Monday, March 1, 2010

How Do You Get Through a Moment of Crisis?

My first published novel, Lifetime Loser, was published two years ago. In this book, I share the story of J.W. "J Dub" Schroeder, a man who comes within one swing of realizing his dream to participate in the PGA Tour. Instead of fulfilling this lifelong promise to himself, J Dub falls short in the qualifying tournament and must determine a new path for his life.

Eventually, J Dub settles into his role as the manager of Prairie Winds Golf Course and develop a cast of co-workers and friends who come to rely on him for advice and common sense. By his side every step of the way is his wife Marcia. She offers much-needed support and perhaps a swift motivating kick when needed. When Marcia gives birth to their daughter, J Dub's reasons to readjust his plans and strive for success become even more important.

J Dub faced a real crisis in his life and, even though he went through a period of disappointment, he managed to persevere and come out the other side with a strong family and career. Why?

Here are a few things working in J Dub's favor:

1. He has a supportive family, including his wife and his brother Curt, who we get to know better in my second book, Finish Line.

2. He looks for the best in people. A positive attitude goes a long way in reaching your goals and building the relationship that will help you achieve them.

3. He doesn't get drawn into the quick fix. Throughout the pages of Lifetime Loser, J Dub is introduced to some shady people who propose get-rich-quick schemes. J Dub is able to see through their slick marketing (sometimes not as quickly as he should) and steers clear of a decision that could land him in a lot of trouble.

Have you been able to get through a crisis point in your life and come out better on the other side? What reasons do you give for this successful outcome?

Have you ever changed the greatest negative in your life into a life-changing positive event? Please share your experience.

1 comment:

L.E.E. Design said...

Such wonderful, live pondering thoughts. Thank you for opening such a great window to help us better our lives. Jess