Monday, August 04, 2008

Monday Morning Motivators to Slay Your Creative Dragons

by CJ Lyons and Margie Lawson


Kaizen — a Japanese word for continually striving for self-improvement.

Sometimes we get discouraged when we try new things, when we strive to improve ourselves. We expect too much, too fast. We may feel like failures and quit trying.

Do you tell yourself: I’ll never get this. I’m terrible.

Or — Do you tell yourself: I’m learning. I’ll get better.

These two quotes are fitting:

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~Samuel Beckett

If you make a bull’s eye every time, you’re standing too close to the target. ~Will Rogers

Take charge of your moods by adding some Kaizen moments throughout your day.

Remind yourself that you are still learning. You are striving for self-improvement. Work hard and applaud yourself for stretching to learn more. Fail better until you get it right.

Margie Lawson -- presenter, psychotherapist, writer -- lives at the top of a Colorado mountain west of Denver. Margie merged her two worlds, psychology and writing, to develop psychologically anchored editing systems and techniques that teach writers how to write page turners. A former college professor, Margie works as a psychotherapist, writes fiction and nonfiction, and presents full day master classes for writers internationally. She'll address helping people access their psychological strengths to slay their self-defeating dragons. Go to for more information.

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a national bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller." The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, is due out January, 2009. Contact her at

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