The Great Law of Attraction Hoax (and what to do about it)


Did I just call the law of attraction a hoax?

Nah. What I meant to say is that I, we, have lost out on a missing piece or two on how to get what you want. How to achieve any goal.

Do you get what you want, from start to finish by trying to ‘think it into being?  Maybe it seems like it’s working at first.

You imagine and decide what you want.

Then you start your project, writing a book, working out, deciding to date, build your own business, etc. and you start seeing results.

You’re doing it!

And then…

You stop.

The adrenaline rush of a new beginning is gone. What happened to the law of attraction? You’re not attracting it anymore.

Maybe you peter out slowly, feeding yourself all kinds of lines about all the good reasons you quit. Oh, they’re really great reasons too.

And how you’ll get back to it one day.

  • You may tell yourself horrid things about what a loser you are.
  • Why can’t you just get started and keep doing it?
  • What happened to the Law of Attraction? You are thinking such amazing thoughts!
  • Why did you slow down, stall, stop?
  • How do all those other people that succeed at what you’re trying to do make it look easy?
  • Why can’t you be like the people on Facebook that are achieving their goals and documenting their success for all to see?

Let’s start with what it is that you want to do, get, accomplish.

For me, it’s completing blog posts for my readers, and working on writing books so I could be like JK Rowling and Stephen King, knocking them out and sharing them with millions.

In my imagination, a real writer does not let anything stop them. A real writer keeps a vision of her name on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Then I imagine that real writers have this magic spirit that keeps them going, through their lunch hours, crying kids, bad marriages, lack of money or lack of love.

They think it and it comes.

I imagine that they keep writing pretty effortlessly, yet I found out that it’s not like that for them at all. There is more to it than thinking their work into being.

Here’s what used to happen to me. I would start by thinking about a book I wanted to write. I said affirmations, smiled at myself in the mirror and said,

“Yes, you can do it”.

Then I would head out to the corner breakfast place, where the cheap coffee came with free refills, and the window faced the shopping center’s parking lot. At the next table there would usually be a mom with her kid fussing about in a highchair.

I didn’t pay attention to any of this when starting a new writing project because my excitement and determination was so strong. The law of attraction was working. I would get a few great writing sessions in that were focused and productive.

Then I start noticing that it got harder to keep working on my project. I would feel irritated when I wasn’t sure of the direction I was going in, and it just felt like work.

Not the fun, creative, vibrating-off-the-page kind of writing anymore.

‘Something must be wrong’, I thought,  because it’s not easy and exciting anymore.

What happened to the law of attraction? All that thinking, believing in myself, imagining myself at the podium of Harvard telling everyone how it’s done?

I would stop, wrap up my stuff and leave the cafe and join the loser section of the world with everyone else and their half finished projects.

I would tell myself,

‘I will come back tomorrow’, refreshed,

or ‘ I have to find another writing spot,

or ‘get more sleep’. 

I found myself slumping after my initial high of starting.

There’s a sad bunch of unfinished projects on my laptop in the slush pile called ‘amazing writing that I stopped when it wasn’t easy anymore’.

So here’s the big question: 

What is the follow up piece of the law of attraction?

How do you keep going and see your project, goal, writing, workout goal, etc. through until the end when the going gets boring, hard, stuck?

I have a horrible answer.

One I have avoided for years and years.

Most of the law of attraction teachings leave out a some very important pieces.

What they don’t tell you:

1) The #1 hidden piece:  It’s HARD. Don’t be fooled by how easy it looks when others talk about getting and doing what it is you want.

When you accept this, and let go of the idea that you can just think it into being, it’s actually very reassuring. Because when it gets hard and you tell yourself that its normal for it to be hard, that it’s supposed to be hard, you feel on track and you keep going.

When you expect it to be easy and then it gets hard, you stop – because you think maybe you’re on the wrong path.

This is what separates the people for whom the law of attraction works, and those for whom it does not work:

Definitely imagine your dream, goal and desires first. That is what the law of attraction requires.

Then hunker down and hustle.

2) Mt. Everest is not meant to be climbed alone.

Neither is writing a book, deciding to run a marathon, or starting a business, or even improving a relationship. 

FIRST: The law of attraction DOES start in your own mind, in your own heart and soul. It’s yours alone. 

THEN: There’s always a guide that knows the path you’re heading towards intimately.  Let THEM guide you

There’s a relationship coach that studied men and women for 20+ years, let her show you what she learned. (I love Alison Armstrong for this. She’s a relationship genius).  

There are Business coaches out there online offering free and paid content.  There are writing coaches (me) that can guide you to start and complete any writing project you desire and to get published.

So, It may look like others have it all together and are pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. They’re not.  Stephen King had his wife, Tabitha, who was a writer too, look over and critique all his writing. The President has tons of coaches and advisors, as does every athlete and really anyone that wants to make a BIG impact in some area.

3) You are great at SOME things, you’re not good at EVERYTHING. Just because you succeed in certain areas of your life on your own and it’s easy to self motivate, you may find that you need support in another area that is hard for you. 

I could get myself up day in and day out at 4:30 AM and blog, and complete my writing projects without a coach by now. I had a few writing and blogging coaches, not anymore.  I self motivate myself 100% and have been published many times over.

So I thought if I could do that,  I could coach myself towards any goal.

So when I wanted to run a 5K, I tried it myself. I signed up for a race, paid the fee and got myself a new pair of sneakers.

Did I do it?

NO. I did not even work out once.

  • Paying for the race did not help.
  • Buying a treadmill did not help.
  • Telling all my social media friends what I was doing did not help.
  • The doctor telling me I needed to work out did not help.
  • So I hired a running coach, and  I went from heavy breathing climbing 5 stairs to running 6+ miles a week.

