Want to Sell Your Story or Book to Hollywood?

Find Your Inner Confidence

A few years ago, a high school teacher from the suburbs of Philadelphia had his novel turned into a movie. 

To date, the movie based on his book has grossed $236,412,453. 

And the cherry on top… the film was nominated for an Academy Award! 

The movie was Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. 

Want to see your book, story or manuscript become a movie or TV show?

If you answered “yes” then you’re invited to join my friend Steve Harrison onFriday, November 24th for a free telephone seminar on How To Sell Your Book To Hollywood As A Movie Or TV Show… Even If It’s Self-Published

On the call Steve is interviewing a true Hollywood insider who helps hundreds of published and unpublished authors and screenwriters bring their projects to the screen. 


Steve’s guest has worked with some of the biggest producers and movie studios in Hollywood to get movies made, including Paramount pictures, Universal Music, Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hughes Brothers who’ve produced 6 major studio films (including The Book Of Eli starring Denzel Washington) and many more. 

On the How To Sell Your Book To Hollywood As A Movie Or TV Show… Even If It’s Self-Published call, you’ll discover…

  • The number one mistake book authors make when approaching Hollywood about turning their book into a movie 
    (if you don’t do this one little thing right, you’re doomed from the start… yet it’s so easy to correct) 

  • The formula veteran screenwriters use to catch a buyer’s attention and allow them to instantly visualize how your story will look on the screen 

  • What you need to do as a self-published author to get an option on your book and how much you can expect to sell the option to your book

  • The 6 key phases of turning your book idea into a movie 

  • Why the fact that all the major studios are actually making LESS movies IMPROVES your odds of having your book made into a movie (this weird dichotomy is turning Hollywood on its head and totally changing the playing field for independent publishers and writers) 

  • 9 questions you need to ask yourself about your idea or story that can lead you to the right path to market your work in Hollywood 

  • The differences between writing for a big Hollywood movie and episodic TV 

  • The newest and one of the fastest growing markets in Hollywood, “Theater On Demand”, and why it’s perfect for self-published authors to get movies made of their work 

  • The 3 biggest myths for turning a book into a movie 

  • Why sending your book directly to an agent, producer, studio or production company is the WORST thing you can do (and what you need to send to these people instead of your book that will catch their attention) 

  • How the Hollywood system really works (and why sending general inquiry letters to studios and production houses is a waste of time and effort) 

  • How agents in the movie business are totally different than agents in the book business (and the right way to find a movie agent and send an inquiry letter that will get read and acted on)

Many people think you have to be a famous author or written a string of best sellers to have your book turned into a movie or TV series. 

But the author of Silver Linings Playbook proves you don’t have to be famous or prolific. 

Did you know 29,218 movies started out as books

And you can bet they weren’t all written by famous writers.

And more novels, true stories, nonfiction books and “How To” books are being turned into movies and TV shows than ever before. 

In fact, 5 of the 9 Academy Award nominated films for 2012 started out as books

And right now Hollywood producers are looking for more books and stories they can turn into movies and TV shows. 

That’s because today there are more broadcast channels, thousands of cable channels, a growing number of independent film companies, movies and videos on demand, online movies and MORE media outlets now than at any other time in history. 

And guess what all these media companies need? 

They all need fresh content. 

And books (both fiction and non fiction… and everything from novels to how-to books) are the perfect source material for new movies and TV shows. 

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your “name up in lights”… 

If you have a message you think can be turned into a movie or TV series… 

Or if you’re just plain fed up with the quality of shows on TV today and know your story would make for better viewing… 

Then make sure to jump on the free telephone seminar on Friday, November 24th.  It’s free for you to listen in on the interview. Just go here now to reserve your spot: 


Enjoy the teleseminar on Friday!  I’m proud to be a compensated affiliate for Steve’s company, which offers a variety of training programs and services for authors and authors-to-be.

How to Land a TEDx Talk (and Other Tips for Becoming a Success Speaker)

Finding Your Inner Confidence

TEDx Talk Webinar

Would you like to do a TEDx talk?

Rise Wilson- Founder of The Laundromat Project


This is Rise Wilson’s YouTube video that forever and a day can be visited by hundreds, thousands and millions of viewers who subscribe to YouTube.

Rise Wilson is the founder of The Laundromat Project – How Making Art is a Practice Space for Becoming A Change Agent. Ms. Wilson also happens to be my niece.



You should really consider it.

Why?  Because when you give a really good TEDx talk, it’s not uncommon for the video of your talk to be seen on YouTube by hundreds of thousands of people all around the world.

