Don’t Give Up…GIVE it UP! by @dancinmoma

Don't Give Up ©Pamela McCormick 2014
Don’t Give Up
©Pamela McCormick 2014

by Pamela McCormick | Featured Contributor

In my house, during this pre-spring period, we have three “McCormick Mantras.”  These simple phrases are simple in concept, yet pack enormous power in action.

—We “Give Up” things for Lent.

—We “Go Green” on St. Patrick’s Day.

—We “Step it Up” (and maybe dance a jig or two).

Each of these powerful phrases can be applied to our business life or project on which we are working. They can help move us ahead of the competition, learn more about our customers, and guide our employees to a happier place.


Every so often I have this negative inner voice that challenges me before starting a big project. It tries to convince me that I’m not good enough, that I will fail or a number of other bad things will happen. I say, give it up. Don’t let fear; procrastination and other negative attributes take down you or your business.

Fear of Success? Give it up.

Negative Self Talk? Give it up.

What Others Think? Give it up.

As I get older, I have figured out a way to turn the volume down on that “negative ninny” and tune in to the “positive Pam”, the voice of my inner cheerleader or coach. I give up negativity. It’s all about the power of direction; it’s the opportunity to channel positive energy and pump it into my life and business.


Yes, during the St. Patrick’s Day season, we wear green and celebrate our Irish Heritage, Yes; we may even drink a pint or two. We sway to the music arm in arm; we share Irish Blessings and a limerick or two and we DANCE. (Well at least I do).  These are all fun green activities to join in and work well within a team environment.  However, when applied to business, “Go Green” is about saving energy, removing the clutter, and creating a clear path to your goals. Clutter is all around, stop letting it pile up, be resourceful. Get the clipper out and trim the superfluous items that are blocking your vision.

Go Green.

Recycle an old idea with a modern twist; Reuse a product you already have and dress it up or trim it down. Reinvent your business, your book, your life.


The words speak for themselves. Keep moving. Keep moving faster…and faster.  Are you at a standstill with a writing project or a business deal?

Step it up!

You can do it! Moments of solitude or feelings of disappointment can be used as way to regroup and recharge. They give you a moment to catch your breath so that you can eventually come out on top. So…

Step it up!

See that light of success.  It’s there for the taking, but only if you get up and move toward it. If your business has been stagnant, try something new. Brainstorm. The world is full of new and newer ideas used in clever ways.  Repeat this “Mantra.”

Don’t Give Up…GIVE it UP!!


Pamela McCormick, Creativity Promoter/Inspiration Generator

Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 11.00.22 AM Pam is a creative consultant, writer, editor and dance teacher/choreographer. In addition to the joys of being a Mom of three,  ages 14, 10, and 3, she has first-hand experience in the business of family and the opportunities of working women, as well as more than 10 years as a business executive in product development/creative coordination.

Pam, a Communications/Journalism graduate of Michigan State University, is also Managing Member and Creative Director of Creative Digital Ink, LLC, a Traverse City, Michigan-based consultancy. Creative development, copywriting, editing, marketing, photo shoot/project management and sales presentation speaking skills are all in her “dance bag” of tricks. With her varied background of business, leadership, motherhood and teaching, she has learned to “leap” through it all.

Pam is dedicated to social media and still encourages her inner child to jump for joy in the many “shoes” she wears. Working with adults and students of all ages, she understands well the transformative power of relationships, the impressive value of networking and how a simple hello can change your world. Pam is an eternal optimist determined to help you transform the chaos of your daily life into an enthusiastic “DANCE.” Pam’s inspirational blog can be viewed at

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