Dreams

Believe In Your Dream

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Believe in Your Dream!

Every person has a dream but only a few pursue those dreams. If you are one of those people then this article is for you to encourage you to believe again. This article includes encouragement, simple tips of how to believe in your dream, and a few affirmations to kick start your belief that you can start right now.
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One of the biggest reasons so many people do not pursue their dreams is that they don’t really believe in them. To believe is to accept something as being true, sure of the truth, and have faith in something.
You’ve had a dream for a long time but that’s all it seems to be – just a dream, that stays in the corridors of your mind, tucked secretly in a box that you visit every now and then. You examine it, think about, and even wish that it will come true someday, but then you carefully tuck it back into the hiding place only to visit it at another point in time. But listen up dreamer, I want to encourage you that your dream doesn’t have to stay hidden. Believe in your dream and live it.
And now that a spark of courage is rippling through your thoughts tapping on that box where your dream is tuck safely in, Negative Nancey shows up spewing out her words of unbelief, doubt, and fear. Believe me, I understand the thoughts and conversations in your mind of the, “what if’s.” What if I’m not good enough, what if it’s a failure, I don’t know if I can do it.
The bible says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
Believe me, I know the thoughts that bombard your mind. I have had and still have wavering thoughts sometimes. But this is where you need to do crowd control. Kick Negative Nancy (negative thoughts) that crowds your mind of unbelief to the curb and replace her with a new best friend – Affirmation. An affirmation is basically a formal declaration. (I will do a post on affirmations, so stay tuned.)
Once you believe in your dreams nothing will be able to stop you.

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m Possible!

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        5 Simple Steps In Believing Your DREAM!

1. Believe in Yourself – You are capable of more than you think. You can accomplish anything once you set your mind to it. Confidence is important when it comes to believing in yourself. It shows faith in oneself and one’s ability without any hint of conceit or arrogance. But first, you will need to know who you are and identify your negative thoughts so that you can build confidence and self-esteem. (This is an excerpt from my book, “Fear – It is a Devourer.”
2. Overcome Your Fear – Fear is the biggest block to our dreams. Ask anyone who has achieved their dream, and they will tell you at some point in their life they felt that they couldn’t make it. But it’s patience and persistence that made them achieve.
3. Visualize Your Dream – See your dream as if it was already functioning. Example: If you want to write a book, see yourself holding that masterpiece. What does it look like? What does it feel like? How will it change someone’s life? These three questions can work for any dream. No matter what your dream, visualize it as if you were already doing it.
4. Share Your Dream – My advice to you is only share your dream with someone that you trust and that believes in you. You don’t need dream killers in your life. Dream killers are the ones who will say, “you can’t do that, your not smart enough, or who do you think you are?” But sharing your dream with someone you trust, is one way of assuring yourself that you are ready to work hard and attain it. The friend will be asking you how far you are progressing to the dream. This is important! It motivates you because there are expectations for not only you but also your friends.
5. Planning is a must – Dreams must be accompanied by some form of a plan. This plan must make sense. Real dreamers are believers and doers of their dreams. A plan will show the progressive steps that will take you to the realization of your dreams.

Here are some don’t to help you with mental obstacles:

1. Don’t wait until the circumstances are perfect.
You shouldn’t wait for the circumstances to be perfect because the truth is, there may never be a perfect time to start on your dream.
2. Don’t wait for other peoples approval.
Everyone will see your dream different than you do and that’s okay. People are programmed different, it’s just a fact of life. You can get any number of people in a room and ask the same question to everyone and 9 times out of 10 the answers will all be different.
3. Don’t think you need to wait until you have skill.
I know that it seems normal to think you need the skill before you start but the truth is, you will learn so much more by doing than by waiting. Doing allows you hone in on the skill much faster than learning the theory.
3 Simple Affirmations you can start saying right away to ignite your confidence.
Repeat these phrases several times a day or even once a day and watch how your mindset changes!
• I believe in myself.
• I trust in my abilities.
• I make a difference in my life.
Take a step today and write down more affirmations that pertain to your dreams. Repeat and speak them daily out loud. When you speak out loud, the sound (words) travel through your ear canal reaching the eardrum. The eardrum translates this information into a form that your brain can understand. If you only think it and not speak it, then the message doesn’t have the same effect. (Another excerpt from my book, “Fear- It is a Devourer.

Believe in Your Dream,

Brenda Scruggs – Author

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Dreams

Chasing Your DREAMS!

Chasing your dreams can sometimes feel like when you watch fireworks during holidays, they seem to explode in our mind only to fizzle out when we don’t have the courage to chase them.
Do you have a burning desire to do something? Is there a dream that keeps coming up but you’re too afraid to step out into it?
Bravery is facing your fear and having the courage in taking steps regardless of how it feels. The word “courage,” is related to the French word “Coeur,” which means “heart.” Have you heard the phrase,” to take at heart?” If you take heart in something, you are encouraged and made to feel optimistic by it. Synonyms: be encouraged, be comforted, cheer up.
In this post, I’ll share some helpful tips in chasing your dream.
Remember, real bravery isn’t about fearlessness; it’s about taking steps in spite of it.
Courage is your fuel in achieving amazing success in life, follow/chase your dreams.
• If you’re a writer, you could be the next best-seller.
• If you’re a singer, you could be the next pop or country, etc. singer.
• If you’re an inventor, you could invent the next creation that could change the world.