It’s still hard for me to run. Really hard. But I do it, because someone is there coaching me and running right beside me. Giving me tips and pointers and encouraging my every single step.

And most importantly – reminding me that it IS hard. And that I have my reasons for running, and reminding me what they are. When I want to give up, there is someone there to support me in continuing and I am so grateful.     

The #1 Way to start and stick to your goal all the way through is to work with someone that has done it and can support you step by step.

To be accountable to someone.

To be encouraged and motivated when you feel like stopping.

To want what they have.

I do this for others as a writing and life planning coach very successfully.

Here are 10 things to do when you have a goal that you find yourself unable to begin, or find yourself stuck after a good start.

1) Get a coach that has success in the area that you want to set a goal in.

2) Self Awareness. Is this goal something you really want? Or are you doing it for some other reason. Think about it.

3) Admit that it’s hard. When you own that it’s hard work, you stop hating that it’s hard. You expect it, and you work through it, and begin feeling immense satisfaction in your doing something that’s admittedly hard for you.

4) Pay attention to those that have success in the area you are seeking success. Reach out to them, offer to do something for them for free, get to know them on social media. Or just be inspired by them.

5) Double down on what it is you want to accomplish. Be like a dog on a bone. Don’t do it halfway. Hunker. Attack. Focus.

5) Why? Know your ‘why’ at all times. Why are you doing what you’re doing? When my running coach sees me slowing down, he says, ‘remember why you’re doing this’, and I think of the guy that put me down, the friend that ignored my request, the dress I want to fit into, and I take off like a rocket down the track no matter how tired I am.

6) Gratitude. Every page you write, every bit of inspiration you find, any help you get, even if it’s a penny on the ground, say ‘thank you’. Live in gratitude no matter where you are on your journey. Gratitude is magical.  Even though you have a destination you’re trying to reach, it’s all a journey.

7) Regret. Think of past regrets to motivate yourself to do something different. You can’t change the past but you could invent your future.  What have you started and not completed? What do you regret in your life? Don’t let this new project, relationship goal, writing, new business, etc. be part of your life regrets. You can change it now.

8) Break the rules, don’t listen to naysayers. The things you want to accomplish may have a set of rules, spoken or unspoken. Break them as you like. A writer need not be an editor or know how to spell.  An overweight person can start running, you can date before you have your life plan together, you can build a business without every single thing in place first.

When you get the support for whatever it is you want to achieve, it can all come together in an order that is your own unique path.

9) The hustle is REAL. Don’t expect it to be easy and flashy like the movies, like your brother in law, like your co-worker or person on Facebook with all the perfect pictures. Embrace the imperfection of life (even if it’s annoying to do so, and you want it to be perfect).

So go ahead and dream. Your dreams can come true. Your passions are real and are within your reach. 

Accept the hustle and make the decision.

The decision to achieve your goals and not:

toss yet another blog post,

another sketch,

another business idea,

another potential partner

…aside into the slush pile of life’s disappointments.

You truly can accomplish your goals.

Find someone that believes in you, that has done it, and can climb the climb with you.

It’s within arms reach. If you think it, believe it, and work for it with someone that has done it, you could do anything.


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How to Quickly Become a More Productive (and better) Writer


You wish you had writer’s block.

That would mean you got yourself to a sitting position, in front of a piece of paper or laptop, and you were ready to write.

Truth:  95% of would-be writers can’t even get themselves to the writing table.

So, why is this so hard?

Try searching for tips on writer’s block, on writing, and guess what – you’ll find them. The internet is loaded with tips and how-to’s, but most people don’t use them.

  • There are tips on exercising – yet you’re not as fit as you could be.
  • Tips on money management, yet you never set up that auto withdrawal to your savings account.
  • Tips on writing, yet you have not finished your writing project, and perhaps never even started.

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the un-lived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”  Steven Pressfield


Something you can’t put your finger on is stopping you from sitting down and writing, from scheduling time to write. 

Many people go into therapy or hire a coach to analyze the roots of their resistance. What happens is this: They now have more of an intellectual understanding of the specific things that hold them back in general, yet it rarely translates into a finished book or blog. 

You could go and create the perfect writing space, or begin working part time or quit your job. Some would-be writers plan a trip – they feel like if they travel to a cabin in the woods or an ocean front space they’ll begin writing.

While I am sure this has worked for some, most find they are still faced with the same thing, which is this gnawing feeling of resistance to writing. Because guess what, it’s not a one-time thing – resistance comes to visit on most days. Even after you do write for a couple of days, or weeks. That unseen gremlin crawls right back in, waiting to put a wall between you and your writing anytime it can.

So what is the secret to getting past resistance day in and day out, and to becoming a productive writer?

Here are 3 ways that consistently work for me:

  1. Have Accountability & Support
  2. Have External Deadlines
  3. Get Permission to Write Imperfectly

1) Accountability:  You need something or someone other than yourself to be accountable to. Some people have mastered the ability of being self-motivated, self-accountable. But most of us might as well face the truth: We need someone to help us with this.

I wrote a blog post for the Write To Done writer’s website a while back.  I just read an old post on that site by Leo Babauta on writers facing resistance.  I want to share the online conversation in the comments between him and a reader of his post.

Here is the conversation:

@ Leo
I don’t agree with your idea of creating a synthetic boss, Leo. I wonder if that sentiment is still a left-over from your time in servitude? It took me a long time to really get the fact that I am accountable to myself. What I do with my life, how productive I am, how hard I work or play – all of that is up to me and my own discipline.

I’m lucky because I’ve had triple training in discipline: I trained and worked as a professional musician, then did 18 years of martial art training and have been involved with Zen for more than 2 decades. All that amounts to discipline plus! And I need it to keep myself on track.

I’ve kicked out all bosses – virtual and otherwise – and happily work for myself. To keep myself on track I set clear goals.

