Today I began working on my Day 9 project for the ShutUpAndWriteathon.  Yes, a few days late, but Stella told us we were allowed to not show up, to write what and when we wanted and to not beat ourselves up.  I was/am committed to complete the entire 10 days, so today I sat down and wrote.

Each day we were given prompts that we could follow, or not. Today’s prompts were:

“In the fight with your mean wolf, what has been the most helpful for you?  What hasn’t been helpful?  What are 3 new disciplines or instructions you have for yourself when it comes to your writing going forward?

Here is my response/writing for this Day 9 activity.

I managed to work through the first 8 days of SUAW, but then my old enemy, PROCRASTINATION, came by and persuaded me that I had other things to do first and then I could get at my writing.  I think he is my true mean wolf, the one who keeps me from doing what I need to do to move my business forward – may shadow wolf – my ego wolf – the one who says “it doesn’t really matter, what difference will it make if  you don’t do it?”

Well Mr. Shadow Wolf, it makes a big difference!  1 in how I feel about myself, 2 in how I can help others 3 in how I will move forward in my business.

I did a Time Management workshop for a group of young people yesterday and we discussed procrastination and how it can have a detrimental impact on our lives.  We talked about Brian Tracy’s idea of eating a frog, not a literal frog, but tackling the most difficult problem first instead of letting it sit on your shoulder all day nagging in your ear.  I told them about something I read years ago about writing a list at the end of the day of 6 things to do the next day and asking yourself this question; “What is the one thing that I can do, that I don’t want to do, that will move my business or personal life forward?”

I realize this is a question I need to start asking myself again on a daily basis and then write down the answer.  That way I can hold myself more accountable and it doesn’t become just a thought.  It becomes more real and it will get accomplished.

I recently joined the Power Manifesting group and it’s tough.  It’s a challenge to become more!  To look at what I really want and to find ways to grow in that direction by manifesting what is already around me.  One of the things I wanted was “more money” and I got a coupon for a free burger and also found a $2 coin.  Also my boyfriend gave me $20 – value over $25 in just a couple of days.  Oh yes, and I did that workshop which will give me another $150.00.

One of the other things I want/need is more “me” time.  Time for me to discover more about who I am and what I want, as well as how to get it.  I have manifested many good things already and am looking to see what happens.

Next step – make a cup of coffee and read an e-book “Stronger Than Circumstances” by Mary Morrisey.  When I’m done I will post this article to my blog where it will hopefully encourage others.

Well, my 10 minute timer went off a little while ago, so I will close for now.

To your speaking/writing success

Fran Watson

P.S.  Here is the link to the Power Manifesting Info

P.P.S.  Holy cow…talk about manifesting – that e-book was a reinforcement of what I am learning in Power Manifesting and there were some points that really spoke to me.  I will leave you with this one piece and I will write more tomorrow.  I choose to serve the part of me that wants to go forward, to experience life to its fullest and I choose to move confidently in the direction of my dream.

By Fran Watson

Involved in public speaking since 2000. Joined Toastmasters in 2002 and have served in all Executive roles including serving one year as the District Public Relations Officer. Achieved my DTM in 2014. Develop and facilitate workshops in the area of employment and career development.

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