“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

–          Abraham Lincoln

Children around the world grow up believing in different mythic beings – Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, among others. Many people believe that you are what you think. Think positive thoughts and you attract positive people. Words and thoughts can change our lives and the paths we head down. There are many books written along these lines: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and Oh Shi*f*t! How to Change Your Life with One Little Letter by Jennifer Powers.

Music also speaks of believing: When You Believe (from The Prince of Egypt) and I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Miserables) to name but two of many songs. A middle aged British woman had a dream – and she believed, and guess what? Yes, I’m talking about Susan Boyle, who’s dream she is now living every day.

As a writer, you work hard at your writing, developing unique characters, creating interesting plots and subplots. You draft and revise. And revise until you have the best story you can write. Next comes the query letter and submitting your story or novel for publication. You wouldn’t be doing all this work if you were not passionate about writing, about your story.

Do you believe in YOU enough to put your writing out there over and over again, no matter what? (That’s what it takes to become published – never giving up, believing in YOU.)

Not to say you won’t face challenges – we all do, and this is how we learn life lessons. And so, I ask: do you believe in YOU?

As we approach 2010, keep this thought in mind:

The most wonderful holiday gift you can give to yourself is to believe in YOU.

Question for today: What might you do differently in the coming year to show yourself and others that YOU BELIEVE IN YOU?

Happy Holidays and an Awesome New Year!

Best Wishes,

June

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