So if you have 18+ years of  discipline training in martial arts, zen and professional music, go ahead and be accountable to yourself!

Everyone else, if you want to quickly become a productive writer, and if you want to finish your writing projects, books, blogs, then do this:

Get someone to hold you accountable.

This is a hard one for so many of you – you have success in business, your career, relationships, parenting, and it seems like it you should be able to just get your own self to sit down and write.

You think about how it doesn’t cost anything to sit yourself down and write, and how you can do it anywhere.

Yet it’s not easy. BOTTOM LINE is that you’re not doing it.

Do what works.

  • Find a friend that can hold you accountable
  • Hire a coach or teacher
  • Join a class on writing
  • Join a writing group on or offline
  • (Or you could always study martial arts for the next 18 years and then you will be ready to be self accountable!)

Here is Leo’s response:

@Mary … congrats on your success! You may be the rare person who doesn’t need tricks like this to motivate you. But these tricks are just tricks — I’m not suggesting you actually need a boss. It’s just a way to hold yourself accountable and put that positive pressure on yourself.

I’ve found that positive public pressure works well in creating new habits — I’ve used it in creating numerous habits, from running to quitting smoking to waking early to eating healthier to becoming a better blogger. It’s a powerful tool and it works for writing as well. It’s worked well for me, but if you don’t need it, more power to you!

2) Set External Deadlines:

I interviewed many published writers and I asked them,

“What is the #1 tip you can give me on how you came to complete your book when you have other things going on, such as families, businesses, jobs etc.?”

They all said the SAME THING.


Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that that you can take out your calendar and set deadlines for yourself for the completion of your writing, and that you’ll get it done consistently.  

Most simply do not stick to the deadlines they assign themselves. For those that do, it’s usually hard. There is an easier way.

So – see #1.  Have your friend/coach/mentor/  assign reasonable deadlines together with you, depending on your schedule.  This could also be a blog owner that you submit an idea to – they generally tell you when to send the post in. Or once you have an editor or publisher, they certainly give you a deadline.

Generally when you pay for a writing class or writing coach and you set deadlines with them, you keep to it. 

When my clients work with me and we set reasonable deadlines, the writing almost always comes into my inbox right before our scheduled session.  Procrastinating is fine as long as you get it in before the deadline.

I actually find that the most creative part of the brain is used when you cram it in at the deadline – your inner critic has no time to keep re-reading and criticizing your work and you just get it done.  

3) Permission to Write Imperfectly: It’s tricky to do this. I mean, why would you want to write imperfectly? The way I coach my clients is to trick yourself into getting the first draft out and editing later. A  way to do this is to write it in a non-threatening way – such as by opening up an email to yourself or your coach and start writing your first draft in the body of the email.

This tricks your brain into ‘jotting it down’, or writing down some ‘thoughts’ you’re gathering… If you write by hand, then use a cheap pen and the cheapest notebook. Writing in a fancy leather book creates pressure, as does opening the blank document on your desktop. I write my blog posts right into the post section of my website so that I can keep hitting ‘save draft’, and that takes the pressure off me. 

I have even had clients tell me the opening sentences of their writing by phone or text, and then I write it down for them and email it. They are so pleasantly surprised that they got their writing going without realizing, and this gives them confidence to keep going. 

This may sound weird to you, if it does, just know that a good coach/teacher/mentor can tailor a conversation about permission to write imperfectly to you as an individual. There is no one-size-fits-all here.

Joyce Carol Oates takes this in a bit of a different direction. 

“I would never write first – I don’t think that’s good at all. As soon as you write in language, it becomes frozen. It’s better to think first – to think for a long time – and then write when you’re ready to write. But writing prematurely is a mistake”.

This gives you permission to spend time thinking about it, and opening and closing your document a few times, jotting down some notes before you actually write.

“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.” Steven Pressfield

Think about it: a kid studying music or doing his homework has the accountability of his parents making sure he does his work, his music teacher to play for at the next lesson and the teacher to check his/her homework.

So what makes us think that just because we are adults that accountability and deadlines won’t make it easier for us, and work for us?

In the NYT bestseller and Oprah Book Club Choice book  Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle-Melton, she talks about going for what she wanted and how she did that.  She writes that when she was 24 and found out she was pregnant, drunk and on the bathroom floor, she made the decision to stop drinking and drugging. She felt the universe gave her a chance and trusted her to have this baby.

Yet she did not proceed alone. She got support. She went to a therapist, to her family, and to 12 step meetings and to the page to do her writing.

So perhaps we underestimate ourselves in the need we have in many areas in our lives to give ourselves the gift of having someone to be accountable to and the many people we need to support us.

A creative decision, the decision to write and share your thoughts and ideas with the world is an obligation to the entire planet. So it’s not a bad idea to do whatever it takes.

People seem to be self accountable when it comes to things like getting up for work and getting your work in on time – because the accountability comes in part from the fact that you won’t get a paycheck if you don’t show up and work. A fear or lack based accountability for something you may not even want to do.

When attempting a creative goal, there is so much joy and self satisfaction by doing it that perhaps this is why we have so much resistance – it’s resistance to the good, the creative genius inside ourselves and our doubts about if our writing is good comes to play too.

At the end of the day, remember this:

No one is you, and that is your power.  

So do whatever it takes for you to get the support to get past your resistance day in and day out and you will be writing consistently, and truthfully, and imperfectly.

You will be a productive writer at last.

Email me and let me know what you would create if you had a writing coach to help you get past your resistance.

On Loneliness (It May Be Good For You)


“There is great possibility in loneliness”.  Eckart Tolle

“Why do you think you’re a good fit for this job?”

I was NOT a good fit for the job.

“Because I’m tired of working alone for years and I want to leave the house and be around people”, I said.