Imagine someone Googling your name and the first thing they see is a TEDx talk with more than 300,000 views.  That’s credibility!

But of course, there’s a lot you need to know to make this happen.
First, most TEDx organizers are flooded with applications from far more would-be speakers than they can accept.  Plus, many only accept those based on very narrow criteria, such as being associated with a given university.

Second, the quality of the video you’ll get from your TEDx talk varies dramatically depending on the organizer – which is a huge problem, since coming away with a really compelling, well-edited video on YouTube is the biggest payoff of your talk.  A not-so great video might be worse than none at all.

My friend Steve Harrison and his team have helped 19 of his clients land TEDx talks in the last few years. They’ve learned an enormous amount in the process, and they’ll be sharing some of that wisdom in a live web class this Thursday.

Join Steve’s free web class on “How to Land a TEDx Talk (and Other Tips for Becoming a Successful Speaker)” this Wednesday, November 15th, at your choice of 2pm Eastern (11 am Pacific) or 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific).

=> https://m164.isrefer.com/go/QLTEDxLivecast/A13522/

Here’s a sneak peek at what Steve and Geoffrey Berwind, one of the world’s foremost public speaking and storytelling experts, will show you on the web class:

–     How delivering a really good TEDx talk can be a huge boost to your career.

–     What you need to know about the process of landing a TEDx talk.

–     Want to write a book but it’s not out yet?  Discover why you might considering doing a TEDx talk first.

–     Actual case histories of authors, experts and entrepreneurs who landed TEDx talks… what they learned… plus how they made it pay off.

–     3 ways to instantly improve any talk you give.

–     What a “signature story” is and why it’s so important you have one.

–     5 of the most important things every speaker should know about storytelling.

–     And more!

https://m164.isrefer.com/go/QLTEDxLivecast/A13522/  <= register free

Production, Publishing and Marketing Services

Deborah Wilson Smart

Gladstone Publishing Services was founded in 1998, and began publishing its first books the following year.  “Before the SmokeScreen” by David Goerlitz with Gary LaForest shortly followed by “No Nonsense, Nathan” by Paula Nolte were the titles of its first two offerings.  Deborah working with her Senior Publishing Editor, Gary LaForest offered a unique personalized service working hand-in-hand with the writers to bring them into the realm of authorship.  After suffering a personal tragedy, the loss of her husband and life partner of 20 years, Donald, Gladstone Publishing’s operation was put on hiatus.

In 2009, Deborah resurrected her love for writing and working with authors and offered her services as a Senior Publishing Consultant.  Deborah had remarried and charted a new direction for her life.  She honed her skills in publishing layout, editing and book design.  She personally launched the writing careers of over 40 first time authors  and worked with experienced authors to get their books into print.  To see her portfolio of books and book cover designs visit her websites: http://www.gladstonepublishing.com and http://onesmartladyproductions.org.  In 2011, One Smart Lady Productions was established by Deborah to focus on producing projects in multiple medias.  OSLP specializes in book production, traditional paperback and hardback and the ever popular electronic books.  Videography has also been added to the mix of products. Thus we have the name, “OSLP/GPS” One Smart Lady Productions/Gladstone Publishing Services.

In 2016, Deborah flew out to Arizona to the launch of a new online university. It was a client of the Four Percent Portfolio which she is a life-time member. From that conference, she returned and launched her first online store, The Pearline Oyster Shopping Mall. Originally designed to sell pearl jewelry to compliment her String of Pearl book series, she has expanded to multiple specialty collections. Ever seeking to learn more about building an eCommerce presence, she diligently learned more and more about the training and tools offered by Four Percent.

In 2017, I continued my Social Media Marketing education, by investing in online training courses and finally taking a major step and joining the Wealth Generator Community of  Investors.

My transition from downsizing my publishing services and focusing on my financial future has officially begun. Over the years I have mastered book production and now I am focusing on Social Media marketing and financial investments. It’s true there are no guarantees in life, but unless you step out on faith, you will remain stagnant and in the mindset of “I Wish…” “What If I…” and more negative thoughts.

Please take a look at the opportunity links I’ve posted in this article. If you have questions, write me admin@yourinnerconfidence.com. I look forward to growing with your portfolio with you.


Habit #6: Accentuate the Positive

Advice from One Smart Lady

Habit #6
Accentuate the Positive

“There is very little difference in people,
But that little difference makes a big difference.
The little difference is attitude.
The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

Clement Stone

No matter where you go there are memes and quotes reminding us the importance of being positive.

