Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
If you have a heartbeat, there’s still time for your dreams. Unknown
When we roll over when the alarm rings, we’ve already started our day off on the wrong foot. Do we ever feel we’ve caught up when we don’t get up on time? Any excuse will do, it’s too dark, the TV was on too late, laughter from somewhere was too loud.
No matter whom else I may want to blame, the blame ends with me. I didn’t do what I knew I should do. The extra minutes or hour didn’t give me what those extra minutes or that extra hour would have given me to get myself started and fit in my morning routine.
Our life can be just like my morning. We didn’t get to this or that because… It doesn’t matter what our because is, sooner or later we have to accept the fact we didn’t want something bad enough to make a plan, to create a habit, or to do the work to make it happen.
Sometimes we do part of the work and then it stalls. We may need to dig deep to have the courage for the next step. Maybe the next step will cost us time, money, or put our self and our abilities on the line. People will be able to judge our work.
We read of artists who got up the courage to perform in front of people who said don’t quit your day job, you’ll never make it as a… Some of them quit, but some of them went on to become big stars. What is the difference between those who listen when they are told you can’t sing, write, dance, start a business, play a sport, make it in university and those who say I’ll show you?
I’ve never been one of the “I’ll show you types,” but I’ve also never had anyone tell me I couldn’t do whatever.
Good things happen when you start taking small steps toward your dreams. Unknown
This blog came about because of encouragement from my son, “every writer should have a blog.”
“Every novel should have an editor.” It is hard for me to come up with the money to have someone critique my work. I’ve waffled, I’ll edit it as well as I can I tell myself before I pay an editor. I’ve given a date to my son when I hope to publish. There I’ve used that word hope – am I waffling?
My son tells me just put it out there and write the next one. Quit wasting so much time on editing, and editing again.
It took me a long time to send out my novel to a cousin who says she’ll read it. I value her feedback, what she thinks is important to me.
It is easy to let days and weeks slip by without working on our dreams. They often cost money, and that is where we stumble. If we are going to invest in our dream what else is not being invested in?
We often know what the next step is, but we hesitate to take it. Are we more content thinking what might have been, than actually knowing? Is doubt killing our dreams?
If we don’t risk failure we don’t risk success. We must decide we will take the chance to fail often, fail bigger. We can’t expect to achieve our goals if we aren’t willing to put ourselves on the line, mere hope is not a plan. At some point, we must put ourselves out there to sink or swim, and as we do it, again and again, we get okay with winning some and losing some.
If we put enough out there some of it will stick. If we only think we can do one thing it has to be so good that we hesitate, waffle and don’t execute.
We make our dreams come true by doing, not dreaming about doing. What can we do today to move closer to what we want?
Be a fearless person. Do not hesitate to chase after the things that set your soul on fire. Unknown
Put all your excuses aside and remember that you are capable. Zig Zigler
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Suzy Kassem
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