Well, I did not get the job. Nor the next 2 I interviewed for. I was not looking for a job. I was looking to escape the loneliness. I blamed it on the fact that I was a writer working alone all the time, and it was time to do what most people did, work in an office around people.

That was a big lie.

I love writing alone, more than anything. I spent 15 years in corporate America, trying leave to write alone for all 15 years.

So what was this loneliness that I was trying to escape? That potential employers saw and pointed me towards the door? And how could I get rid of it? 

Last week I woke up early and found myself sitting on the steps in front of my house in my pajamas with a cup of coffee and my notebook and my iPhone.  

I wanted to write my way out of this intolerable hole gnawing from my core.

I couldn’t find any words.  That hardly happens to me, so I turned to a podcast by spiritual master Eckhart Tolle. I wanted him to soothe my pain and tell me to just be in the present moment and it will all pass.

The podcast is titled “Dissolving Loneliness”,  but he did not say what I thought he would.

What he said was that the great, intolerable pain of being with this ‘lonely me’ can force you into utter and complete to presence. To allow it. 

To let go of any interpretation you have about ‘me being alone, me being lonely, me not having anyone in my life’.

To allow it to dissolve. That this is what pain can do, similar to other kinds of pain. Force you into presence.

The pain of loneliness can dissolve the essence of self, and all that remains is presence, and the field of awareness.  Then you can then look around. Watch, and then some action may come that you hadn’t though of. 

Maybe you’ll talk to other lonely people, the world is full of them. 

Here is the best part of what he says:

Lonely outsiders and outcasts had the breakthroughs  because they were forced to go deeper. They were so lonely they went deeper and reached solutions deep inside. Not solutions outside of themselves in things and relationships.

That’s how I imagine most of our great artists, musicians, photographers, painters and thinkers came into their greatness. By being outcasts, lonely, and forced inside themselves, and we get to witness their evolvement, their creations. 

This was exactly what I needed to hear. That through acceptance of my loneliness I can go deeper inside myself for the breakthroughs I need to make, the changes I want in my life. To create what I am meant to create.

Had I gotten any of those jobs I went for, I would have been just seeking solutions to the problems in my life outside of myself when its all inside me.

He goes on to say that through acceptance loneliness is transformed into solitude.

Loneliness – you’re alone and you don’t like it

Solitude – surrender. alert presence

So take his words to heart if and when you feel loneliness visiting you.

I took his words to heart and made a list of how I could turn my loneliness into solitude and surrender to being in a state of alert presence. To accept this, and stop trying to seek outside security to guarantee and prove that I am not alone.

To use this time, until it passes, to create, to write, to marinate.

This is my list of how I will listen inward:

  • draw
  • color
  • music, listen
  • play piano and guitar
  • sing (off key when no one is listening)
  • run
  • swim
  • dance breaks
  • write in my journal in the morning for my eyes only
  • write in my blog daily to share
  • organize drawers closets etc
  • meditate and prayer, fill up on inspiration
  • work on my novel
  • intention around others to listen more than talk
  • gratitude lists
Below is the recording I listened to that took me from seeing loneliness as a bad, sad state to be in, to realizing what a gift it is to have the forced opportunity to turn inward and find presence and awareness.
No need to rush to the mall, get a job I would hate, socialize when I don’t feel like it or seek outside guidance.  I know that from this inward state I will know just what actions I need to take.
In gratitude that I got this gift of the state of loneliness, I just hope it doesn’t leave too fast – I kind of like it here. 

Are You Inspired? 5 ways You Can Tell.


You doubt yourself.

You feel lazy.

You want to give up.

Yet something inside you stays lit, the flame that has not gone out completely.  You may wonder if you are doing the attracting and manifesting thing right,  or effort-ing enough to make your dreams and goals a reality.

Here are 5 ways to tell if you are inspired to do what it takes, or if you should just join Cinderella in her chimney sweeping until prince charming knocks on the door with the other slipper.

1) You don’t feel the need to tell everyone around you what you are doing. You find satisfaction in the doing of whatever it is that is getting you closer to your goals and dreams. There are the talkers and the doers. You are a doer.

2) You will do anything it takes. ANYTHING. (well as long as it’s legal and aligned with your moral and ethical values).

Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda

3) You take inspired action.  Things happen. Plans don’t alway work out the way you want them to, but when you get an idea, or a sign that you should be doing something, and it feels good, you go for it.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean

4) You find yourself doing a balancing act between ‘if you dream it it will come’ and ‘taking the bull by the horns’.

5) You are grateful for what you do have, for what you are doing.  Eckhart Tolle says that the only way out of suffering is by first accepting it.  

And as Oprah Winfrey says,

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. 

So are you able to look around at your life and feel true gratitude for what you do have without letting the ‘but I want more’ sneak it’s way into your gratitude practice?

Here are 11 incredible women and some tips on how they stay inspired.

Check out their websites and links and see what these inspired women are up to. 


1) As a woman in a leadership position I not only need to stay inspired it is my job to inspire others. Because of this, it is of utmost importance that I keep creativity flowing around me and through me at all times. It is important for me to stay vigilant in regards to the info and data that I allow into my vicinity.

One of the first things I have done to make sure that my inspirational juices continue to flow is to have a home that is full of art and reminders of people, places and things that inspire me.

I spend my time with women and men who inspire me.  Of course, I totally understand that you can’t choose your family. However, you can choose who you spend your time with.

To stay inspired and able to keep in the flow of all things, I do everything I can to guard what my mind is exposed to. I read books that fascinate me and push my growth versus novels that are, for me, like eating junk food. (read more on her websites below)

Cindy Anne~Master Sensualist

Inspiring Women to explore their most intimate selves.

2) I have commitments to show up for people other than myself that I am unwilling to cancel. In my every day, even if I wake up uninspired, before I get on a client call, I read their emails, look at my file on them and in “losing myself’ to being of service to them, before you know it, I feel inspired.

