Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dump Those Insecurities. Write That Book.

Thank to ALEX CAVANAUGH
Studies show that physical actions and positions can determine success and failure.  If you see successful people you often see them with open faced expressions, not those pinched ones of someone who's worried they're not doing the right thing, the right way. Or you see them standing tall and poised for action. They're not hunched over, biting their bottom lip.

On those Insecure Days, (the ones I'd rather not have) I do six things. 

STOP in place. 
STAND TALL, SMILE and STRETCH out my arms with palms OPEN.
and SAY "Yes."

Once I do that, how can I be Insecure anymore? I've just said YES to the universe. It does make a difference and it's so much easier to get on with the business of writing a good book.

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This month I'm taking a break, so if I don't get back to you right away, it's because 
1) I'm sleeping. 2) I'm writing 3) I've found that beach and am wriggling my toes in warm sand,
OR
 4) And this is the more likely scenario. . . I'm trying to sort out my life. 
I'll check in with you more regularly when I return in October! 

What do you do when Insecurity strikes?  Do you have any quotes to inspire? Share, please. 

55 comments:

  1. I'm going to give it a try when I get to work. It may garner some really funny looks, but that's OK. It'll be worth it.

    While I hope you sort out your life satisfactorily, I do really hope that you find that beach and can wiggle your toes in the sand!

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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    1. Packing this afternoon. Leaving tomorrow. Hope all that stretching paid off and others copied you. :-)

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  2. We'll miss you this month.
    And you're right - hard to worry when you're smiling.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I'll pop in to blogs when I can. Congrats on that new website. Lovely.

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  3. Enjoy your break! Seriously, because it'll be over before you know it. I just got back from my break and I'm like, "What? Already?" (;
    I like your positive attitude and that is something I need to work on.
    Take care and see you in October.

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    1. I know what you mean, Elise. Hope your break was wonderful!

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  4. Smile, stretch, and say yes - what a great attitude!

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  5. I like that philosophy. Say "Yes" to whatever the universe has to offer. Have a good sabbatical.
    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  6. I love this idea. I'm going to try it next time I'm feeling insecure. Which if I'm being honest will probably be about five minutes from now. I've gone at least ten minutes since the last bout and I can't go much longer.

    Hope you're having a very productive break. Take care!

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    1. Security is such a fleeting feeling. Give it a try. Let us know if it works.

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  7. Timing is an interesting thing. Before today, I was feeling pretty alright with a few things. A little bad news sprinkled my way has those insecurities yapping at my ankles like a manic chihuahua.

    I hope things are going well with you as you work through various aspects of life as well...and as for stretching and saying "Yes"...I'm working on it :-)

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    1. LOL Manic Chihuahua! I can't even spell that right.

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  8. Thanks for this, Lee. I'm definitely standing with arms out, palms up and saying, "Yes."

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  9. have fun during your break. Yes, taking the right actions is stronger than sitting around worrying.

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    1. You practice that a lot, Catherine. I know that. :-)

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  10. I'll have to try that when I'm having a bad day. Interesting advice.

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  11. Thanks for the inspiration. And have a great break!

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  12. I like to go for a long walk. It tends to clear up whatever is causing the interference with my brain.

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    1. Oh yes. That's an amazing heart/mind strengthener!

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  13. I love this advice!!! Thank you!

    And I am wishing you a wonderful break full of rest, writing, warm sand, and whatever you need to sort out your life and times. Breaks can be wonderful for such things.

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    1. Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks so much. Hope you're good. See you after my break.

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  14. Good advice, Lee. As I like to tell people, if you look good, you feel great. I strive to hang on to that, no matter what.

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    1. Maybe that song, Put On A Happy Face, is right.

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  15. Yo human, Lee!

    Y'all goin' for a dump? Thanks for reminding me! I reckon da man wont notice it on da carpet.

    Anyway, these physical actions and positions. Never mind, I was thinkin' all dirty like my weird homie, yep, Gary da man!

    "STAND TALL, SMILE and STRETCH out my arms with palms OPEN.
    and SAY "Yes." Yes, you is rejoicing in dat "IWSG" and yo daze aint so bad then. Especially when you remember what "IWSG" actually means. Well, that's what it means in the delusional world of da man, Gary. If he ever found out that it doesn't mean, "I Was Seeking Gary", he would be totally devastated.

    Y'all all enjoy that break. You hear? And y'all inspire each other. Let the positivity breed dat positivity. Can I quote my human? Yes? No? Who is he? Right then, here goes. "We are not defined by our mistakes. What we learn from our mistakes, defines us."

    Be well and smile, my human friend.

    Stay chillin',

    Snoop Bloggy Dog in da Gangsta's Pawadise!

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    1. I love it when you rap with me, Penny.

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    2. Ah Lee, the dawg Penny, rapping with y'all havin' a ball at da club in da hood, I understood.

      Yo and what it is!

      Penny aka Snoop Bloggy Dog! Y'all...

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  16. OMG I'm totally going to do that stand in place and say YES thing. Enjoy the warm sand, OR figuring out your life :)

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    1. Maybe I can squeeze in a bit of both. Let's see. Thanks, Julie.

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  17. I hope you have a relaxing break and that sorting your life is easier than you expect. I tried your say-"Yes"-to-the-universe thing. But when I looked in the mirror, I saw the same old grumpy, worried face ... and is that my hair spiking up like that? Are those food stains on my shirt? My eyes are all beady and bloodshot! Holy crap, I'm either the Hulk or an overworked writer!

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  18. ooh...I'm going to do your "yes" exercise...often. Until it sinks in. :)
    Have fun finding yourself on your break and come back even stronger than before!

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    1. Thanks, River. Great to have your visit. I'll pop around to say hi.

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  19. You've had some tough happenings of late. I hope you find some peace in your time away.
    What an excellent observation about success! Thank you for sharing it with all of us, Lee.

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  20. Wonderful Advice, Lee. And you deserve a break.

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  21. Hope you are enjoying your much needed break! I love the advice you gave here and plan to try it asap. It makes sense to me. :)
    ~Jess

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  22. Enjoy your break, and keep saying YES! Sounds like a great way to stay positive in any situation, =)

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  23. Hope you get things sorted but with that attitude I'm sure it'll be a snap! See you soon. :)

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  24. I think a break ids and great idea and I hope it gets you back on track. X

    Shah X

    http://bit.ly/19mVwqD

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  25. Summer went too fast for me. At least I have a new batch of cool kiddos. I love to stare at the night sky to ground myself. Venus is especially amazing right now.

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  26. Have a good break. Those are all important things you have on your offtime agenda.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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  27. Have a nice break. Hope you get lots of toes in the sand time and come back all sorted out.

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  28. What a wonderful post!

    Enjoy the break! I can't believe how quickly the summer went by.

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  29. Saying 'yes' to the universe does sound empowering.

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  30. I like your approach. :-)

    Mainly, I remind myself of all I've achieved despite what my insecurities told me I can't do.

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  31. What a great and simple tool to use to open yourself up. I'll have to try this!

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  32. really inspired! I'll have to try this little technique of yours :)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  33. I hope you're on the beach and writing too. I did both.

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  34. Hi Lee - learning or accepting what's going on around you and not being pinched of face .. makes us so much easier to be around .. but I love your idea - I can imagine everyone's faces .. and that will make me laugh ..

    Good luck with the break and achieving those goals .. cheers Hilary

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  35. What a wonderful post! Thanks, Lee :)

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