Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK!

Welcome L. Diane Wolfe as a guest blogger today (and Part 2 of her guest post from the Faith Girls Writing by Faith blog today.) At the end of this post, remember to read an excerpt from chapter 8!
Angie


Diane: "Sometimes Christians appear to have more problems than others. But through it all, God wants us to maintain a positive attitude. No matter how bad things may appear, be must remember that we win in the end!"



Overcoming Obstacles with Spunk: The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting
By L. Diane Wolfe

Break through your barriers with SPUNK!

Are you ready to break through the barriers obstructing your goals and move into a position of leadership? Then do so with SPUNK! Learn the steps required to overcome obstacles and become an effective and dynamic leader. The five Keys guide you through:

v Developing a positive attitude
v Learning people skills
v Raising self-esteem
v Overcoming fears
v Setting goals

Joined by authors David Ambrose, P.M. Terrell, Darlene Wofford, Jocelyn Andersen, Bob Johnson, C. Denise Sutton, and Bill Wilson, Wolfe’s “Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting” will energize your passion for life!

A professional speaker trained in a top motivation education system, Wolfe helps individuals develop passion, confidence, and an image of success. Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” the author resides in North Carolina with her husband and two cats. “With a positive attitude, any goal can be achieved!”

Available March 17, 2009, $13.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 176 pages
Non-fiction/Self-help ISBN 978-0-9816210-2-9 / 0-9816210-2-3
Links for purchase:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Publisher direct



Excerpt from “Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting”
– Chapter 8: Problems and a PMA

If possessing a good attitude attracts positive, why do problems continue to occur? As a Christian, I personally believe there is an evil force controlling life on earth that delights in creating problems for everyone. Regardless of what you may believe, we can chalk it up to the fact that life is not perfect. Despite a positive attitude, high expectations, and careful planning, some things simply go wrong without rhyme or reason. Life is not fair. The sooner we realize this truth, the sooner we can move forward.

Even if you possess a positive outlook, there will be times when barriers arise and thwart your progress. These obstacles and delays are frustrating. It is perfectly acceptable to feel frustrated, though. Since emotions in of themselves are not wrong, and we are only human, we all feel discouraged and baffled now and then. Short-term frustration happens to the best of us.
The real trouble begins when we allow frustration to stop us in our tracks, though. A moment’s pause as we regroup and form a proactive resolution is acceptable. Unfortunately, too many people allow their frustrations to halt all forward progress. Feeling defeated, these individuals lose sight of their goals and slip into depression. Do not fall into this trap! Remove your eyes from the obstacle, refocus on your destination, and do not give in to the urge to quit.

Problems are incredibly discouraging when it appears the path is completely blocked. Every goal or ambition boasts many trails leading to its attainment, though. How many times have we heard that when one door shuts, another will open? Almost to the point of annoyance? Yet, there is great truth in that statement. It basically means that an alternate route to our final destination exists if we do not abandon our quest. After all, few ventures proceed exactly as originally planned. Columbus was seeking another route to India. He eventually accomplished this goal, but not without discovering America first. Talk about a situation not proceeding according to plan!

If the idea of your carefully planned route abruptly colliding with a brick wall disturbs and frightens you, then broaden your view on the situation. There are many opportunities for success open to those who possess optimism and determination. If there’s more than one way to skin a cat, then there’s certainly another means by which to overcome your obstacles. Employ a little optimism when facing your challenges. Go over, tunnel underneath, or simply batter that wall in front of you!
When all else fails and you are faced with an impossible situation, you simply need to trust and believe circumstances will improve. It requires a measure of faith on your part, especially when there is no evidence. This is the true test of a positive attitude. Cling to hope and stay focused on the goal. Proverbs 29:18 states ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish…’ Without hope and belief, you will not succeed. Control all within your capability to master and do not allow your attitude to slide into despair.

L. Diane Wolfe
Author & Professional Speaker
www.spunkonastick.net
www.thecircleoffriends.net
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