Positive Attitude Sightings

OpenBible  Goodreads  Brainyquotes  Pinterest

What is your Positive Outlook Factor?

3 if your answer is always,
2 if it is sometimes
1 if it is occasionally
0 if never.

  1. Do you thank a person who finds fault or criticizes you for whatever was truthful?
  2. When a stranger stares at you do you think it is because he/she likes you?
  3. When there is a sudden change of plans or an obstacle to your goal, do you see a hidden advantage in the change or obstacle?
  4. Are you able to compliment others for their success?
  5. Do you remember your past successes more than your failures?
  6. Do you easily recover from setbacks?
  7. By and large, does life seem good to you?

Score Results:

16-21 Excellent. You are thoroughly positive in your outlook. I only hope you’ve been completely honest!

11-15: Good. You are sometimes a positive person and have a foundation on which to build.

8-10: Fair. Your outlook could certainly do with an overhaul.

Below 8: You are in trouble. You clearly need to work on your negative tendencies.

Source: Dr. Archibald Hart copyright 1996 – The Habits of the Mind


Next: How the Ten Habits Fit Together: Habit 7: Be the Right Sort of Optimist
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Habit #5: Value Life’s Little Blessings

Advice from One Smart Lady

Habit #5
Value Life’s Little Blessings

“May we never let the things we can’t have or don’t have, or shouldn’t have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have.” Richard L. Evans

This statement is so true. There are times when we allow our anxiety or passion for our pursuits overshadow our relationships with our family and friends. We work hard to obtain the financial independence so we can be debt-free. We spend hours attending webinars and seminars on the internet and around when we can we travel around the globe. When we do that too often, we forsake our relationships and our own personal needs. This is the purpose of this series, “The Habit of Your Mind.” Sin did not become sin until the law was introduced. These habits have been introduced to you so you know “how to do better.”

Dr. Hart shares the story of The Guinness Book of Records entry “The Greatest Miser”, Hetty Green. She was a financier and New York Stock Exchange member whose desire for wealth consumed her. You can Google her full story. She maintained a bank balance of $31 million and died with an estate worth $100 million. She lived on cold oatmeal and in a home where she refused to heat. The living condition was so bad it caused her son’s leg to be amputated because she refused to heat the house. She died after having a convulsion while arguing over the virtues of skim milk.

As we, those of us pursuing our fortunes on the internet and off-line, work hard to build our businesses and enterprises, we must be mindful that obtaining great wealth does not always equate to obtaining great happiness. In most cases, it is just the opposite.

So of the things that bring you great happiness, do not cost anything or very little. Just think about it. Take a moment and jot down moments that bring a smile to your face remembering the time when…

We have become a nation addicted to extremes. The bigger, louder and edgy something is, it captures our attention. That is why videos, pictures, and memes with animals and children bring the softer side out of us. I set up a page, “Let Your Light Shine” because I wanted to be able to go to a page and scroll through at times when I needed a smile, laugh or even cry.

The 5th habit goes deep into how well our spiritual foundation is structured. How do we respond to life’s gotcha’s or lacks?

 “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat,
Or what ye shall drink…Behold the fowls of the air;
For they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;
Yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Matthew 6:25-26

I recall that scripture from time to time as I go through challenges periodically in my life. I take a walk and take in the world around me.

What do you do to self-heal and rid yourself of anger, disappointments, and regret? Consider this short list:

  • Visit Friends
  • Visit Family
  • Walk in the Park
  • Bike in the Park
  • Run in the Park
  • Sit in the Park
  • Fish by the water’s edge
  • Work in your garden
  • Admire a garden
  • Conversation with a Stranger
  • Conversation with an Old Friend
  • Snuggle with a loved one
  • Snuggle with your pet

The list goes on and on, and these items do not cost anything to do. What are you willing to do to ensure you ‘Value Life’s Little Blessings’?

You have been given Five (5) senses, use them to bring you closer to enjoying God’s gifts to you.

  • Go to the Library and take out an audio book – Listen to the words and allow your mind to travel to another time and place.
  • Go to the Library and take out a book – See the words and allow your mind to travel to another time and place.
  • Find a local eatery or prepare something at home – Eat and taste the food that brings you enjoyment. Note: I just recently began eating cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. I loved them as a child. We did not have bagels in our home in the 50’s. 
  • Smell freshly cut grass; flowers; food being prepared by your neighbors; the scent of a loved one-spouse, babies, etc.
  • Touch someone you care deeply for and allow them to touch you. Hug a child. Hug your pet. What do you enjoy touching? I love soft clothes and blankets; rose petals and my cat’s fur. I love snuggling up next to my husband.

