January 24, 2016

Quotes to Motivate Me - Tandy Balson

I read a quote from Jack Canfield that sums up my writing goals for this year.  He said, “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

Failure is a scary prospect for me.  I need to remind myself that everything that has the risk of failure also carries the possibility of success.

That being said, my goal for this year is to write and submit articles for publication.  I haven’t been able to say that out loud.  Does putting it in print count?  My first step is to believe in myself.  Here’s another quote that speaks to this point. “Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have; how can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?” – Unknown

To expand my sphere of influence I’d like to have more publishing credits.  This won’t happen unless I write something of quality and submit it to the proper publications.  Finding the right fit for my words can be a daunting task.  Am I up to it?  This quote should help me, “When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying it’s hard. Think positive!” – Unknown

In order to be a better writer I need to attend conferences and workshops.  There are online trainings that I’ve started but never completed.  I told myself working on them took time away from writing.  Looking back, maybe I didn’t believe in myself enough to keep going. This quote should help motivate me to move forward, “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Vince Lombardi

As motivating as these quotes may be, I know a better place to look for the strength and confidence I need. That is why I rely on the promise found in 2 Corinthians 12:9;   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

I believe that God has called me to write. In order to do this I’m relying on his promise found in Psalm 32:8; The Lord says, “I will instruct you.  I will teach you the way that you should go.  I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.”  

No matter where my writing journey may take me this year, I trust that God’s plan is better than any I may have.  I have decided not to limit him with my expectations.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3


  1. Anonymous7:19 am GMT-7

    'Not to limit Him with my expectations." Absolutely love that! Who am I to say how things should go with a God who has no limits?

  2. Submitting to publications... We forget how magazines and e-zines are desperate for well-written, reader-focused content. Our words don't have to be epic or life-changing. Often simple, intelligent, experiential articles are what they want. I recently had an article in a Caregivers magazine - 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays When Your Loved One is In a Nursing Home. It wasn't hard to write, and they snapped it up. Seasonal content is another ongoing need, but submit it 6 months in advance.

    It's easy to build credentials if we don't get carried away thinking we need to change the world with each submission! Let us know how you do, Tandy.

  3. Some wonderful quotes, profound scripture, and sound advice. You must be ready to write something for submission to a magazine... *smile*

  4. Thanks for the great encouragement quotes … and we are in daily need of boosting confidence for writing. Do people have suggestions for where to search for magazines to submit to? Thant's been on my mind, as well Tandy … feel free to share some of your ideas.

  5. Your quotes, both biblical and non-biblical, motivate and inspire me too, Tandy. Thanks for your writing, and may God bless you in your writing in the days and years ahead. We need only follow his plan for us. Oh, and here is one more quote for you: "In quietness and in trust is your strength."

  6. Thanks for the challenge to not limit God with our own expectations. Excellent verses too.


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