and celebrate their accomplishments. But not everyone got a certificate. Not everyone is gifted with artistic or athletic abilities. What about those who went home empty handed? What about me? I’ll be

Making Friends

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” ~Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) Growing up and through high school, I was very shy and insecure. Somehow, I’d gotten the impression that others would reject me if they really knew me. That it was better to stay quiet and out of sight on the perimeter of the crowd than to be singled out for attention. I remember my

Hard Work

Dreams are nice, but as Thomas Edison said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” Work is physical or mental activity done in order to achieve a purpose. A sustained effort to overcome obstacles in order to produce or accomplish something. And hard work would be … um, extra work in order to reach the goal. Last week I went to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. In many ways, attending a conference qualifies as work,

Your Dream Is Possible

“I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences.”~Les Brown When I think about the word “dream,” I used to imagine grandiose, pie-in-the-sky, seeming impossibilities. Those kind of images usually haunt my sleep when I’m on cold medicine — like riding a purple-spotted hippopotamus down the middle of Main Street after winning the World Series. Never. Going. To. Happen. But the word dream can also mean a hope. Or a condition or aspiration

In God We Trust

On my way to the gym, I drove past a church marquee board with the following saying: In God We Trust … It’s right on the money. Since I’m a writer, I appreciated the play on words. And then the message hit home. This simple, yet profound, statement of faith is perfectly true in each and every situation. In the face of a medical diagnosis. In a heartbreaking or rocky relationship. In disappointing news. In turbulent economic

The Wall

Years ago, way back in high school, I used to be a long distance runner. Most races ranged from a mile to three miles, but my sophomore year, I entered a half-marathon. That’s over 13 miles of putting one foot in front of the other.  I can still remember parts of that race. The starting line was miles up a canyon in Utah. Soon after the gun fired, the pack of runners spread out along the winding, scenic road