Archive | January, 2013

Motivational Monday ~ Visualization

21 Jan

The Secret website has this to say about visualization:

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.

Even before The Secret became a huge bestseller, a writing mentor told me to “see my success.” She suggested I create a faux book cover with my name on it to SEE what it would be like to have a book with my name on it. The idea was that it would motivate me to work toward that goal.

Well, I never did take the time to create that book cover, but last week, my first book (in print) arrived in the mail. When I pulled out the sleek, shiny new book, I thought about my old writing mentor. She was right. It did feel awesome to have my name on a book. If I had taken her advice and visualized my success in a very tangible manner (by creating a book cover), would I have achieved success sooner? No one really knows. But one thing I do know: every time I pass the dining room table with my books stacked up neatly on the corner I get excited. Excited to share my book with those who prefer print. Excited to see the product of all my hard work. Excited to get to work on the next book.

Do you believe in the power of visualization? I’d love to hear from you.


Alison Stone

Motivational Monday ~ It’s a brand new year! Rise and shine!

7 Jan

Happy 2013! There’s nothing better than a clean slate, even if only in our minds. 🙂 

100_7657Okay, I’m trying something new. Something I hate doing, but love having done. Something I have failed at doing over and over again. Are you wondering what I’m talking about?

Getting up early!

Okay, technically, I already do get up early. I need to roll out of bed by 7 am if I hope to get the high school kids to school on time. My goal is to get up an hour earlier to get some words in before my day gets away from me.

Have I mentioned how much I love my sleep? Have I mentioned how dark it is at 6 am in the winter? Oh, and my bed is so cozy warm.

Years ago, when I worked in the corporate world, I had to get up at 5:45 am to get to the office by 7 am. But it’s so easy to get used to “sleeping in.”

I am determined to do it this time. This morning I did it and edited 10 pages before I headed downstairs. I love that sense of accomplishment. I need to hold onto that feeling and remind myself of it when I want to slam off the alarm and pull the covers over my head.

I’ve always been envious of early risers. Are you an early riser? Any suggestions for a night owl who’s determined to change her ways? I’d love to hear from you.

One disclaimer: if I am on vacation in a sunny climate, I can always get out of bed early. See the photo. It’s proof.  It’s this winter hibernation thing that’s doing me in.

Here’s to a happy, healthy new year ~ and to early risers.