Dreams are limitless. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. So, don’t limit your dreams, live them.
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Can you remember when you were a child and you chased your friends in a game of tag or hiding seek? You would run as fast as you could to tag the person you were chasing so that they would be it. In other words, you chased the person for a purpose. When you chase something, for instance, your dreams, it is for a purpose and that purpose is to see the dream come to life.
Here is a story about a man that had the courage to continue when rejection seemed as cannon balls that targeted him. (Independence Day theme)
George Lucas spent four years sending the script for Star Wars around to various studios. After numerous rejections, he didn’t give up even when Universal Studios and United Artist both turned him down. Can you see the cannon balls? – Rejection.
Then finally, an executive from 20th Century Fox who had seen his American Graffiti film and been impressed by it decided to give him a chance with his Star Wars. The film was made for $11 million dollars and was released in 1977. Since then the original Star Wars trilogy has grossed over 2.4 billion dollars. If he’d let his negative inner voice get to him, he would never have ended up having the highest grossing film of all time. George Lucas had the courage to chase his dream.

What’s keeping you from chasing/pursuing your dream?
 Could it be fear?
 Could it be not knowing where to start?
 Could it be finances?
 Could it be doubt in achieving your dream?
It’s easy to talk yourself out of something, but face the fear, begin somewhere, invest in yourself little by little, and CRUSH doubt!
Steps in Chasing and living your Dream

1. Vision your dream
Think to yourself and imagine seeing yourself living your dream. Activate your imagination and see where you want to be.

2. Design your dream
Once you have a vision of your dream, build a blueprint of it on paper. Jot down an outline of ideas, and techniques.

3. Work your dream
Now that you have the vision and outline for your dream, you will need to work it. This is where you need to collaborate with all the tools and materials that you will need for the finished product – your dream.

4. Launch your dream
Now that you’ve seen your vision, planned it, worked it, it’s time to launch it. Launching your dream can be exciting and scary at the same time. An assortment of thoughts will bombard your mind some good others not so good. But believe in your dream. Believing is a vital part of your dream.

I am an author of contemporary/historical romance and I am following/chasing my dream.

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Blurb:
Norma Gentry is a natural entrepreneur. Her ideas are more than dreams, they become reality. Her beauty is more than skin deep. Her heart is in everything that she does from being a wife to starting different enterprises. Though a lady’s place is in the home, her husband encourages her dreams. But when the train that she is returning home on derails, her life is changed forever.
Jim Gentry a notable councilman in the city of Nashville, Tennessee considers himself fair and is respected by the townspeople. Known for his astuteness and investments, he took the position of a moderator on the city council to aid in the growth of this great city. But his world comes to a standstill when the train Norma, his wife is on derails.
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The Ladies of this saga are Proverbs Thirty-One women. They are women who are business orientated, strong-willed and determined to live the dream that God has placed inside of them. Follow these women of free enterprise and see how their story unfolds as God secretly works behind the scenes fashioning love together, healing wounds and bringing dreams to life.
Each novel can be read as a standalone book or as a historical saga.
Until next time… Follow your dreams!
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Freedom to DREAM!

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We celebrate July 4th as Independence Day. The quality or state of being independent.
The thirteen colonies declared themselves independent from Great Britain’s rule. They had, had enough of Britian’s taxation and declared to be free. Independence Day marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which established America as a country free from the rule of Great Britain. George Washington thought the Declaration was so important that he had it read to his troops on the parade grounds. The parade grounds were on New York’s Commons, which is very near today’s City Hall.
Have you ever wondered why humungous kaleidoscopes of gunpowder spray the night sky each Fourth of July? On the first Independence Day celebration, that was held in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, when the country was still in the midst of the Revolutionary War against Britain, the residents came together to watch their new nation’s sky illuminated in a grand display meant to boost morale.
Today, we gather with family and friends, have cookouts and barbeques with a day of festivities ending with fireworks to celebrate our freedom. We live in a land of freedom and home of the brave. Freedom to believe in One True God, bare arms, and follow our dreams. Dreams that we can choose to follow.
Have you considered your dream lately? The one you used to think about when you were a child, the one that flickers through your thoughts every now and then. If you haven’t, then when you nestle down staring at the sky on July 4th while watching the fireworks, let the sparks that ignite the night sky, spark your dream to life again. We have this great freedom to be whatever we choose so dream a dream and believe in it.

Happy Independence Day!

