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Where I am in My Total Life Makeover Affirmations Of Previous Months

What should I do now?

What should I do now?

January” ” I am organized and productive.” Since I have been getting ready to move, I have gone through my things again and threw out more of what I want bcause I am continuing to downsize.

February: “I am energetic, fit,, strong, and healthy”..I am continuing to eat healthy foods. However, I have not been exercising as I should have.

March:  “I First seek to Understand, then seek to be understood” regarding this affirmation, my focus has been on my family. To tell the truth, this is probably the one affirmation that I find most difficult. I am discovering that I am really resenting that my daughter is getting close with my husband’s girlfriend and that I have being squeezed out of her life. I am trying to be understanding, but all I feel is anger.

April:“I am a spiritual being in a physical body”. I have been spending a lot of time this month building on this affirmation. This month I added Wednesday Bible Studies here on How My Spirit Sings and on Sundays, I write another short Bible Study on Bubblews. The Bible Study on Bubblews has been getting a lot of  attention. I have enjoyed the conversations that I have had with people on that site.

May’s Affirmation

:” I am In Control of My Destiny.”

This month, I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and do things that show that I am indeed in control of my own destiny. This month on Sunday 5/17/2015 I went to church three times on that same day, and on the last time, I asked the pastor of the church if I could give the message on June 7. As of yet, I have not had a confirmation of that request. In another situation, I got a new to me travel trailer in which to live. In addition, the location where we were to put the trailer fell through and I was required to make several calls to help me decide where to set up the trailer.

I have been digesting the book 50 lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever. by Vic Johnson. From this book I have been worked on various ways to remind myself that I and no one else is in control of my destiny.

This month I had a photo taken to use in advertizing, social media,and on my book covers. In addition, I re-edited my book When God Turned His Head again.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

How I Did in March

Branson Landing

Branson Landing

It is hard to believe that March is already over. It is time now to see how well I have done this month. My affirmation is: “I Seek First to Understand, then to be understood.” My intentions were to begin working on developing new relationships, however, the direction I ended up taking was in solidifying the relationships of those closest to me. I spent time developing the relationship with my roommates kids so that we are as much strangers as we have been since I moved in. Second, I went on a trip with my daughter to Branson. Three, I spent time with my son Jonathan who was here this month from Hawaii. I had a great time with my children at Colton’s Steak House.

I determined that I would change my headings for the month toward that direction. I have determined that I will be calling my children more, not so much to bother them like an old busy-body, but to let them know that their mother thinks about them every day. I am really grateful that each of my children have their own lives and that I prepared them toward being independent individuals. I know I am not a perfect mother, but I at least have allowed each of them to develop independent of me. Each one of them is capable of standing on their own two feet, even my not quite 14 year-old daughter.

Keeping Up With January and February Affirmations

I have not forgotten my affirmations from January and February either.

January, if you remember was “I am Organized and Productive.I have (for the most part) continued to use the schedule that I set up for myself in January.  I have continued with that in that I have cleaned out a closet that needed organization. In addition, I have made changes on my novel A Coward’s Solace as my first beta reader suggested and I handed it off to my second beta reader. I have also kept up with submitting to Bubblews and writing this blog regularly. In addition, I have been working on developing my author platform. I have started making arrangements for putting my book A Coward’s Solace Back out as a free book on April 4 & 5.

February My affirmation was “I am Energetic, Fit, Strong, and Healthy”. This month, I have been exercising on my roommate’s elliptical machine as well as continuing to eat healthy foods and taking vitamins. I HAVE NOT BEEN DIETING, I have simply been eating healthier and yet since last July drum roll peace, I have lost 30 pounds. It may not be fast weight loss, but like the tortoise, slow and steady will win in this race. I am seriously thinking about writing a book about this health gaining experience.

Coming Up In April

April’s Affirmation is “I Am A Spirit Being On A Physical Journey”. This month in honor of the fact that Easter, my blog will focus on Godly women of the Bible. Over the past few years, as I have read my Bible, I have found that many traditions concerning women of the Bible are inaccurate and have been promoted by books like Dan Brown’s The De Vince Code.. I am not sure exactly why this is true. Some of it may be because of the fact that our western culture is based on patriarchal society. Other reasons may be because Christianity has over the years embraced certain pagan traditions as Christian traditions.

I want to look at the Godly women of the Bible and determine how these women relate to me as a modern Christian woman. What can I take away from their experiences in my growth this year? Even more important, how can I share these insights with other women?

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

The other day, I hear someone say something about productivity that was so profound, that I had to remember it. I was listening to a video and the man on the video said that before he started doing a task or project, he asked himself if there was anything more important that he should have been doing at that moment.