I truly believe in Picasso’s saying:

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working”.

I don’t wait for it, I do my work and inspiration inevitably follows.

Marija Parente

3) I take inspiration from people who manage to be both successful and kind. Whenever I feel stuck I watch video interviews with people who overcame all odds and fought for their success. Then I go back to whatever my obstacle is at the moment and see it as something I have already overcome.

Leah Gottfried is the founder of Dignity Entertainment and a filmmaker currently directing the hit web series “Soon By You”.

4) I stay inspired with everyday rituals that point me in a direction I desire to go, such as starting my day with gratitudes and ending my day with gratitudes.

I choose my friends by who I enjoy and are assured that they are people that cherish me and light up when they see me I do the same with them.

I practice moving a step in the directions of my desires every day, so forward is the direction I feel I am going even if it is a micro step.

I move my body mostly in community because it keeps me inspired and it makes me feel alive. 

I eat 15 to 20 oz of vegetables everyday to let the sunshine in.

Most of all, to stay inspired I take some time every day for solitude

Laura Jacobs

5) I keep myself inspired in many ways.  I set expectations of myself daily, weekly and yearly. If you set expectations of yourself then you’re more likely to reach it and not just go along by winging it.

After my first year at Gebroe Hammer my boss asked me if I was proud of my sales. When I said I was, he said he expected me to double it the next year. That was the most powerful thing – that he had expectations of me. Now I have those expectations of myself.

I often think about a scenario – if the company I work for would be picking the top three sales people-

Would I be one of them?

I am inspired to maintain the success I have at the top. Do you want to be a failure or a success? It’s a decision. Do you ant to coast through and be mediocre or be successful? I want to get there, and anyone or anything in my way, move out of my way.

I am inspired by an obligation to provide for my family, and not in a mediocre way but to give them the best life possible. My nature is to do whatever I do well. You have to inspire yourself by having a clear path, and then work towards that path and not flounder.

3-4 years ago I could never have predicted that I would be as successful as I am, and what inspired me is that I see that I did it and it could be done. The possibility is there, I just have to work for it. It’s no longer a pipe dream, its attainable.

When I have a hard day or moment, I know it will pass because I have done it.

I also stay inspired by going to see a client that is nice and complementary towards me and it gives me some momentum back.

Debbie Pomerantz

Real Estate Professional, Gebroe Hammer

6) I stay inspired by getting into a sensual state of gratitude first – by “sensual” I mean the heightened awareness of my senses. I focus on my breath and how it feels on my lips and in my lungs.

Then I look at the colors around me. I try to hear the insect wings, taste and feel the smells in the air. 

Then I get curious about my surroundings and ask a metaphorical question that is inspiring.

The leaves on that tree seem to be dancing, but are they dancing for me?

Simple can be rewarding!

Coltrane Lord

The Art & Science of Feminine Expression

7) Surround yourself with positive people. It’s so easy to get sucked into others negativity, and you truly become like one of the 5 people you are closest to.

Rita Litchfield is the mother of 11 children and many grandchildren.

She is a Hypnotist and runs a business creating one of a kind handmade felted handbags.

8) I stay inspired knowing that everything I do is a link in a very long chain.  The stronger my link is, the easier it is for more empowered women to climb up after me and advance to greatness.

Nancy Redd

“I talk for my living & I write for my soul; I learn by listening & I lead by example.”

Host of @So_MeTV on @FOXtv

9) I always have one of my mentors/teachers in the loop… I love to learn.

I stay inspired by working from home and having adventurous and luxurious work/play dates. 

I also go to a 5 star hotel  for a scheduled period of time (2 hours) to finish a project that I’m feeling resistant to and for business and brunch dates.

I’m inspired by the ocean. By being playful.  Sidewalk chalk with my 3 year old friend.  Bubbles.  Surprises to and from my partner.

Love. Joy. Beauty.

Amber Valentyne

10) I stay inspired by following people who inspire me; folks I aspire to be like. Following dreamers who made it and are showing others how to make it too.

Katherine Hiraldo

I’m a writer and author and teach entrepreneurs how to connect with their clients, through blogging.


11) I am inspired from what turns me on in life. I am inspired by being myself, unapologetically!

Owner & Operator
Gina Fata Coaching
MA Exercise Physiology

So what is it that inspires you? What do you want to accomplish?

Do you want to travel? Have an epic relationship? Start your own business? Make your current work satisfying to the point of waiting for the weekend to be over? Start a blog?

There are those that look around for inspiration everywhere and take the necessary actions, and those that don’t. Those filled with excuses, regrets, and totally legitimate reasons for shelving their dreams and goals.

Do the impossible. When you are at a dead end, turn around or jump over or climb behind whatever is blocking you. Choose another path. As yet another person that may have good advice. Read another book, watch another inspirational speech by Tony Robbins or whoever inspires you.

The end is not the end. That is the secret that those that stay inspired remember. There is always a way.

What is it that you want inspiration for?

Put it out here in the comments or send me an email.

As Winston Churchill says,

“Never, Never never give up”.

What To Do When You Absolutely, Positively, Must Follow Your Passion

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Who do you listen to?

Those that say to follow your passion and the money will follow, or the opposing view telling you to face reality?

Many of you may not care less. You may be content with aspects of your life, such as your career choice, social status, motherhood, baking cakes, community service, etc.

This dance isn’t for everyone.    SAFEWOMEN

It’s for you if you feel the burning desire to follow your dream, the ‘can’t- sleep-can’t-eat’ kind of fire that burns inside your soul. If it’s all you think about.

Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few that know exactly what it is you are meant to do. Maybe you’re doing it. Or if you don’t yet know what that is, you could be too scared to sit down and think about it and figure it out.