Brenda Scruggs
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Writing and Promoting

How to Promote with Business Cards

How to Promote Your Business Using Business Cards
Today with all the social media and digital platforms, and with just one click, the internet can find all the information that you need making you wonder if business cards are of any use. But I believe that any network is useful.

The goal of any marketing is to set your company apart from the competition in a positive way to motivate prospect customers to take the next step and purchase your product or build an email list. Always, always keep business cards with you ready to hand out. You never know who you next customer may be.

A business card is a master key that opens doors of opportunity. It is perfectly designed to fix in a wallet where the potential customer can find it easily. It contains all the business and contact information making it easy for the customer to find you.

I have compiled a list of some simple tips to help you get your business noticed. You can download the cheat sheet and print it reviewing it daily to remind you of potential opportunities.

Below are a couple of business cards uses that are on the Tip List.

– Give your card another purpose than going in a wallet and turn it into a bookmark.
– Turn it into a folding fan. A lot of business is going to this technique where the fan is used in public promoting their business in plain site without being pushy.

TIP:
A good presentation is a part of a good first impression to a potential customer. So, don’t be pushy.

Click here for Cheat Sheet and Tips!

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The Noble Wife is a story that will touch your heart.
Jim Gentry’s life came to a complete standstill when his eyes read the note. The words, “Train Wreck,” seemed to jump from the page as if they were alive – Norma, his wife was on the train. She had to be alive, she just had to be.
Everything Norma Gentry touched seemed to prosper, except one thing and that was her ability to have children. Though, she knew her husband loved her, she felt as a failure until the accident that changed her life.

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The Best Gift that you can GIVE!

 

Are you looking for a book that contains all genres?

Action/Adventure, Historical Romance, Drama, How To’s, Futurist Events, and many more, this book contains them all.
Are you in need of self-help, instruction, direction, or needing a hero, then these pages incorporate it all?
Action/Adventure – Read about journeys to faraway lands, mystic battles of giants and unusual circumstances.
Historical Romance – Read about amazing and romantic love stories that melt the heart, some remarkable, some tragic.
Drama– Read about world creation, how civilizations formed, an amazing BIRTH, how the Hero gives His life, and how the future will be.
How To’s – Read about how to overcome any situation that you face.
Instruction/Direction – Read about instruction/direction from a king that God granted wisdom beyond measure. (Proverbs and the parables of Jesus (Yeshua- Hebrew name) Books Mathew, Mark, Luke and John gives insight on everyday living.)
Futurist Events (Sci-Fi) – Read about how kingdoms will rise and fall, cataclysmic events, spectacular atmospheric occurrences and final residing.

This Marvelous book is the BIBLE!

Reading or giving the bible is the Best Present that you can give.
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Clara’s Return

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Love hurts. Is it better to have loved and lost or have never loved at all?
After the death of her father, Clara Jenkins decision of attending a finishing school to become a lady and learning the trade of business for her Cookery hadn’t turned out the way she’d planned. She returned to find the only man that she ever loved hadn’t waited for her.
Will Boone settled it in his heart that if Clara had loved him then she wouldn’t have left. She was to be his wife and wives didn’t leave the man if she truly loved him. So, he moved on with his life, trying to leave the past in the past but memories of her wouldn’t cooperate. He forced himself to hate her, it was easier that way.
But, would Clara and Will be strong enough to leave things the way they were when a handsome businessman rides into town setting his sights on Clara offering her own eatery in Nashville?

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Jesus Loves You!

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I have a message for you. Jesus loves you. You may think oh, another religious nut. But, WAIT please finishing reading then you can label me a nut.

Jesus died on the cross that you might have life and life more abundantly. Life is worth going through the things you are going through. You may say that’s not a loving God. But, the truth is most of the time we go through things by the choices we make in life. You may have not had a loving, caring family to guide you. You may have had the opposite – unloving, uncaring, abusive even. But, Jesus was the word who became flesh so that He could know us. He went to great lengths even a brutal beating before being nailed to a cross just for you. You may think that was just a man a long time ago. But, I want to tell you He is just as real today as He was 2000 years ago. If you don’t know Him what have you got to lose – except the old life. Make today, a brand new day! Give your life to Jesus.

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Brenda’s Bio

Brenda Scruggs is an inspirational author, blogger, along with a daytime job. By day, she works as a merchandiser and by night her fingers tap the keyboard producing contemporary /historical stories that takes the reader on travels of conflict and suspense with a flavor of romance. Her characters are strong and determined while facing oppositions that could alter their way of life.

My Writings

I believe the written word can transport a person to different times, places and where dreams can come true. It brings the imagination alive experiencing diverse emotions leaving the reader wanting to know more.
I write contemporary and historical romance with a hint of suspense. I enjoy keeping the reader on edge wondering what’s coming next.
Usually, for me, in many cases when I began a novel, it will present itself in the form of a scene. I let the scene play out in my mind then rush and jot it down. I mostly get the middle of the novel before the beginning or the end. I think it’s interesting that way since I can choose how the end will be.

Contact Information

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Website:
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