Friday, January 15, 2016

Personal Mantras that Inspire ~ Donna McDine

Do you have a special quote that you read often to keep you focused? I refer to several different quotes or as I like to call them “my personal mantras” depending on my particular mood or task at hand.


Writing lets me soar into depths of my soul that I never knew existed!

Let me listen to criticism that I can benefit from and let me forget the rest!

A person with a positive outlook views a closed door as an opportunity to strike out in a new direction.

Positive thoughts (expectations) can change perspective, transform behaviors, and attract good fortune.

What you expect, you fulfill.  Think of yourself as a writer who will publish, and often, who will be respected and read, who will have financial returns for your writing investment. 

In most cases the road to publication is long.  But don’t concentrate on getting published. Concentrate on writing the best work you are capable of.  Expect rejection.  Welcome revision.  When you send a manuscript out, begin something new.

“Don’t let any feeling keep you from writing.  Don’t let the world slow you down.  Your story is the most important thing coming down the line this year.  It’s your year – make the most of it.” ~ Walter Mosley – August 2007

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~ Stephen King

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope or confidence." ~ Helen Keller

“If you live properly your dreams will come to you.” ~ Randy Pausch

“It’s very easy to just become a parent and forget who you are as a person. It’s important to remember that you are a person first.” ~ Lori McKenna – Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine – Summer 2008

“Listen to your inner voice, and if you have a thought at four in the morning, WRITE IT DOWN. Those are the magic moments.” ~ Janine Turner – Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine – Summer 2008

Please feel free to comment on what your “personal mantras” are.

Here’s to a positive outlook! 


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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  1. Great quotes, Donna. I don't have any special thoughts, but I know if I don't write, nothing will be published. So I write.
    Have a great weekend.

    1. So very true, Bev! Thanks for dropping by for a visit! Have a great weekend!

  2. Those are all good! Helen Keller's about hope is so true.

    1. Glad you enjoyed Alex! I agree full heartedly! Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

  3. Great post, Donna. They are all good words of wisdom. I also love Helen Keller's words. Another one of my go-to quotes is...
    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
    Zig Ziglar
    Cheers to a positive outlook:)

    1. Karin, love the Zig Ziglar quote! Happy Sunday!

  4. Good reminders that positive is so much better for us than negative. Loved these.

  5. Just found your blog from the A-Z challenge list. Great post! Love that Stephen King quote--gives me hope!


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