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Thoughts and Emotions--Powerful Tools to Improve Your Writing

Thoughts and core beliefs have more impact than I once believed. As soon as I understood their impact, I brought them under my control. Thoughts and the emotions of core beliefs have become devices to produce self-fulfilling prophecies for improvement in my craft. Over the years, I’ve learned to expect the outcome I envision. Maybe not as soon as I want, but eventually.

When I was young, I’d worry and fret. In time, I learned that worry did no good. Its negativity drained my energy and distracted me from my goal. Little by little, I changed my attitude.

Perhaps, you’ve had similar experiences.

Disappointments slowed the process, but I learned to stay focused with a positive expectation. The result is that all is well in the end, although that end may not have the exact dimensions I planned for it.

Often, the end turns out better than I envisioned. The key is:

  • Keep happy with your goal.
  • Dissolve frustrations as quickly as practical by distracting yourself away from the negative and toward the positive.
  • Little by little, chip away at the learning curve and gain confidence.

Try it. You may be surprised at the result.

The same technique works in everyday life as it does in the craft of writing.

  • Set your goal.
  • Stay focused.
  • Enjoy the journey (the learning process).
  • Take baby steps.
  • Keep impatience at a minimum.
  • Stay happy about your progress.
  • Don’t beat up on yourself because the goal is still to be reached.
  • Congratulate yourself on the steps already taken.

Sooner or later, you’ll notice that you’ve reached goal after goal—without being aware you were that close to the finish line.

Happy thoughts!



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