Please welcome the glorious Clifton Pettyjohn to the StudioBlog. We’ll be getting to know him and learning more about his book, From Stagnation to Transformation. It sounds brilliant, soooo, off we go!

Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?

Clifton: I’m an Arnold Palmer guy unless there is a Sobe strawberry daiquiri available.


Studioenp: Yummy! Great for drinking while sitting in the garden in summer. Which season do you like best and why?

Clifton: I’m a spring weather guy. Mainly because spring weather is just right for walking. Walking tends to take me to my dimension of creativity.


Studioenp: Yes, it definitely clears the head and brings a sense of well-being, doesn’t it? What’s your fondest childhood memory?

Clifton: The day my childhood hero, or should I say shero (my mother), graduated from college. My mother was many things to many people; however, to me she was an example of hard work, determination, and perseverance.


Studioenp: Aww, that’s wonderful that she’s your shero! Do you have a best friend—who is it?

Clifton: Well, my therapist was my best friend until I came to the realization that he was only listening to me vent because that was his job LOL. But seriously, my notebook and a pen serve as my best friends.


Studioenp: Great best friends to have! Do you have any quirks?

Clifton: Do I??? LOL. 1: I’m addicted to Altoids. 2: I’m obsessed with personal hygiene. 3: I laugh at the most awkward moments. I probably could go on and on for days. I classify myself as weird (Wealthy | Enthusiastic | Innovative | Radical | Driven) person but it’s that weirdness that fuels my creativity.


Studioenp: Well then, weird is the best way to be! Post-It notes or notebook?

Clifton: Those who know me know I hate Post-It notes. I don’t know why but I do lol. I’ve had people play practical jokes on me by posting them all around my office and my bedroom, knowing just how much it would bother me. But as I stated earlier, a notebook is one of my best friends.


Studioenp: Ha! We shouldn’t laugh, but that was funny. What do you do to relax?

Clifton: I enjoy bowling, watching sports and HGTV. I also have a secret place I go to that only a couple are aware of.


Studioenp: Excellent! Perfect three-course meal?

Clifton: Appetizer: Mozzarella sticks. Entrees: Cedar grilled lemon chicken with French fries (Yes, I love fries, if I could eat them with every meal, I would). Dessert: Strawberry cake.


Studioenp: Oooh, that’s got the stomach rumbling. Yum! What type of music do you enjoy?

Clifton: I’m more of a lyrics guy. I will listen to any genre if there’s a message within the lyrics.


Studioenp: Yes, Em likes the lyrics, too. If they’re a load of waffle…no, thanks. Do you dance like no one’s watching?

Clifton: Only when no one is watching lol.


Studioenp: LOL! Thank you so much for being here. It’s been fun and a pleasure. It was great to get to know you a little. Good luck with your book, and we wish you all the best!

Dear readers, today’s offering is frangipane tarts along with chocolate muffins. Enjoy while you read the blurb and excerpt!

About Clifton:

Clifton Pettyjohn has served as an essential factor in both the religious and education cultures for well over sixteen years and recently he has added influence in the culture of business to his summation. With guided passion, he meshes personal life lessons with practical and biblical principles to teach, train, and transform groups of divergent individuals.



Blurb for From Stagnation to Transformation:

It is at the point where you are no longer ashamed or embarrassed by the key components of your process that purpose is released to freely express itself through you to your world and your sphere(s) of influence. What portions of your process have you empowered to hold you back?


From Stagnation to Transformation is Clifton Pettyjohn’s emancipation proclamation from years of torpidity. Stagnation is not merely the absence of productivity but rather it is the art of producing beneath your abilities or beneath the quality of production associated with the essence of your purpose.


Therefore, this book is not just for individuals in search of their purpose but also for those who are capable of cognitively expressing their purpose but lack the ability to generate the required amount of energy to consistently produce with purpose.


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Excerpt for From Stagnation to Transformation © Clifton Pettyjohn, 2017:


Romans 12:1 - 2 (VOICE) “Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship. 2 Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.”


Have you ever grown weary of contemplating and talking about what should have, could have, or was supposed to have happened, and what you should have started or accomplished at this point in your life? Maybe you’ve reached the state of, there must be more to life than this; I halt to assure you that there is indeed “more”. In reaching these defining moments frustration is introduced to our inward desire for a weightier purpose. Being found in this state or space of life presents not a problem, but rather countless opportunities. Misidentification of this presentation causes us to hinder our ability to consistently develop the skills or apply the skills necessary to progress beyond the state of stagnation. These stages are usually nurtured by unhealthy times of isolation and pity parties. I have learned to personalize my pity parties, I call them “Clif parties”; by replacing “pity” with my name it requires me to take ownership of my present state by giving it an identity. I would even go a little further to say, me having a “Clif party” and you having a “PLACE NAME HERE party” is not the rootstock of the problem. Understand, there is purpose within the party because it will cause you to face the truth of your lack of character development maturity. It was at this place that I realized transition was necessary and I decided to tackle this journey.

Today I extend a personal invitation to you, yes you, over the next 21 days we will embark on an adventure of great self-discovery and enlightenment that will be challenging and rewarding. I present the following question; are you up for the challenge? It is not a matter of ability that keeps you stagnate but rather your perception, approach, and your labeling of the challenges (opportunities) before you. Many of us have a negative perception of the words change, challenge and transformation. It is that negative outlook that causes us to psych ourselves out prior to beginning the process. The term “psyching oneself or someone out” means to mentally defeat oneself or another prior to the beginning of what you are about to face. This fact directs us back to today’s scripture which encourages us to be renewed and transformed from unproductive thoughts that lead to us constantly psyching ourselves out.


WELCOME TO THE JOURNEY, YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! Confess, believe, own it and watch it manifest in your life.




"From Stagnation to Transformation is an excellent tool to have. I was feeling stuck and stagnated which caused me to become depressed. I'm so grateful for this book that is giving me LIFE! If you haven't purchased your copy yet; please do so!"~ Keisha Brown


“I have been waiting for Mr. Pettyjohn to put to paper some of the knowledge and wisdom he has acquired over the years. He truly has done so in this book. If you remain stagnate while reading this book I can promise you it is because you choice to do so. The principles outlined in this book are practical yet powerful. I undoubtedly recommend this book and I look forward to more from this author.” ~ Thomas Smith


“I had become so distracted with being busy that I didn’t realize I wasn’t producing at the level of my purpose. That is my takeaway from Dr. Pettyjohn’s book; it called me back to purpose.” ~ Jennifer Robinson

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