TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Dear Friend,






I have to admit that I do both. What about you?

I look intently at the future, studying where I’d like to be in six months, one year, five years. I plan for success by attending conferences, submitting to various markets, working on my web presence, blogging, keeping up with my writers’ groups, and by writing, writing, and more writing.

Not all my plans come true, but some of them do. Years ago I had set a goal to break into Guideposts magazine. It took eight years of submitting to the Workshop Contest, but I finally got the envelope in the mail that announced I was a winner. That was back in 2004. I’ve since set new goals, but look to that one as one of my biggest accomplishments. It took years of perseverance and gritty determination, but I did it. What are you planning for? What’s in your future?

As for looking back at the past, well, I do that too. Mostly, I do it with love. I have a three-ring binder in which I place colored photocopies of every piece that I have ever had published: articles in newspapers, stories in compilations, feature pieces in magazines, conference brochures listing my speaking credits, a copy of the Pacesetter Award I earned at Mount Hermon. All of these things bring me great pleasure and serve as a pat on the back when I’m feeling low. And believe me, there are days when I do feel low.

Maybe you look back at your past and you’re not too happy. Haven’t accomplished what you thought you would by now? That’s okay, just keep moving forward. Every inspirational reading you peruse, every daily sunny topic you encounter, all the friends who support and encourage you–these are the things that help you to get yourself out of a rut and onto the road to your future.

So which direction will you choose today?


If you look back at the past, make it a time of loving yourself for your efforts. Then move on toward the bright and sunny future.

How can you get what you really want?
Decide what you want, develop a plan to reach your goal,
follow through, and the odds are great that you too will succeed.
Zig Ziglar

Happy writing and blessings on your work. 

What’s Happening…

Don’t miss out on a chance to win a free Chicken Soup book! Only one more day to comment or subscribe on B.J.’s New Blog! August 31 is the deadline. When you subscribe to the blog you get 25 points and an additional 5 points for every comment you make on any of the posts. (I extended the deadline to the end of August.) The blog has tips on dogs and dog topics, some writing thoughts, and reviews on dog-related books. www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com  (I even post this newsletter there so come on over, subscribe, and be sure to confirm your subscription, then comment on the newsletter on the blog. It will count toward the free book giveaway.)

Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline is August 31 for the Grandmothers book. Did you get a story in? Check out the website for additional books in the works. www.chickensoup.com

 Follow your dreams…


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Plan Ahead or Look Back? – Taylor’s Tips Newsletter

6 thoughts on “Plan Ahead or Look Back? – Taylor’s Tips Newsletter

  • August 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Well done and thought provoking, as usual, BJ. Looking ahead AND back…true, true. Thanks for the jab…Jean

    • August 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Jean, keeping in close touch with you is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being in a writers’ group. Thanks for being on this journey with me! Hugs!

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    B.J. — I love the new “Dog Blog.” It’s even fun to say… dog blog, dog blog, dog blog. Try saying that three times fast! Animals bring such joy and pursose to our lives. Have you ever heard the song “God and Dog?” I showed the video (from youtube) to the kids at Sunday School. It’s a beautiful comparison of a dog’s devotion and God’s love in our lives. You should go look for it if you haven’t seen it. I just know you would love it. Thanks for sharing the new blog!

    • August 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      Karen, thanks for the great comments. I’ll look into that video for a future post. Have a great day!

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I love that–look back with love. Beautiful post, B.J.

    • August 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      Julie, thanks for commenting. Greetings all the way to your end of the world!


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