What should I do now?

What should I do now?

  Is there something more important that I should be doing rather than doing what I am doing right now?

If I were to be doing something, and I were to come up with an answer that was not no, then I would have to ask myself why am I not doing the thing that is more important? The answer to that question, if answered honestly would probably give you a reason for your procrastination of the reason that you are not doing the more important project.

That can be said about anything that we are doing. If I am tired, is working on that project the most important thing I should be doing? Probably not. Sometimes, getting a good night’s sleep and working on that project in the morning might just probably be the most profitable thing I can do both in the standpoint of the project and my health. I have learned that sleep is a high priority on my list of things to do.

My Most Important Project: Finishing and Publishing A Coward’s Solace

I am coming close to finishing my novel A Coward’s Solace the third book in the Locket Saga. In a few days I will be publishing a private copy for my first beta reader to read. She will read it and give me feedback on what she thought of it.  In the meantime I will be doing a survey on what one of four covers others would like to see on the book.

My Next Big Project: Sailing Under the Black Flag.

I am looking forward to working on my next novel which I call Sailing under the Black Flag. I have been reading lately about the editing process, and like all good writers, I will try to streamline my editing process and put out a better product with each book that I write. Fortunately, I know most of my main characters and I have finished much of my research, and I have finished my first draft. To streamline my editing process, I am going to edit my first draft before moving onto my second draft of 80 thousand words. I will determine what works and what doesn’t work in the first draft so that I am not tripping over poorly written, unnecessary words just so that I can get word count. This is what slowed me down in writing A Coward’s Solace. I didn’t want to lose my word count. The swift knife of editing before moving on will take care of that.

While I am working on my edits of Sailing Under the Black Flag, I am going to create an on-going writing and editing strategy for getting my books written and into my readers more regularly. I have four first drafts of novels in the Locket Saga written and I have the ambitious goal of getting three of those books out this year. If I develop a strategy to get it all done, and actually put in the time every day to make it happen, there is no reason I can’t complete this goal.

Developing an On-going Marketing Strategy

This is one area where I have to admit that I have not done very well when it has come to writing my books. What good is writing the best book ever written (I know, that’s pretty grandiose, but then what is authorship but a grandiose experience?) if no one knows its out there. Its like asking the question: If a tree in the forest falls to the ground, but no one hears it, does it actually make a sound. Of course it does, but there is no one there to care.

As it stands right now, I have a couple of ideas for my first three books that I need to implement right away. These ideas should also help me develop my marketing strategy for both A Coward’s Solace and Sailing Under the Black Flag. More on this as my marketing strategy unfolds.

Planning Ahead for February

I know that we are just over half way through with January, but I am already thinking ahead and planning for my affirmation and posts for February. Here’s what I am thinking. My February Affirmation will be: I am energetic, healthy, and fit. Rather than taking one specific action each day, I am going to change it out a bit and create a checkoff sheet of healthy things that I will do or not do every day of the month. I can even include on this sheet a place to write down how I feel that day about checking off or not checking off the items on the sheet. In order to get this done by February, I will definitely need to have created the sheet before the beginning of that month. Again, more about this later.

Planning for the Rest of the Year

I have a document that I created at the beginning of the month that outlines a little of what I might want to accomplish during the coming year. These include affirmations that still need work. I am also going to start working on some ideas for bubblews that I want to write during the year. (So far I have most of this month’s bubblews written). (Check out my bubblews entries here) During the remainder of this month (January), I intend to work on this document so that I am better able to focus on the other projects that I intend to have done by the end of the year.

If the remainder of the year is as fruitful for me as this month has already been for me, I believe that I will have a successful year indeed.

Affirmations are Statements of Faith

Romanian Monastery

Romanian Monastery

Some Christians believe that affirmations that people set in front of them and meditate on are new age concepts that Christians should not participate in using them. This however cannot be further from the truth. The Bible tells us to meditate on scriptures. Scriptures which are statements of truth. That is all that an affirmation is, a statement of what we believe should be true. An affirmation directly out of the Bible that individuals who are sick should read is from Isaiah 53:5: “by his stripes we are healed.”

Another word for affirmation is intention. This affirmation or any affirmation says something about how I intend to grow in character. I use the statement rather than putting this affirmation into a desire. Rather than saying  I will be organized and productive, I say I am organized and productive.This statement is in the present tense rather than the future tense because I intend to reinforce  this affirmation  with action today.

Affirmations like Bible memory verses should be meditated on throughout the day. The first thing I do in the morning is read the affirmation. I have the affirmation posted in numerous places and read them at various times during the day. I have a card that I carry with me in my purse. Before I go to bed at night, I read over the affirmation. Sometime during the day I do at least one (often small) action that reinforces the affirmation.

