In and out of comfort zones

I just finished writing a book entitled The Sound of Honor.
This is my 16th book and is a total departure from all the others. I have written business books about my own success and that of others. I have written an autobiography sharing how I got from there to here. And I have written a number of novels including the worldwide best seller The Ultimate Gift made into a motion picture by 20th Century Fox.
All of my books are special to me in one way or another. They each have one thing in common: all contain a message.
People who have written about me observe that I do a number of things in my business life and make assumptions. They know that I’m the founder and president of the Narrative Television Network, so I’m in the TV business. They know I have written these weekly columns for over a decade, so I’m a columnist. They know I have written a number of books, so I’m an author. They know I give a number of arena or convention speeches, so I’m a speaker. They know I have made one movie with others currently in development, so I am a producer.
I am not in the TV, column, book, speech, or movie business. I am in the message business.
When I remember that and stay committed to my mission, I succeed beyond my wildest dreams. When I get away from that, I become frustrated, and everything grinds to a halt.
When I could read with my eyes as you are reading this column in a newspaper, magazine, or online publication, I’m embarrassed to admit I never read a whole book, cover to cover.
After losing my sight at age 29 and finding the National Library for the Blind, I have literally read a book every day for over 20 years due to a high speed tape player that allows me to listen to a book very quickly.
In The Sound of Honor, I introduce a new character named Jacob Dyer.
Jacob is a blind detective who helps people find that which they have lost.
This is the first book in what will become a series of stories featuring Jacob Dyer. The initial reviews have been wonderful and humbling. The Sound of Honor and the future books in the series are already being considered for movies and a TV series.
Before those of you who have been loyal readers of my columns and books determine I have finally lost what was left of my mind, you must know Jacob Dyer, in The Sound of Honor, lives his personal and professional life with a message.
The message is not as blatant nor as direct as in my other books, but I am hopeful it will bring a new audience to my message through the books, TV series, and movies that come out of The Sound of Honor.
It took me many steps along a road of commitment to find my comfort zone and one giant leap to get out of it. As with each of my other endeavors, I will leave it to the readers to find the message and determine what it means to them.
As you go through your day today, seek the constant security that comes from knowing your comfort zone and the elation and promise that comes from stepping out of it.
Today’s the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082, or by e-mail

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