Reach out and accept these blessings. Each and every day take the time to enjoy the little blessings in your life.

Next: How the Ten Habits Fit Together: Habit 6: Accentuate the Positive
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Habit #4: Don’t Punish Yourself

Advice from One Smart Lady

Habit #4
Don’t Punish Yourself

Have you considered the fact, God has forgiven us for every sin, mistake, and failure we ever made or will ever make?

Self-punishment can be a result of your conscience going bad. Remember the difference between true guilt and false guilt (Habit #3 – Keep Your Conscience Clear)?

Ways of Self-Punishment

  • Turning our anger inward
  • Robbing ourselves of pleasure
  • Acting out Self-defeating Behaviors
  • Failing to accomplish personal objectives

Solution: Form a counter habit.

  • Too Critical?

-Change to Complimentary Mode.

  • Feeling Bad about Yourself?

-Volunteer in your community.

-Give sacrificially to a good cause in either time or money

-Help someone in real need


Looking in the mirror of self-reflection is not always beneficial. Like the distorted mirrors at the carnival, you may look fat when you are actually thin.

“God intended self-reflection to be the means of honest information about ourselves for growth and healing.”

“Search me, O God, and know my heart:
Try me and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

This prayer leads us directly to the heart of God. It addresses exactly what God intended self-reflection to be; motivating us to know ourselves deeply and therefore to reach out for God, not to find a reason to self-punish.

Healthy self-reflection opens your mind to full discovery and spiritual wholeness.

“If we fail to become whole in mind and spirit, it is not because the Gospel is insufficient for our needs. It is because our grasps of the Gospel is so deficient.” Dr. Archibald D. Hart

Next: How the Ten Habits Fit Together: Habit 5: Value Life’s Little Blessings
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Habit #3: Keep Your Conscience Clear

Advice from One Smart Lady

Habit #3
Keep Your Conscience Clear

“Conscience can take us by the hand and lead us to God.”

“Conscience is rarely consistent or rational.”

“No one in his right mind should want to live without a conscience. In fact, there is a name for them and they are called ‘sociopaths’.”

True Guilt vs False Guilt

“True guilt seeks to put things right.” For example, true guilt manifests itself if you hurt someone, violated their rights, and you need to take responsibility for your actions. This is true guilt. False guilt is what we feel when no actual violation has occurred, but it is imagined or when we exaggerate a petty mistake we’ve made, or when we refuse to forgive ourselves even though we have been forgiven.

When Guilt Distorts

Even as I write this, I am questioning how this habit will be received by my non-Christians readers. I am questioning my right to give a report on this topic using Bible quotes and Christian ethics. Nevertheless, in 1 Peter 3:16 I am reminded to “keep a clear conscience so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” My conviction in my belief and faith in Christ is closely connected to my conscience.

This verse in 1 Timothy foretold what we are experiencing today.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teaching come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with hot iron.”

There is clearly a connection between God’s conviction and our conscience. Hebrews 10:22…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Distorted False Guilt

We always hear the saying, “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide.” According to Dr. Hart, that may not be necessarily a good thing to do. A false guilty conscience can lead to distress, depression, and even suicide. We may feel guilt when someone snubs us, leaving us wondering what ‘we’ did wrong. We get these guilty nagging negative thoughts when we do not call our parents or we do not give our children things they want and do not necessarily need.

To have clear conscience, we must learn to recognize healthy, true guilt and apply the right remedy. Sometimes the remedy calls for a simple apology or a confession that you did something wrong even if no one witnessed it.

How to Tell True from False Guilt

The feeling of guilt must be linked to a real, and not imagined, violation.

“Only real guilt can be forgiven.”

I bumped into a cabinet at a friend’s home and knocked over a curio. It fell to the floor and broke. I felt awful. I apologized and offered to replace it. I was forgiven for my carelessness.

The feeling of guilt must be appropriately proportioned to the violation.

“The seriousness of the guilt must always match the seriousness of the violation.”

If I carelessly bump into a cabinet at a friend’s home and a favorite curio or statuette falls and breaks. I feel sorrow and guilt about my carelessness. I apologize and I offer to replace it. The individual accepts my apology. If I continue to feel guilty and I continue to lose sleep over my carelessness, then I am operating under false guilt.