You might think that following your passion is only for certain kinds of people:

You know who I mean, it’s those lucky few, born to parents that encouraged them, or the ones that grew up and put their lives in order and saved enough money so they can quit their jobs and really go for it.

And let’s not forget about the dreamers that slept in their cars while pursuing their passion.

Many of you dream of your art and creativity and have to 9-5 it, care for kids, and make time to find or nourish relationships. You have to deal with life as it comes every day, and by nighttime you realize that another day passed without you doing anything towards your dreams and passions.

Then the day comes – when there’s a rumbling inside, when you absolutely, positively, must follow your passion.

Where do you start?

A good place to start is by looking at those that have done it, and can tell you a bit about their own process and journey. There are examples all around us if we choose to see it, of people doing incredibly challenging things in order to follow their dreams.

When Leah Gottfried, founder of Dignity Entertainment and the Soon by You web series was in the 3rd grade, her teacher had the class do a project on what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Leah chose, “an actress”, to which her teacher promptly crossed it out and said,

“You can’t be that”.

This usually leads artists and creatives to shamefully shelve that ridiculous dream and go for something others think is realistic.

Not Leah.

She upped her game by asking her mother to sign her up for professional acting classes, promising to thank her in her Oscar acceptance speech. She kept asking relentlessly, until she got the acting lessons she desired.

While making sure her dream never died, she did all kinds of things to make it happen.

There is inspiration all around for the hungry.

Wayne Dyer, author and speaker said that if you have a dream you want really badly and you are not moving towards it, you need to ask yourself,

“What am I NOT willing to do to live my dream, my passion?”

A young woman recently competed on the last season of American Idol, and she shared the beginning of her journey and her path to winning second place of the entire season.

She tells of how she took her little baby, under a year old and strapped him into a car seat, left a bad marriage, and decided to audition for a spot on the show.

The timing seems ridiculous, as our excuses usually include children, divorces, money, yet not for her. She felt that this was HER time and she let NOTHING stop her. NOTHING.

Did she go to the nearest audition?

NO. La’Porsha Renae drove 28 hours to get to the first stop on the audition tour. She said that she went to the first stop because she was going to follow the audition bus to every city as they went to across the US and audition over and over until they said yes to her.

28 hours. In a car. With a baby. Willing to follow the judges from city to city to city.

She truly muscled her way to the top and kicked the obstacles to the curb, and made it to the top.

There is no one easy answer to how to follow your dreams and passions.

I asked Leah Gottfried how she did it.

She comes from a strict religious background that had no allowance for a girl with a dream of Hollywood. Yet she went on to get cast in commercials for Yamaha, Time Warner, and many more, all while keeping her values.

In college, Yeshiva University, there was no film program so she created a new major with the advising professor. She was the first student of the college 40+ year old college to graduate majoring in film.

She recognized that there were other students with creative dreams like hers, so she created and became the president of the first Film Club at YU.

She started her own production company while still in college, and recently wrote, directed, produced and starred in a brand new web series that is a huge hit.

Best of all, she stayed true to her religious roots and the Soon By You series portrays what it’s like to be dating in Orthodox Jewish circles in a comedic and true to life fashion.

EF: So how did you keep your passion alive when in an environment that specifically told you NO, and in the entertainment industry which is already hard enough to break into?

Leah: As a kid I used my imagination a lot. Even when I was in class, in a situation I felt stifled in, I would doodle pictures of me on the red carpet, winning an Oscar.

I would have my friends down the block come over on weekends and I would direct them in videos because I had to.

It wasn’t a choice. I felt like if I didn’t do this I didn’t exist. It was like breathing.

EF: What advice do you have for people your age, 25, and even older? What could they do to live their passion and art?

Leah: First find support. Either a mentor that is succeeding in what you do or friends, peers, that are following their dreams. People that are positive about the arts. Wherever you are, if you want to write or create, just do it. Whatever you want to do start doing it now. Don’t wait until you have everything lined up.

Do it whenever you feel the urge and the passion. Find outlets for your art somehow. You have to. Even if it’s once a week, join a group, start small, but you absolutely have to make time for it like you make time for eating.

What’s the point of living if you’re not doing what you feel like you were born to do?

I’m a big believer in going after what you love and the money will follow even if that sounds cliche.

There are a lot of ways to make money doing what you love. You have to find a way. It’s your duty when you have a gift to share it with the world.

Conclusion: Stifling it and ignoring it is the worst thing you can do.

Thank you, Leah!

How to Get Started on Your Passion:

Do what navy seals do. Positive self talk is one of the primary tools navy seals are known to rely on when in dangerous and trying situations. So talk your way to your dream. Tell yourself all the things you know are true about your desire, your talent and you passions and goals, and that you can do it.

Find a mentor or coach. If you cannot afford one, there are so many that offer a free initial call with you and sometimes that’s all it takes to get you jump started. Once you are well on your way you can always circle back to them and hire them if you liked their coaching style. Or have a friend or someone that has some success be your starting mentor.

Head over and watch some inspiring YouTube videos about artists and creatives that made it to the top of their field. Choose people that are doing the thing YOU want to do. So many of them share their journey and they ups and downs they went through, and how they stayed on their path.

Head over to a museum, to see something incredible and know that the artist that created it most likely had to break through huge barriers of their own.

Head to a park, be inspired by nature. Find inspiration everywhere you go.

Be inspired by those NOT following their passions. When you see people trudging along, with no hope or belief that they can achieve their dreams, use that to fuel your own, that you will NOT be like that.

When it doubt, listen to Queen, or another artist belt out a piece of music that breaks your heart. A broken heart is a great way to find inspiration and drive.

When will YOU go for it?

Check out this quirky and funny web series created by Leah at Dignity Entertainment


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If She Can Write A Book Why Can’t I?


I met a beautiful woman dressed in red.

