5 Promises for Facing Pressure, Expectations, and Deadlines

Photo/KarenJordan“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT).

Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe because of self-induced pressure or someone else’s expectations of me.

And at times, I get tired even thinking about trying to follow through on all of the commitments that I’ve made as a freelance writer.

How do you deal with the judgment that you feel, accusing your of not measuring up to expectations, whether they’re real or imagined?

1. Truth for our accuser. I go to God’s Word for my answers. And I found my first encouraging promise in John 3:17: “God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” (MSG).

So, when I finally sit down and bring my feelings to the Lord, I recalled more of God’s promises of freedom, strength, provision, and peace.

2. Freedom from judgment. Romans 8:1-2 reveals the promise that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death (MSG).

3. Strength for our weakness. God also promises to give me His strength in my weaknesses.

My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become (2 Cor. 12:9-10 MSG).

4. Provision for our needs. Did you know that God also promises to provide all that you need in Christ Jesus? “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19 NLT).

5. Peace through prayer. So, if you’re struggling with self-induced pressure or fighting a battle with judgment or condemnation, I encourage you to stop what you’re doing for just a moment and voice your fears and needs to God. He promises to provide His peace through prayer.

Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Phil 4:6-7 MSG)

How do you deal with deadlines and other pressures as a writer?

Becoming an Expert to Support Your Writing

Do Ordinary Things Extraordinarily WellIf you seriously pursue writing for very long, you’ll soon hear it, especially if you write any form of non-fiction. “You need to become an expert to build your platform.”

“But an expert in what,” you might ask.

I used to ask the same thing, but here’s a few things I discovered about becoming an expert to support what I write about.

1. Your expertise usually comes naturally. What are you drawn to repeatedly? What are you trained in? What do others come to you for advice or counsel on?

2. How others view you as an expert will evolve with your writing career. I would never have referred to myself as a Common Trauma Expert, yet more and more, that’s what interviewers are calling me based on my latest book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over.

3. You can become an expert over time. Research topics that intrigue you. Interview others. Reflect on your own life experiences. The culmination of information from all of these things has given me some core insights that others value — making me an expert in their eyes.

Expertise is something we acquire, not something we are born with. The good news is that you can become an expert with focus, consistency, and patience. Just today, I solidified my own expertise with a blog post reinforcing my message. I did a short piece on How to Help the Hurting, as a Common Trauma Expert, it’s one more way I feed my passion for compassion.

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When you become an expert, by the perceptions of others, you support your writing. You are seen as someone who doesn’t just have something to say, but you are qualified to say it. Even fiction writers increase their audience following when they show expertise.

So before you discount this important aspect of writing, or discount your own expertise, remember what I say in general, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.” What does this mean for you?

  • It’s never too late for you to begin gaining information.
  • It’s never too late for you to analyze your own drives to decide what you might be best qualified to become an expert on.
  • It’s never too late for you to consistently pursue growth and education.
  • It’s never too late for you to support your writing, your message, and your purpose.

Are you seen as an expert in something? How do you help others on a regular basis?

Anita Fresh Faith

Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic breakthroughs. Blending mind, heart, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert.

Getting Through What You Can't Get OverAnita is also an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.

She fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research. Anita shares hope and encouragement on her Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast.

Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of 30 years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to transform battles into victories.

You can connect with Anita on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Keep up with Anita’s latest happenings at anitabrooks.com. Email anita@anitabrooks.com to request information on having Anita inspirationally speak or train at your next event.

How a Non-Writer Like Me Got Published: Barbara Cofer Stoefen

Karen Jordan:

Have you considered writing a book about the lessons you’ve learned in life to help others who may be going through some difficult life experience? I think you’ll enjoy reading Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s story on the WordServe Water Cooler.

Originally posted on WordServe Water Cooler:

(Continued from Part I)

I began writing my memoir by starting near the end. That first night, while sitting in front of a blank computer screen, I tapped out the images closest to memory, and likely closest to my heart. It was the account of a remarkable day… the day I delivered my daughter, Annie, to a drug treatment center in California.

 “It wasn’t at all the institutional setting I’d expected for detox… At that late hour, the street was quiet and still. A woman emerged from the far side of the darkened house, brushing by a wall of hydrangeas that cast an eerie glow of amethyst and silver in partial moonlight. Her hushed tones made it seem a clandestine transfer as she took hold of the pull handle on Annie’s bag and turned to escort her inside… Just before both disappeared into the darkness of an open gate, Annie turned around…

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Writing Nonfiction that Sells, Pt. 1

Nonfiction Readers Want ThisYou can have the greatest book idea in the world, but if it won’t sell, what’s the point in writing it? Unless you simply want to leave a legacy for your family and friends with no concern for sharing the message with anyone else.