A young woman as a child was molested repeatedly by a family member. When she becomes of age or at a place in her life where she is able to tell someone, the response she receives is, “Why didn’t you tell me? Or Somebody?” This type of response causes false guilt. The young woman now blames herself for the molestation instead of the abuser.

The self-inflicted punishment does not match the crime.

Healing False Guilt

“When we are forgiven by God or someone else, we should be released from guilt feelings.”

Nevertheless, even when we are forgiven it is a challenge to get rid of the negative voices we hear in our mind. As a counselor, I pass on a practice that helps trick the mind to forget or get rid of the negative thought. As soon I recognize a negative thought entering my mind, I place my forefinger and middle on my forehead between my eyes, tap and say, “Cancel, Cancel.”

It works for me, and I have been given feedback by my clients, it worked for them.

Habit # 3-Having A Clear Conscience is a hard habit to truly understand and get a handle on. Yet, it is very clear to me, that having a healthy mind requires having a clear conscience. If not clear at all times, we need to understand and learn tools and methods to help adjust our thoughts and feelings about ourselves.

Next: How the Ten Habits Fit Together: Habit 4: Don’t Punish Yourself
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Habit 2: Give Yourself Permission to Fail

Advice from One Smart Lady

Habit #2
Give Yourself Permission to Fail

My Personal Failure

“There is no failure in God’s Kingdom, only forced growth.”

Your permission to fail does not mean you do not care about succeeding. It just means you accept your failure as a learning experience. Examine it and move on.

“Success is nothing more than failure with the garbage brushed off.”

There are times when you come to the realization you are not going to succeed in the deal, project or relationship. It’s called the “moment of breaking” according to M. Scott Peck, author of “The Road Less Travelled”. The key to this realization is how do you respond or react? How do you recover from this “moment when all dependence on your own self-sufficiency is shattered. You stare at the stark reality that you can’t win all the time. Sometimes you simply lose.”

You must forgive yourself and move on.

Have I failed? Yes, many times. Do I consider myself a failure? No. I consider myself tenacious and a fighter. Regardless of the disappointments and rejections in my life, both personal and business, I just keep moving ahead. Do I ever get bogged down in grief and depression? Yes, I do, but my pity parties no longer devastate me. I allow myself to feel the loss and I adjust.

Everyone Feels Failure’s Arrows

“Sometimes God speaks loudest through our apparent failures.”

“Many successful people have built that success on mountains of a failure.”

“The way to accelerate your success is to double your failure rate.”

“We do not seek to fail, it just happens. When we fail, it just gives us a second chance to fail again (or not).”

Why does Failure Devastate Us?

In our country, we have cultivated the idol, “Success”.

“God is not in the success business but in the refining business.”

Otherwise, we would succeed in everything that we attempt. If you look closely at the successful men and women, every step they took to reach their level of success came with a failure or misstep. Each time we go through a new experience, it is for the purpose to grow and mature. Success is the fruit of these experiences.

Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”

“God uses failure to refine us.”

God’s Purification Process

  1. Failure devastates us because it points out our imperfections.

I must confess, my biggest failures have come from failed relationships. Most of my life from the time of my childhood, I desperately desired to not only be loved but cherished. When I didn’t receive my measure of love, I ended my relationships. Since I’ve grown in my knowledge of what Godly love is, I understand no one can love and cherish me as much as God. He gave his only son so I might live eternally.

I now relate to people without setting the standards and expectations in our relationships too high. I have learned to have compassion and patience.

  1. Failure devastates us because we irrationally confuse FAILING with being a FAILURE.

“You are not a failure because you failed. You are a failure when you give up or give in.”

When Is Failure Not a Failure?

Last year when Pope Francis visited the United States, he spoke in New York. He made a statement which went viral, “Jesus’ Life Ended in Failure” was the headlines. I did a, “WHAT?” Upon researching further, my emotions were soothed. I understood where he was coming from.

As I began reading this section in Dr. Hart’s book, I smiled. Again the question of whether Jesus’ life end in failure on the cross.

“God,” Oswald Chamber is quoted, “called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster.” From a human standpoint, the life of Jesus was an absolute failure. But from God’s viewpoint, it was a tremendous triumph because it fulfilled his perfect plan for the world.” Success or failure is a matter of perspective.

My perspective: Just look at the fruit of His life; past and present. I’m looking even into the future.

Was My Failure a Failure?

As I reflect on my relationships, throughout my life with friends, family, dating and marriage, I now understand the internal obsession with needing to be loved and cherished has been redirected and redefined. The emotional satisfaction I receive from my clients fulfills those areas of need. My husband and family no longer have that responsibility “to complete me”. I recognize that only God has that ability and he is sending me people and projects which reflect how he has fulfilled their needs.

