Setting Myself Up for Success

I do a lot of traveling with my profession as an author, and this is my busiest season. I spent a lot of time praying about even applying to become one of Rob’s Big Losers because I knew I would be gone much of February and March. But I felt God’s clear call and so I left the decision as to whether or not I could do this in His hands.

Obviously He thinks I can.

But one thing I’ve learned in these three short weeks is that I’m either my biggest ally or my biggest enemy. As I get ready to head out this weekend for a conference, I decided to make certain I set myself up for success instead of failure.

Here’s what I’ve done:

  1. Made sure I’m prayed up. Ultimately my strength comes from God. So the foundation of my success rests on my relationship and connection to Him.
  2. Built in accountability. Doing this weight-loss thing here already carries a lot of accountability, but I’ve gone even further. I’ve let people who are going to be with me this weekend know what my goal is and what I have to do to stay on track.
  3. Rearranged my schedule. I don’t have a lot of flexibility with my time when I’m speaking at a conference, but I do have some. I can determine when I get up and when I go to bed. So I’ve found time to exercise and I’ve marked it on my notes.
  4. Invited some comrades. In addition to telling those around me what I’m doing, I’ve asked several to participate in exercise with me while I’m away.
  5. Enlisted a prayer team. In addition to praying myself, I’ve asked several others to be praying for me while I’m away. I’ve given them specific things to pray about:
    • the ability to resist temptation
    • the discipline to exercise even when I don’t feel like it
    • the blessing of good sleep

As I said above, I have the ability to act as a friend or foe on this weight loss journey. Today I’m making the deliberate choice to work for me and not against me.

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Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. In keeping up with the leading edge of al things digital, Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her first book, Social Media Marketing for Writers took less than a month to move into the best-seller category on Amazon. As a sought after writing instructor, her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. Edie is also the Social Media Coach for My Book Therapy. She’s a member of numerous professional writing organizations, including the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, The Christian Writer’s View I and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also a regular contributor on, a Writers Digest top 101 websites for writers, as well as a regular columnist in Southern Writers Magazine. Married 30+ years to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they have raised three sons.

2 thoughts on “Setting Myself Up for Success”

  1. You will do great and I love how you set yourself up for greatness and accomplishing your goals for this next week. I never thought about the giving specific things for people to pray about in that way. Have a great week, see you soon.

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