Define your vision. ACT. Reach your goals | Your Writing Journey

(guest post from Becky Flansburg)

\”One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. \”Which road do I take?\” she asked. \”Where do you want to go?\” was his response. \”I don\’t know,\” Alice answered. \”Then,\” said the cat, \”it doesn\’t matter.\”
– Lewis Carroll

\”Define your goals\” could be considered to be one of the more \”over-used\” directives of today\’s motivational gurus. I can picture a few of them in my head right now, pumping their fist to the sky and squawking. \”Define your vision! Take action! Reach your goals!\”

What\’s really annoying is that THEY ARE RIGHT.

It\’s not misleading or untrue to tell people that they need to identify a direction. A ship can\’t leave the harbor unless it knows it\’s destination, right? People are no different. It\’s just easier to yap about it than actually do it.

Let\’s say you want to buy old houses and fix them up (house flipping) …FABULOUS.  Talking is one thing, doing is quite another. So if you truly want to make this goal a reality, quit talking about it, form a plan and work the plan. Work it like any other project you have ever had. Your plan can be as simple as buying a new carpentry tool a month to as complex as taking a real estate course so you understand the lingo and the industry. The bottom line is, move forward. Even if it\’s a millimeter a day…at least it\’s forward towards your goal. 

\”Define your vision. ACT. Reach your goals.\”

I\’ve always wanted to write a children\’s book. Even though I\’d been working in the children\’s book publishing and marketing arena for five years, I had zero inspiration on what to write. That is, until one day it just came to me like a flood. My topic, character, concept, and story poured out of me like a burst dam. I could visualize the book in my head, but I also knew I needed help. I quickly phoned a non-author friend, we teamed up and our little picture book will be \”born\” in the fall of 2018 thanks to Audrey Press. If I would have stopped at just \”dreaming\”…I would be nowhere published. If I had not asked for help from my co-author (she was integral in making the story authentic) or from my beloved friend and client, Valarie Budayr (owner of Audrey Press) I would still be day-dreaming about my \”someday.\”

\”Define your vision. ACT. Reach your goals.\”

A wise woman made a comment to me once (I think it was my mom) about 5 years ago when I was whining lamenting how my life was less than I desired.

Her advice; “Next year you will be 41. You can be 41 and be moving towards a dream. Or 41 and still living the same unsatisfying life. The bottom line is either way, you\’ll be 41. You make the choice which scenario you want.”

Mom is always right, isn\’t she? 😉

Us human folk don\’t have a “reset” buttons. You can\’t hit 40 and think, \”oh crap, I forgot to do something when I was 38\” and go back and do it. NOPE. It doesn\’t work like that. Make a plan, and activate your plan. Maybe it\’s writing a book. Maybe it\’s finding a new illustrator. Maybe it\’s just carving out a few hours a day to write. Unless you start, those goals will sit on a shelf and be dusty and forgotten.

\”Define your vision. ACT. Reach your goals.\”

Whether you are 20, 30, 40, or 90, and you have an internal voice that is saying “more, more, MORE!” You need to honor that voice and head in the directions of your dreams.

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You got this.

\Becky is the Chief of Creative Operations and Head Elf at AudreyPress.com and JumpIntoaBook.com.  She is a veteran blogger, freelance writer, virtual assistant and project manager for the non-profit children’s literacy event, Multicultural Children’s Book Day. She is also a proud mom to her amazing 12-year-old daughter Sara and 15-year-old son Jake. Parenting a tween and a teen is a challenge, but she truly believes that being a mom is the Best.Thing.Ever. When she is not hiking (#plussizehiker), reading, selling on eBay, playing with her pets or working on a story for the various magazines she writes for, you can find her on her main blog, Franticmommy.   Connect with Becky on social media: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook!

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