This proverb is a solid reminder that every day our lives are filled with opportunity. In some ways it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday – even when yesterday’s events have left a dent in our lives. Opportunity is what it is… a moment in time when we can change our minds and/or our direction, and choose something more, less, or different for the future. Gratefully, it also means we can make mistakes and still have hopes for the future.
As soon as we start increasing our aware of how many moments and choices are available to us, it becomes easier to recognize moments when we can make choices in favor of our passions, talents, and dreams.
Most of us are used to hearing, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” But the reality is that time passes whether we’re happy, sad, or indifferent. Now that 2015 is drawing to a close, each of us is being presented with the opportunity to take some time to think about ways we might be able to better support our goals, dreams, and desires in the upcoming year.
Don’t think of this as an exercise in making a new year’s resolution (simply because you can do this at any time of the year). Think of it as an opportunity to come up with some ideas for kicking your pursuits up another notch. Each step you take is leading you somewhere anyway, why not point your steps in the direction of your dreams!
My motto is: Inspiration is for amateurs! It was said by an artist named Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close. His whole point was that the work we do from day-to-day to reach our destination may not always be exciting, but sitting around waiting for our dreams to fall into our lap isn’t likely to accomplish anything. Edison made a similar observation: "Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration."
So….…. What’s your motto for this coming year? If you don’t have one, go online and find one that resonates with you. Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it and read it daily. Then, get to work.
Hopefully, one of your goals for this coming year is writing your book! I'm available to answer any questions you may have about the process, to help you come up with a plan, and to help you stay on track once you get started.