Monday, May 30, 2016

When "YOU" Becomes a Verb

There are three quotes that are rocking my world right now.  I wanted to share them with you and perhaps add comment to each one.  Let’s go.

~If you do not go after what you want,
you will never have it.
As a writer, this hits me between the eyes.  I could rest on my past successes and boast of my six blogs and numerous clicks and how many countries that read my stuff.  All of that is well and good, however, I want to write more books.  I have a novel I started in 2005.  It is time to go after that novel. 

I don’t know of a single publisher who is going to come to me tomorrow, knock on my door and offer a publishing contract just because I’m a nice guy, have written four books, and write a few blogs every week.  So, I’m getting ready to rearrange my life and my schedule and finish this book.  Wish me success.  I am going after my dream!

~If you do not ask, the answer will always be NO.
Fear of rejection has stopped more promising careers, more projects, more creative ideas and more inventions than any other factor on earth. 

Fear of rejection stops …
  First dates
   Job interviews
    Brilliant projects from jumping off the 
    drawing board
      And thousands of other worthwhile ideas.

I knocked on the banking door 2 years ago.  I asked for a position and they let me in.  What doors do you need to go to and knock on?  Do it tomorrow, for your own sake.

~If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.
Seven years ago I was a wanna-be writer.  With a little nudge from my step-son I began blogging.  Appreciation goes to his nudge, but notice I had to step forward.  You won’t believe the fear and trepidation I felt in the early days when it came time to press “PUBLISH”.  Fear came along side. Panic set in.  The negative ninnies camped next door.  You know them, right?

Their mantra goes something like this:
   What if nobody reads your stuff?
      What if they laugh you out of town?
         What if it’s bad.?
            What if you say something stupid?
               What if you have a typo or three?

Thankfully I tuned them out. 

And I’ve landed on my feet.

There you have it.  Three challenging thoughts that we all need to spend some time reviewing. 

Remember, YOU can do YOUR thing better than anyone else.

Let YOU be seen!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, May 23, 2016

ABR (Always Be Reading

Honestly, the title says it all. 


A person can learn a lot from reading.  Seriously?!

I am a reader.  I have five books to my left as I write this, and I am dipping into all of them from time to time.  And often I’ll stop reading, grab a pen and my always handy Moleskin notebook and jot down significant ideas, words and phrases that jump out at me.

My library is one of the possessions I value the most.  My friends talk to me through my library, and some of them have been dead for a long time. 

I will resist prescribing books you should have in your library.  Really, just read what is of interest to you.

In a book I just finished, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, we find this quote.

Read.  By all means … READ!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Initiator

Initiators start things.  They are often the first ones in line.  They speak first in a greeting. 

They reach out their hand first to help.
Initiators do while others still mull.
They start.  Initiators start.

Initiators sign on the dotted line.

They build what they dream.
Initiators go out, find the way, the blaze a new trail to where they want to be.

So you won’t think I’m just all talk, here’s my story.  I am a writer who talked of writing for thirty years.  THIRTY YEARS!  That’s a long time to be all talk and no show.

One fine day I decided to be an initiator with my writing.  I began with one blog – ONE.  They have now grown to six blogs – one being a rhyming blog – and over 200,000 clicks.  And I have published four books.

I can’t encourage you to initiate unless I too initiate.

What have you initiated lately?

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time