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'Inspiration For You' with Randy Mitchell
Originally posted on 09/09/2017

The Devil Hates Success

Ever had a big dream, huge aspirations to do something truly great, wanted to be “somebody” who is far out of the realm of your personal comfort zone, desired to leave your mark on the world for history to exhibit your legacy?

We all have them, deep inside, those hopes and dreams churning within. It’s great when we begin taking action: writing your first novel, blindly flying off to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, working hard for that next promotion, even going after the relationship you’ve always craved. We have but one life to live and should pursue what we truly want; whatever that is personally, but here’s the thing: the higher you go and closer you get to your destiny the more forces will come against you. The more obstacles and hurdles you’ll have to clear. At this point, there’s a choice you must make: Plunge ahead like a surging locomotive or let negative forces talk you out of what you really want.

Big dreams come with big problems. Average people have average problems, but outstanding people have much greater bridges to cross. Nothing comes free and rarely does success arrive without paying a price. But, if you really want what your heart desires you must be willing to fight thru those impending battles.

Have you ever noticed the second you start becoming successful how quickly negativity clouds begin forming? How voices appear telling you it can’t be done, that you don’t have the talent, the looks, the personality, the time, the patience, the connections, the drive or the passion. And inevitably, some of those claiming to be your friends and supporters suddenly find reasons to keep you down, to stay at their level, to ignore your efforts; even try talking you out of what you want to accomplish. Have you ever noticed how much pettiness, jealousy, even disrespect appears once you draw closer to your goals?

Here’s a key to getting ahead: Focus on your ambitions rather than allowing anything, or anyone to alter your course. Don’t ever listen to the reasons why you can’t do something, only listen to the one who says you can do something, YOU! Ignore your critics but pay attention to those willing to help you. When you have a true vision and believe in your talents, the right people at the right time will miraculously arrive, bringing things into reality.

Many of you reading my articles are writers, you have visions of becoming published and having your books placed on shelves where they can be bought, read and passed along to others. It’s a great thing to pursue and is wonderful when it happens—personally, it took over three years and lots of querying before my first novel finally went to print with a traditional publisher. Did I have lots of voices and opposition along the way? Absolutely. Did I care? I wouldn’t be human if I said I didn’t. Did I learn to shake them off and keep going after what I wanted? Absolutely.

No matter what great things you’re striving for, don’t ever talk yourself out of it. And even if your dreams come to pass the negativity will be right behind, chomping at your heels, just waiting for you to fail. The devil hates success; he curses your willingness to rise higher and wants you to stay right where you are. Don’t listen to him and don’t allow yourself to give in to the lie.

One of the best ways of attaining what you want is to surround yourself with positive people; those who genuinely have your best interests at heart. You may have friends and family members who’ve said how much they want the best for you, and how you should, “Go for It!” when pursuing your dreams. Yet, when things start coming together, suddenly and miraculously, their positivity begins dwindling; the best thing to do is either minimize your time or dismiss them altogether. After all, some people come into our lives for merely a season; they’re simply not meant for the long term.

Risk for reward and fear are also worth mentioning. If you’re not willing to swim in deep waters, then don’t expect to navigate the journey. If you’re afraid of “what could happen,” then your allowing past issues and personal hang-ups to ruin your future--a future better than you could ever imagine if you would simply let go of the shackles holding you back.

My wish is for anyone willing to dig deep and put in the work for them to be rewarded. I want successful people everywhere, making our society much more positive. And positivity breeds success.

To visit Randy Mitchell's website, go to www.theinspirationalwriter.com

To read sample chapters, or to purchase his inspirational romance novel, SONS IN THE CLOUDS go to Amazon.

Meet the Author:

Randy Mitchell

Inspirational Writer & Author of

 “Sons In The Clouds”

As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.

A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.

My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, “Sons In The Clouds. My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War. 

Sons In The Clouds” exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong.  I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.

My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.

Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.

Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. “Sons In the Clouds” is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.

To purchase your copy, go to Amazon

For media inquiries about Randy Mitchell and “Sons In The Clouds”, please visit www.theinspirationalwriter.com or email Mitchellrandy1@msn.com. 

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