After years of trying, I hadn’t
achieved any of my dreams. I didn’t know how to turn a dream into a
goal. I had to get educated. But at my age? I’d been raising kids and
working to feed them, while other women went to college and blossomed
into their true callings. My calling felt foreign after ignoring it for
so long. Was it a mirage? When could I call myself a real writer?
Confidence wasn’t exactly in my vocabulary.
I decided to attend a writer’s
meeting. At the door, my resolve almost melted. I didn’t want to be
embarrassed among people who knew the craft while I knew nothing.
People with college degrees to my onecommunity
college creative writing class.
Desire overcame fear when I
asked myself, “Would I be happy to die never trying?” I pictured myself
in old age, looking back, eyes wrought with regret. The fear of failure
lessened in the aged face of regret. The goal outweighed the fear. I
walked in . . .
I needed a holistic
view of my career as a part of my future, but I didn’t know how to get
where I wanted to go.
The word holistic
hit me full force. POP! Fireworks blazed. I had to
stop making it about achieving the goal and make it about creating a
fulfilled lifestyle. This fulfillment had to incorporate my whole life
to be sustainable. I learned about my likes, dislikes, sleep cycles,
and biorhythms for optimum productivity. I learned about my talents,
strengths, and the writing industry. I found other writers to watch and
learn from as mentors. And I gained confidence with each new step
toward my career goals.
Today I’ve been blessed to
publish numerable freelance articles, nonfiction and fiction books, and
to speak nationwide. Now I coach other writers toward their dreams. God
had a plan for my career, and He does for yours too. Think about such
How do you translate a
dream into an attainable goal?
In business, problem solving starts at the end and works backward. If
disaster occurs, start at the disaster and trace the steps back to
where the problem began. Holes in communication or the breakdown in
procedures are more visible. It’s a great practice for goal setting,
Work from the farthest date and
note deadlines in reverse to create a steady and consistent schedule
with each goal. Write on your planning calendar when these smaller
goals need to be completed and constantly review how you’re doing in
following your plan.
Living a holistic, fulfilled
life and reaching goals become a part of that life organically.
Confidence is not natural. It’s built intentionally, one degree at a
time, by keeping the lovely dream in mind. Every small success is a
foundational brick in a confidence mansion.
Recipe for a Holistic,
1. Think on the goal. Let it grow noble and lovely and bigger than the
2. Be willing to learn what you need to reach your goal.
3. Change must be integrated holistically into your life.
4. Change one degree (one thing) at a time for long-term success.
5. Be consistent by breaking down goals into small steps and schedule
6. Talk about plans and goals.
7. Allow questions about progress to create natural accountability with
people who care.