So my relationship failures have only shown me how not to interact within my relationships with others, and most importantly myself. My inner peace and joy are not only reflected in my smile, it also shows in my eyes and emanates from my heart. It is also reflected in the choices I make each and every day.

Have I failed at relationships? Yes, I have. Am I a failure? No, I am not.

“Failure is a disguise of God’s best plan for my life.”

Dr. Archibald D. Hart

Next: How the Ten Habits Fit Together: Habit 3: Keep Your Conscience Clear
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Rules for Building Strong Habits

Advice from One Smart Lady

As I continue to grow professionally and personally, I marvel at the fact I have all I need to know right at my fingertips. Over the years, I have attended many seminars, workshops both online and in classrooms. I even called myself, “The Seminar Junkie”. Recently, I have been concentrating on my mind and how it works. I have been blessed with many skills, talents, and gifts. I say ‘blessed’, but it is also a curse. Because of my varied interests, I tend to be all over the place.

I have been given the heart of service and teaching and I tend to answer, “Yes” when asked, “Can you help me with…” You fill in the blank.

A couple of weeks ago, as I was unpacking my books, I came across “Habits of the Mind” by Dr. Archibald D. Hart. He may or may not be a familiar name. I was introduced to Dr. Hart through my Biblical Counseling training. His book was recommended by my Counseling Teacher and at that time it was out of print and unavailable. I was not daunted, as a publisher, I knew that authors always had their own stash so I wrote tracked him down and asked if he had a copy available for sale. He was pleasantly surprised that I went to such great lengths to get a copy of his book. I sent him a check and he sent me an autographed copy, “To Deborah, With God’s Blessings. Archibald D. Hart”. I will treasure this book forever.

One of the skills we are taught is how to take our counseled clients through the process of swapping out bad habits and replacing them with good habits. The process was called “put off – put on”.

It would go like this:

Put Off – Lying                                     Put On – Truth
Put Off – Negative Talk                      Put On – Positive Self-Talk
Put Off – Procrastination                   Put On – Taking Action

In the “Habits of the Mind”, Dr. Hart takes the reader through ten exercises to renewing your thinking. Along with these exercises are six (6) rules.

Rule for Building Strong Habits

  1. Have A Plan
  2. Define the Habit You Desire
  3. Challenge Whatever Sabotages Your New Habit
  4. Set Up A System of Reminders
  5. Reinforce Your New Habit
  6. Challenge Your Plan if isn’t Working.

Have A Plan

Be intentional about what you plan to do. No good habits can be formed without a plan. Imagine a building contractor who is hired to build a skyscraper. He or she would not take blueprints which lacked a strong foundation.

I want to be Financially Wealthy and Debt-Free.

Define the Habit You Desire

Be specific in defining your desired outcome. If it is setting a dollar amount that you want to earn each month, write it down and also list every skill, product or idea you have to bring in a specific dollar amount. It is learning a skill. Write down the source of training, the length of time it will take for you to achieve this training and a target deadline.

I want to earn a Six-Figure Income a month. Write down the steps to achieve this. Place it at the top of the tier and work your way up from the bottom. Build a strong foundation. What will it take?

  1. Six-Figure Income a month
  2. $75,000 Income a month
  3. $50,000 Income a month
  4. $25,000 Income a month
  5. $15,000 Income a month
  6. $10,000 Income a month
  7. $5,000 Income a month
  8. $1,000 Income a month

Challenge Whatever Sabotages Your New Habit

Be a good steward of your income. Challenge yourself to Tithe 10% (or more), Save (10%), (60%) Pay Your Bills/Discretionary Spending  and reinvest 20% in your business. Note: Paying your bills will decrease as your bills are paid off. The challenge is to still hold down discretionary spending.

Set up a System of Reminders

Set up a daily routine of monitoring your activities:

  • Morning Devotion to align yourself with right thinking
  • Reflection of the previous day’s activities
  • Setting out the plans for the day
  • Act on your plans

Reinforce Your New Habit

Set up an accountability partner and receive confirmation you are on target. Reinforce yourself knowing that God is pleased with your progress. Remember it is a journey and a process we all are going through.

Change Your Plan if it isn’t Working

Examine the areas of your plans that are not working and don’t hesitate to change or get rid of them.

Next: How the Ten Habits Fit Together
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  • Visualize it.
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  • Develop programs that will help others grow their dreams.

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