As a Christian author, I’m driven to offer lasting hope to those who might read my words. So it’s important I wisely choose the subjects, the titles, the content, the marketing plan, and the future books listed in my proposals. There’s a lot I still don’t know about this process, why some titles are purchased while others languish, but I’ve certainly picked up a few secrets. Some of them, I wish I’d known earlier. Maybe what I’ve learned will help someone else in the place I was a short time in the past.

The first and most important thing is choose your subject(s) wisely. But with so many books in existence, and a plethora of authors scrambling for attention, how do you find a fresh subject to write about? Here’s one of my secrets. I listen to others, but I also listen to myself. Both of my initial book titles came about that way.

With First Hired, Last Fired, someone said to me, “Anyone can be replaced.” I automatically replied, “Is that really true?” Voila, the subtitle, How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market was born from my first take on the idea of being irreplaceable at work.

My second title happened when I heard myself say to someone, “You know, there are things in life we learn to get through, but no matter what anyone says, we just won’t get over.” A little tweaking and tightening later, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over became a book that a lot of people say they or someone else needs to read.

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Offer Hope and You Offer a Reader Everything

Listen to your own conversations. What scares us? What are we complaining about? What confuses us? What aha moments do we encounter and why? What works and what doesn’t? How have we discovered hope and healing? For Christian authors, what does the Bible say that’s relevant to 21st century issues, in the here and now?

The second most important thing is titling. I’d say the process you use to choose a topic works as well for picking a title. What grabs you? Can you turn a cliché upside down? Is there a pithy quote you can tweak to make your own and spread the message in your topic? What do you hear yourself and others say?

For subtitling, follow the advice of Alice Crider, my former coach and agent with WordServe, “Make a promise you can keep to the readers in every subtitle.” Anytime someone offers us a solution to a big problem, we’re interested. Right?

For this segment, I’d conclude with the power of valuable content. Slapping a few words together will not provide opportunities to grow your career as a professional author. Do your homework by reading books on writing well. Hone your craft constantly. Connect with other professionals and barter for editing/critiquing services; look for that rare mix of honesty and encouragement. Karen Barnes Jordan deserves credit for every book of mine that’s sold. You can have the best concept in the world, but if you can’t communicate it clearly, it’s lost on potential readers and they will tune you out.

In part two, I’ll share insights about marketing and future books. No proposal worth its words will sell without showing you have great message promotions in the hopper. There’s a basic formula to writing a non-fiction book that sells, the key is in following it all the way through.

What obstacles are you hitting in your efforts to sell your projects?

Anita Brooks: New Book!

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Looking for a resource to encourage someone who may be suffering from some heartbreaking life event?

Or have you lost hope of ever getting over a traumatic experience?

Many people experience abuse, financial disaster, serious illness, death of loved ones, and other common traumas, but they never seem to move past the pain.

In Anita Brooks newest book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, she offers emotional, practical, and spiritual insights from experts and people who have survived intense trauma, overcoming seemingly impossible situations.

Often it helps to know that someone else has survived a similar event when we’re hurting. These true stories penned by Anita Brooks offer inspiration and hope for hurting people and for those who want to help others get through what they can’t get over.

Anita Brooks captures the emotional heartbreak that comes with traumatic events in her new book, helping us all see that we really can get through what we can’t seem to get over.

Photo/AnitaBrooksTo me, this proves hope is not a thing of the past. There are still hurting people who need encouragement, practical ideas, emotional healing, compassion, inspiration, and spiritual comfort to get through things they’ll never get over. I wrote this book for people like them, people much like I used to be. (Anita Brooks)

Do you need a resource to give you hope or to encourage someone else? I encourage you to check out Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over by Anita Books.

What resources have helped you through a crisis in your life? 

Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over’s Surprise Release

 

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First Hired Released Earlier Than Expected

It happened to me again — this makes twice in a row. My book baby came early, while I was out of town. Photos of smiling people happily holding my new release came via text, Facebook, and Twitter, while I ground my teeth in anticipation. Desperately wishing I could see its newborn features with my own eyes. I wanted to feel its smooth cover. Smell the scent of fresh print ink. Take in the various hues of blue on the artwork. But alas…I was hundreds of miles and two states away.