She was a stylist and talked fashion, which is not my language.  I talk writing.

I have 5 of the same black t-shirts and 3 pairs of jeans that I wear daily.

“Like Obama and Zuckerberg”,  I say.

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” FC 

Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs did the same thing.

Zuckerberg said he drew the always-wear-the-same thing philosophy from Obama and a certain other tech executive, Steve Jobs. Jobs wore blue jeans and a black turtleneck nearly every single day.  It provided him a signature style and daily convenience.

A writer, in my mind, is someone that wants to conserve all their creative and mental energy for their writing so eliminating style sounds like a great idea to me. Only I realized after talking to Alexandra, this may not be true at all. Maybe a writer could pay attention to style AND writing? 


When I met Alexandra, she looked beautifully styled but what I really noticed was the book she held in her hand.

“This is the book I wrote for my business. I’m in the middle of my second one”.

I wondered immediately how a stylist with impeccable taste and a fashion business has time and creative energy to dress up, run her company and do what so many have a hard time doing.

Write a book. 

Me in my black daily t-shirts. Everyone around me is sick of my ‘signature style’ and ‘daily convenience’ look so that I could have more mental energy for my writing. 

I decided to ask her how she did it, and she was thrilled to share her secrets with me.

It’s all recorded, and very inspirational. Here is the interview below. Feel free to listen and let me know what resonates with you and share it with your friends that want to write and complete their books.

If she could write and finish a book looking stunning in full fashion, you could probably too.

I can’t see myself in a red dress, but I would like to finish that romance novel I secretly started, and up my fashion sense just a little bit.

What book do you have in you? Is it a book for your business? A how-to book? A novel? Memoir? 

Take inspiration here and go for it. No matter what your style.

You can get instant access to  the recording of the interview I did with Alexandra by entering your name on the form below. Don’t worry, I don’t share this with anyone and you will get one or two posts a month from me. Enjoy.

If you want to write your own ebook look out for an email about this course opening soon!

The REAL Reason Why You Can’t Write


The Real Reason Why You Can't WriteYou’re dying to be a successful writer.

In fact, you spend most of your time thinking about writing and imagining where it might take you. You think about what to write, where to write, and which tools to use. You even block out time in your calendar to write.

And at the end of every day, you still haven’t written a single word.

Why can’t you make this work? Why can’t you just sit down and write? You want to, you have a unique voice, and you have ideas you want to write about. Keeping it all inside of you nearly hurts.

You know a lot about writing already – tons, in fact. You know where to find writing tools, ways to overcome writer’s block, information on finding writing work, and which websites offer writing classes on how to become a better writer.

It’s all at your fingertips.

So what’s missing? Why can’t you seem to write as freely, as much, and as easily as all the other writers?

There’s a secret about writing that no one told you.

This secret will get you in the chair, in front of your screen, writing away. Coaches,mentors and therapists use this secret all the time, helping their clients start anything they desire.

Actually, you already own this secret. It’s hidden inside you.

It’s your very own belief system.

Your beliefs about you and your writing are holding you back.

Many motivational leaders in spiritual, financial and self-help fields say that in order to achieve your goals, be they financial, spiritual or relationship related, you need to become aware of your beliefs – and then transcend the old belief system you’ve adopted.

Have you ever stopped to think about what you believe about yourself as a writer? Have you ever considered what you believe about the work you produce?

Your beliefs run the show, usually subconsciously. And if they’re limiting or negative beliefs, they’ll stop that show dead in its tracks.

You believe certain theories about why you suffer from wanting desperately to write but are unable to. Each writer has their own belief system. Maybe you believe you aren’t a good writer, or that your work isn’t “epic” enough, or that you’re too slow. Whatever.

Once you take time to figure out your beliefs about you as a writer, and about writing itself, you can begin to see where you hold yourself back from actually writing in the first place.

Can it be this simple?

Yes. Simple… but not easy.

Lucky for you, a step-by-step system exists to replace negative beliefs with better ones, and once you try it, you’ll eliminate your delaying tactics and procrastination for good.

You’ll be one of those writers you see in Starbucks, eyes glued to the page, typing away furiously while sipping steaming-hot coffee.

Step 1: Identify your limiting beliefs

Find a calm space where you can sit quietly. Take a few deep breaths, and ask yourself the following questions, listening to your intuition for the answers:

What are some of the beliefs that prevent you from writing?

For some writers, the answers jump out. For others, they need to make several attempts or spend time thinking about the answer. A few general limiting beliefs might include some or any of the following:

  • I don’t have time to…
  • I’m not smart enough to…
  • I’m too busy to…
  • I could never be successful at…
  • I’m afraid if I’m successful then…
  • I don’t have enough money to…
  • My mother/father/spouse/partner/friend says that I should…

These are just some examples to help you uncover your personal limiting beliefs. Yours may be related to your writing, or to success, or to failure, or to something else entirely.

Write down your list of limiting beliefs – the negative thoughts and emotions that come to you when you think of writing, or yourself as a writer.

If it’s difficult to come up with the honest answers about what’s holding you back, you can work with a mentor or coach to do some soul-searching and self-discovery. It’s well worth the effort so you can begin getting words on the page.

Step 2: Flip your limiting beliefs

Now that you have a list of limiting beliefs, write the opposite of each belief on a new sheet of paper. Turn your negative beliefs and thoughts into positive ones.

For example:

Old Belief: My parents said I can’t make money as a writer and that I should get a real job.

New Belief: Writing is a real career that can earn money, and many people have been successful. I can be successful in this career too.

Old Belief: I have to wait for my life to be perfect and balanced. Then I’ll be able to write.

New Belief: I can write any time I choose, and I don’t have to wait for any silly criteria – I can begin writing today, and I will.

