Thursday, November 22, 2012

What Is Your Dream? by DL Larson

Happy Thanksgiving America!

The turkey is cooking in the roaster, filling the house with tantalizing, take a deep breath, aroma.  We're having dinner at our church today ... we're providing the turkey.  Tomorrow the family will fill our house with their lively banter and the table will overflow with yummy things to eat.  It will be a great weekend of family and friend fellowship. 

I encourage you to take a moment to appreciate all the many blessings you have, and then take another step beyond to think about your future.  What is your dream?  What do you want most?  I've always wanted to be a published author.  And I am, but I also need to expand that dream.   Perhaps you need to expand yours too.

In such trying times it's easy to focus on the immediate problems of the day, and our dreams, although precious, tend to slip to the back of our minds.  They become neglected and turn into a "someday" goal or even a wish-like symmetry.  If you're serious about fulfilling your dream ... don't allow that to happen.  Stay focused.  Keep your dream alive.  Think about what you want to accomplish - every day.  Make the necessary changes to find time to do something to reach your goal.  I've spent much of my adult life working on being an author, have had encouragement from my family and friends, but my goal still ends up slipping off my "To Do" list.  When my kids were younger I wrote every day, faithfully.  Now that I'm a grandma I thought I would have more time and yet the opposite is true.  There are more people in my life that I want to spend time with and I struggle with keeping up on my writing.  I never had that problem before.  I hate to say age is a factor, but it probably is. 

It takes strategy to accomplish any goal.  Keep that in mind as you work toward fulfilling your writing goals. What will it take to complete part one of your goal, then part two and so on.  Devise a plan.  Anything worthwhile doing is never easy and takes great amounts of effort to achieve.  Someone famous said that - sorry I can't remember who! 

I am in the process of revising my priorities in order to keep my dream in focus.  It won't be easy, I know I'm a stubborn subject who does not enjoy change.  But if I want to reach my goal I have to change my attitude of "someday" to "today!" 

How about you?  What do you need to do to keep your dream alive? 

I'm thinking of using the "carrot on the stick" theory!  I love rewarding myself.  Silly but effective.
Good luck reaching your goals.

Blessings America ~

Til next time ~

DL Larson


Debra St. John said...

I definitely need to prioritize to make my goals. The problem I run into is that other things tend to take priority over writing: like my full-time job...which I love, but doesn't leave me a whole lot of time for writing. So for now, I tend to do a lot of 'someday' thinking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sean McLachlan said...

Just keep on writing! Persistence, persistence, persistence. . .that's the key.

Deb Larson said...

Sean you're absolutely right! And Deb, I understand completely - the job that brings in the $$$ tends to be the one we give most of our time to.
It's a balancing act ~
Thanks for stopping by!
DL Larson

Morgan Mandel said...

Debra, you're lucky you like your day job. I got tired of mine very fast, but never changed it until forced to do so. Now, I'm retired, but spending more time on writing and promoting than I ever did in my day job! This time it's for me, not someone else!

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

Morgan: I envy you - I wish I was brave enough to simply step away from the day job. I'm thinking of cutting back my hours - guess it will be a little bit at a time until I can let go!