I would have to wait. Again.

As a newbie author, it caught me by surprise when First Hired, Last Fired: How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market released a couple of days prior to its scheduled date. Suddenly friends and influencers were sending me congratulations and pics. I was out of state, speaking to the New Mexico Medical Association. Cool gig — not so cool timing.

With this book, however, I thought I had it figured out. To make sure I knew the exact date Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over was released, I pre-ordered a copy from Amazon. I thought it might hit the market two-three days in advance, like my first book. But I was wrong. This time, my baby came into the world exactly two weeks ahead of its scheduled due date. Instead of being out of town for a speaking event, I was taking a working vacation to catch up on writing before the big launch, and to spend a little down time with family beforehand.

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A Box of Hope Arrived While I Was Gone

I never guessed it would happen… but on Tuesday of our vacation, I got the message. Your pre-ordered copy of Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over shipped, and will arrive on Thursday.

Again, I wouldn’t see my new arrival until after my influencers, and many others who pre-ordered, laid their eyes on it first. Argh!

I’m not typically one of those people who has to be in the know and insists on telling as many as they can before someone else gets the chance, but I must admit, in the case of my own book, I’d enjoy that privilege. I also wanted to start the 30 Day Giveaway launch on my Facebook Author/Speaker page, something I carefully and joyfully created, prior to my book’s release, However, things weren’t meant to happen that way.

To my surprise, what did happen is this:

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Within three hours, Amazon sold out of the initial inventory of copies they had in stock. For the first day or two, Getting Through consistently ranked in Amazon’s Top 100,000 books, which is fantastic considering I’m not a widely known author, and there was little marketing, build-up, or hype prior to this unexpected release. In the several days since, it continues to rank well, especially considering no one can currently buy until Amazon receives more books.

To me, this proves hope is not a thing of the past. There are still hurting people who need encouragement, practical ideas, emotional healing, compassion, inspiration, and spiritual comfort to get through things they’ll never get over. I wrote this book for people like them, people much like I used to be.

This title isn’t about me, it isn’t about making money or a name for myself, it’s about helping others. It’s about the greater good. When I get excited about the sales numbers, it’s because they represent wounded souls who I hope find something of value in my book to help carry them through their darkest days. It’s about showing others the possibility of making a fresh start with fresh faith. This is why I write. This is why I speak. This is why I breathe. To pass on the hope that was given to me.

Anita Fresh Faith

Psalm 147:11 (NIV)

The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

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Anita Finally Holding Her Book Baby

Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic breakthroughs. Blending mind, heart, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, Trauma Expert, and award-winning Author. Her latest book, released through Barbour Publishing, is Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over.

Anita is also author of First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, released by Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change Book Series. Her titles are available at all major bookstores, Amazon, plus other online retailers.

She is also host of the Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast. In all she does, Anita fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research.

She’s energized by overcoming adversity, work with integrity, healthy relationships, identity issues, and abundant living. Anita inspires audiences all over the world to believe as she does — in business, as in life and love, it’s never too late!

Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of 30 years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to take life’s battles, and transform them into victories.

You can connect with Anita on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Keep up with Anita’s latest happenings at anitabrooks.com. Email anita@anitabrooks.com to request information on having Anita inspirationally speak or train at your next event.

Writing Down Your Faith Story: The Day I Met Jesus

BookCover/TheDayIMetJesusHave you written about the day you met Jesus?

The Day I Met Jesus. Mary DeMuth and Frank Viloa present the stories of five women in the Bible who experienced personal and powerful encounters with Jesus in their new book, The Day I Met Jesus.

Each chapter offers a descriptive narrative and helpful, biblical insights, encouraging readers to seek a personal encounter with Jesus and to apply the spiritual truths revealed in this book to their own lives.

Writing down your own faith story. The first time I began to write down my faith, it changed my life. I shared about my first encounter with Jesus on my personal blog recently.

Since I wrote about my first “come to Jesus” moment,” I continue to tell the stories that matter most to me. And I also love to encourage others to share their faith and family stories.

Who can tell your faith story but you? Someone else could write about your story or tell others what you’ve told them, but you must be willing to share your story first.

As a Christian speaker, I’m often asked to share my faith stories. So today, I want to challenge you to write down your own faith story. Tell others about the day you met Jesus!

When we begin to tell the stories that matter most, lives change and hearts heal!

Have you written down your faith story?

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