A Journal Entry – Victory Dance

One of my stated purposes of this blog is to share the ups and down of writing. So go ahead and peek over my shoulder as I write a journal entry…

Recently I’ve had some victories. I believe, in the coming weeks, I’ll have more. In what form did they come? A few weeks back, I sold an article on reducing stress. I sold an article online this week. The subject was savings at the grocery store.Writing- Journal Entry - Leather bound book

I also received notice that a meditation I submitted to Upper Room was chosen for publication. It will be published in July-August 2014. How did it come about? Well, I can trace the things I have sent out, the pieces I’ve worked on and the contacts that I’ve made, but I think the following statement from Calvin Coolidge fits:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not…Genius will not… Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – (John) Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the United States

You see, regarding Upper room, I’ve submitted a total of 19 meditations over the last year or so. Of those 19, four had been selected for “hold” and later were not chosen. I had four other ones on “hold” for the final cut, and now one of these four is being published.

I’ve also had 7 devotions accepted for Secret Place in about a year and a half. I have submitted 41 to them. If I’ve had more successes than someone else, I can only attribute it to being willing to fail more often.

To be accepted you have to be willing to be rejected — a  lot.  (Click to Tweet) 
You can’t hit home runs unless you’re willing to strike out. I detailed some more of this continuous submission process in this post – Writing: Shorts, Stats, and Sales. It is an ongoing process isn’t it? Or you could say a process of choosing to keep going on. I’m willing to fail as well as triumph. I realize that determination and courage are not some amazing qualities that only a few possess. You simply give it your best shot, and then do it again.Mechanical-Pencil only

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Related Post: Receiving and Rising Above Rejection

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13 comments on “A Journal Entry – Victory Dance
  1. Cate Macabe says:

    Thank you for the encouraging post. Having the “willingness to be rejected” is probably a good indication of how important a thing is to us. It takes courage to tell someone we love them for the first time, to stand up for a cause, to put our artistic endeavor out there in the world — all things that come with the possibility of rejection. Congratulations on your persistence and your successes.

  2. Willi says:

    WTG Peter! You summarily took my idea for an upcoming blog post and said it better and more succinctly than I could!! 😀

  3. valrfederoff says:

    Congratulations Peter. Thank you for stating how many times before a hit. Let me know which issue of Upper Room; I would love to see it.

  4. Erica says:

    Peter, of all your posts, this is my favorite. Congratulations on your well-deserved successes. *sincere applause*

  5. dana mentink says:

    Super, Peter! Glad to hear about those victories! 🙂

  6. A.M. Ashfyrd says:

    Congratulations on your victories. I hope you enjoy many more.

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