Step 3: Pick 3 new beliefs

From the new beliefs you created, pick 3. Post them somewhere you’ll see them every day, often. (Post ONLY the new beliefs – the old ones are gone!)

Spend 2 to 3 minutes a day reading your new positive beliefs, and infuse this visualization with positive energy. By reading your new beliefs frequently, and believing in them, you’ll gradually come to create change around your writing.

Slowly these new beliefs will become your reality and truth.

Step 4: Grow into your new beliefs

This may not be an instant transformation; rather, you’ll grow into it. Help that growth occur by creating a specific action plan that helps you live your new beliefs.

Perhaps you need to get assistance with some of your tasks so you’ll have time to write. Maybe you’ll have to read daily material around a specific feeling or belief you’ve newly adopted. You might need to get help from a coach, or someone who’ll assist you in changing old writing habits.

Stay around positive people who are self-growth oriented. Their encouragement will help wear down those negative beliefs until they’re completely gone.

How New Beliefs Can Transform Your Writing Life

By bringing your limiting beliefs to the surface and reversing them into positive ones, you can transform your writing, and your life as a writer.

One of my main beliefs that caused me to delay writing was that everything else has to be done first. With children and coaching clients, this meant I left writing to the last item of the day, and I barely wrote because of it.

My limiting belief was completely blocking me from writing.

My new belief became: I can write first thing every day before everything else. I didn’t know how this could ever happen, but I started waking up a little earlier, or sometimes just wrote for 10 minutes, first thing in the morning.

Slowly I figured out how to rearrange my schedule so that writing is my first activity of the morning on most days.

Granted, writing may still be challenging for you at times. Finding the right words sometimes feels like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Writer’s block might still show up. But more often than not, you’ll be writing.

And when you aren’t, you’ll know how to get back to it quickly.

Which limiting beliefs will you change?  What’s holding you back from writing? And where do you want your new writing beliefs to take you?

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How to Survive Unendurable Heartbreak

humpty“No matter what happens we are always

on the adventure.

Sometimes the heartbreak is unendurable

and you’re in a hole.

That’s just where it starts to get interesting.

Rupture is the beginning –

it’s a passage in your unfolding”.  

Mama Gena

Things need to fall apart before you can put them back together the way YOU want to.

Because as of now, you may be put together by those who raised you, society around you, media, and choices you made to navigate everyone elses’ ideas.

There are numerous times when you experience unendurable heartbreak in your life and it feels like the end.  If only you could remember that this is the real starting point. Rupturing and falling apart gives you the place to put yourself back together the way YOU want.  There are choices you need to make now – people to invite in or kick out of your life, places to go, things to do.

You realize that every single doorknob and cabinet handle of your life is yours to choose.

Should this be easy? Who knows. It’s not. It’s unimaginably hard. 

What makes it possible to bear is if you keep in mind that this is where it starts to get interesting. This is the begining of a journey, not the end. From this perspective it becomes curiously exciting even though your tears are flowing and fears and growing larger.

One life. That’s it. That’s what we get. So allow yourself to unfold and fall apart so you can put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The fairy tale was right. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put him back together again. 

But the woman can.  They should’ve called a woman.

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How To Make Writing Easy

girl writing in journal


Does this woman look like she is working hard? Or thinking about how to make money writing or become famous fast?

Not to me.

On her finger is a gorgeous diamond ring, cradled in her fingers a red leather journal and her body seems relaxed. She writes.

The everyday woman.  That’s all I really want to be. So how did I get tangled up in so many other things that drag me away from putting on a pretty ring, a gingham blouse and writing in a red journal?

Many things. If I had to list them I wouldn’t know where to begin or end, so I don’t thing it’s in my pleasure to begin a thought process like that. What I do want to do is go back to the basics.

Writing. Every day. Whatever I want.

Seeing something, being inspired, and writing about it. Enjoying the writing journey. I can always keep my goal oriented projects going, yet when I write just for me I feel smug and self satisfied.

As if to say “this is what I think and I’m saying it out loud”.

How many times are we shut down, either by others or in the desire to fit in and be politically or socially correct? Not wanting to say something that will hurt someone?

Well, here on the page you have complete freedom. Write whatever you want. You don’t have to show it to anyone if you don’t want to and if you do then go ahead. Somehow I feel like if someone heads over to my blog that has my own name as the URL its just too bad on them if they don’t like or agree with anything here.

Because Its Mine. And I am one hell of a greedy bitch when it comes to my writing.

How to Write Even if You Have Writers Block


“Golden bridge, silver bridge or diamond bridge; it doesn’t matter! As long as the bridge takes you across the other side, it is a good bridge!”  

Mehmet Murat ildan  

The other side. That’s it. Just get to the other side.

What about enjoying the journey? 

Two schools of thought here. One says if it gets what you need, it served its purpose. The other thought is that the journey is the most important. The view from the bridge. How stable is the bridge? 

Like writing.

Some writing you enjoy just because. You love putting words together, writing sentences that turn into paragraphs, chapters, stories. The feeling is exhilerating regardless if anyone reads it. The wooden bridge. 

Then there is the writing that you want to share or what’s the point? You want people to read your writing and feel something. You want to change peoples life experience because you wrote. That’s the golden and diamond bridge.

Which bridge is your favorite? Is the wooden bridge, writing for yourself, the safe bridge?

Is the writing you do to share, sell and inspire and entertain and inform others the “real” one? 

I like to think it’s good to do some of both. In order to avoid writers block I choose a daily image and just write what comes to mind. That’s my wooden bridge. I can write anything and so I am not blocked. No judgement. So self sabatoge. No one cares about that writing but me. I am writing and that’s all that matters.

Then there are the stories I write that are exhilerating, tortorous, exciting, demanding, painful, tearful, wonderful. Those are for you, and those are the diamond and golden bridges.

Like my kids, I love both equally.