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Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Naysayers


Twenty-Six Days of Creative Inspiration



We all need to be encouraged. It's important to have friends and colleagues who support and inspire you, especially in creative endeavors. Goodness knows there is a lot of the r- word (rejection not radicchio) in the world of writing. Hand holding, back patting, and a shoulder to cry on are essential parts of our writer's toolbox.

What about the dream stealers? You know them, the ones who roll their eyes and tell you your dream is too big and unattainable. Yes, these are the naysayers.

You don't need armor, or the sword Excalibur to fight off these negative nillies who usually speak from a position of jealously or envy. Fight the poison seed of doubt they plant in your brain with the most powerful weapons of all, optimism and hope. 


Morph doubt into a challenge.

Yes, you can.
Yes, you will.

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
Walt Disney

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25 comments:

  1. Yes! :)

    It`s tough to push those naysayers out of your head!

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    1. Jemi, I'm one who has to forceably remove negative comments from my brain. You're right, it isn't easy.

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  2. Boo to naysayers! Who needs 'em.

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  3. Great post, Leslie. We've all got to learn to turn those negative words into fuel for our writing.

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  4. Yeah, I liked the rejection not radicchio too! A big nixie to naysayers.

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  5. No to the naysayers! Whenever I hear someone tell me I can't do something, I just get mad and try even harder. Love the quote from Disney!

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  6. Thank you, Leslie! This blog is so inspiring. ITA with you about the naysayers. I've learned to go after my dreams no matter what. When people ask me "what do you do?" I say I'm a writer, an artist, a filmmaker or a photographer. I don't say, "I'm an administrative assistant at a government agency."

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  7. Inspiring post! Why do some people have to be downers? Why can't everyone be like YOU? :) Thanks, Leslie.

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  8. NO to the naysayers!! :) How dare someone else steal a dream?? It's just not right. Great post!

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  9. Naysayers, beware! We have a positive movement going here.

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  10. I love encouragement and inspiration! I have a really hard time with pessimistic people and naysayers. Better to be around the optimists!

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  11. A friend and I were just talking about this. It's one of those things that -so- many people struggle with! Sharing our thoughts can only help, right? :)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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  12. It's good to keep the naysayers at bay. In my life, the biggest naysayers come from my own family. So I constantly struggle to keep them in check.

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  13. I got rid of many negative people in my life years ago and I'm all the better for it. I must admit that their nay-saying did spur me on to bigger and better things.

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  14. Leslie, this is awese! I'm thankful for supportive friends like you :)

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    1. I meant "awesome." I need my glasses :/

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    2. I thought awese was a new hip term the kids were using these days.

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  15. I love that Disney quote. My mom always said, "If someone else has done it, you can learn to do it too." I've lived my life by that motto.

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  16. I'm lucky. I don't have any naysayers in my life. And if I do, I'm not listening to them. Fortunately I have lots of cheerleaders. :D

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  17. What a great post! I love the quote from Walt Disney. Even if we are mostly surrounded by positive people it is always nice to be reminded to go after our dreams! :)

    ~Jess

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  18. I love this post! It made me smile. :)

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