Monday, October 15, 2012
Reach Your Dreams
1. Write down your goals. Whether you hang them on your bathroom mirror or you hide them away in your journal in your nightstand, there is power in writing things down.
2. Make sure the steps you take are moving you toward the summit, not further away from it. My dream is to write novels. When I took a job as a newspaper reporter, I enjoyed it because I love writing. But I soon learned that if I wrote all day in my day job, I didn’t have the creative energy to pursue my own writing during my off time. When I left that job, I found a job in marketing that leaves me enough energy to follow my dreams. Make sure you’re not getting off the path of your dream.
3. Tell someone about your dream. You don’t have to tell everyone you know. Many people didn’t know I wrote in my spare time until I had a book published. But it’s important to tell a few people you trust. Choose these people carefully, and make sure they’re going to be supportive and drown out anyone who tells you you can’t do it.
4. Find a group of like-minded people. I have a wonderful group of local writers and writing friends from all over the country who have the same passion I do. No matter how much your family supports you, no one can understand the path you’re on like others traveling the same road. Today with all kinds of online groups, email loops, and communities, there are more ways to connect with others who share your dream.
5. Do the work and give the rest to God. Don’t fear failure. Ultimately He is in charge. The key is to show up, strive to do excellent work, and trust God to take care of the rest.
What's your dream? What steps are you taking to reach it?
On another note, I got a little blog and website makeover from Jason Walker this weekend. If you’re looking for a great web designer, check out the Website Ministries site.