Affirmations Are More Effective if Backed Up with Action

Faith if it has not works is dead being alone. Yes, a man may say you have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2: 17&18

I have read studies that state that affirmations on their own do little to change an individual’s behavior. I know that is true with me. If I read an affirmation, if I do not really believe it, I cannot make myself read affirmations until I believe what I am reading. No matter how loud or how many times I read the affirmation, there’s still that little voice in my head that says that there is no substance to the affirmation.

Other studies, however, say that when affirmations are most effective when backed up by actions. Actions give affirmations are given substance. For instance, since the beginning of the year, every day,  I have been putting action to this affirmation. I wrote out the affirmation card (organization). I cleaned my closet (organization). I wrote a Bubblew for every day so far this year (production). This is my third Blog for this year (production). I have worked on the final edit of my newest book A Coward’s Solace. I write down all the action that I have done so that I can visualize what I have already done. This also adds substance to the affirmation.

Using Streaks to Maintain Momentum

Jerry Seinfeld said that when he was writing jokes, he would write so many jokes per day. As soon as he had written that many jokes that day, he would put an “X” on his calendar. Once the “X” was on the calendar, he determined that he would then be done for the day. He knew that it was more important to write jokes every day than it was to spend a lot of time on one day writing his jokes. When he looked at his calendar, he knew that the streak of “X”‘s on his calendar indicated that he was being productive and was making progress. He would get bummed if he had to start over because he broke his winning streak.

I have a couple of .projects that I too am using streaks to move ahead. One way that I am using this method is in learning the Spanish language. I am using Duolingo as the program that I am using because for one it is free and  two it is easy for me to use. I don’t have to do anything accept do one ten point lesson per day and I have a streak some days I do more, but all I require myself to do is one lesson per day. To this date, my winning streak is 33 days. For more information about this program, check out my article Learn a Language for Free.

The other way that I use it is for keeping track of the days that I am working on current work in progress in The Locket Sage Book 3: A Coward’s Solace. I have to admit, I have not been as successful with this because my streak is currently only 3 days long.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

As was stated earlier, it is not as important to do a lot every day as much as it is important to do at least a little every day. By focusing on the affirmations and the consistent daily action, My goal this month of being organized and productive is being realized. It is not even as difficult as I thought it would be. It really does take a goal and the determination and faith to do the work required to make the goal a reality.

Make Plans not Resolutions

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution only to break that resolution a few days after making it? I know that I have. That is why this year, I am not making resolutions. Instead I am setting goals for the year, creating one affirmations per month and then using daily actions to reinforce those affirmations.

A cygnet becomes a swan regardless to what the ducks think.

A cygnet becomes a swan regardless to what the ducks think.

My goals for 2015.

1. Become a more charismatic person by becoming more social- attend a church service every Wednesday and attend church events that are on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays.
2. Look more beautiful on the outside. I will take the time to look good every morning before beginning my day.
3. Get my three books out in 2015-these three books are A Coward’s Solace, Sailing Under the Black Flag and In the Shadow of the Millpond.
4. Sell at least 1000 books per month on kindle current level less than one per month.
5. Organize my computer, physical spaces, and time toward becoming more productive
6. Become healthier, energetic, strong, and fit
7. Practice being kind rather than being right.
8. Develop ongoing campaigns for each book.
9. Blog posts at least 2 times per week
10. 365 bubblews this year
11. Better overall author platform overall, better facebook, linkedin, google +, YouTube presence
12. 200 featured hubs, 10 K twitter followers
13. Complete Spanish language course (start French course in 2016)

I will use affirmations to help me achieve these goals.

What are Affirmations?

An affirmation, according to dictionary(dot)search(dot)yahoo(dot)com  used in the sense that I use it here is that it is a noun which is:

  • Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.

  • A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion.

    The theory is that by telling myself a specific statement over and over again, I will convince myself that I believe that it is true and I will live my life accordingly. The problem with the affirmation theory is that if I don’t believe the affirmation, my mind will dismiss the affirmation as a lie that I am telling myself and I will never believe it. Therefore, it is always good to start using affirmations that I at least half way believe and that I can make actionable to reinforce that affirmation.

    So how can I get myself to believe my affirmations? My intentions are to create affirmations which I can take small actions on a daily basis which reinforce the affirmations as truth. By using small actions, I don’t have to make major commitments of time or energy to reinforce the affirmation. In my next blog, I will demonstrate how i am using this affirmation with followup actions to not only reach my goals, but also to make lasting changes to my character.



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