Guest Post Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy


I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for non-fiction inspirational memoir “Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy”. Enjoy.

Saying “No” Without Guilt

By Gladys Simmons Carson

Author of Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy

Do you ever agree to perform a task for which you have neither the time nor the desire to do, simply because you can’t say “no?” Whenever some important assignment needs to be finished and nobody else will do it, you further neglect your already-neglected self, and take care of it.

Then you tell yourself: “This is the last time. From this point on, I am going to follow Nancy Reagan’s advice, and ‘just say no.'” So you rehearse your response in advance of any unreasonable request. Now you are satisfied with your state of readiness. “No! No! That’s what I’ll tell them the next time—simply no!”

But then the “next time” comes. Only, now you are prepared. You are all set to recite your refusal when it happens again. Your palms begin to sweat, your mouth gets dry, your brain sits down, and your will abandons you. You can hardly believe what you hear coming from your lips: “Okay, I’ll do it, but this is the last time—for real.”

If you can relate to this scenario, you need to learn how to say “no” without guilt. Understand that some people wield guilt like a weapon. And when they decide to take advantage of someone who cannot say “no,” guilt is their weapon of choice.

About The Book

BookCover-TriumphABattlePlanforJoy-JPGTitle: Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy

Author: Gladys Simmons Carson

Genre: Inspirational Memoir

When medical malpractice takes the life of her mother and the offense is dismissed as an unfortunate mistake, it rips a hole in seven-year-old Gladys’ heart and ignites fire in her anger. This act of gross negligence strips her of the joyful delight that has characterized her existence. Before she can grasp the full meaning of her loss, fate takes her on a journey through a series of harsh realities, including devastating child abuse, demeaning segregation and destructive thinking. These unsavory enemies assault her on all fronts, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. But the child warrior uses youthful wisdom to triumph over the effects of them all. Her prize is a resurgence of bountiful joy. You may laugh or cry, but you will definitely cheer for the child warrior in TRIUMPH! A BATTLE PLAN FOR JOY.

Author Bio

GladysCarsonPhoto-JPGGladys Simmons Carson is an inspirational speaker and author of the much-talked-about memoir, “Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy. For more than 45 years she has challenged and encouraged audiences with her message of assurance. Now in her debut book she gives insight into how we too can choose joy despite our circumstances.

Her passion for writing stems from an early introduction to the written word. By age three she was reading her older siblings’ school books. By age four she was introduced to her first novel, Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” This early exposure gave birth to a love affair with books and a fascination for writing. By the time she reached adult status, she had evolved into a natural encourager with a wealth of information to share, and a zeal for sharing.


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