OMG. <ROTFL> On the weekend, I’d posted “Dreaming the Impossible Dream”. Given that this blog is dedicated to writing/editing and my own fiction endeavors—like The Triple Threat Investigation Agency series—I’d meant to tie it in with writing . . . how we, as writers, have dreams, be it to become a household name, make money, experience fame, or entertain readers.
I got sidetracked but, as an author, I go where the keyboard and/or pen takes me.
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
– Oscar Wilde (poet and playwright)
I’ve had many dreams over the decades, but there’s only one that’s followed me throughout—to be a writer. I’ll admit I’ve always wanted to make money as one, not by the truckload, but enough to be able to write full-time, live in a decent condo, pay bills, and retire without worry. And I’ll also acknowledge that it’s still a dream today—an aspiration.
As an FYI, a dream is something you wish were true or something you want, yearn for. An aspiration, like a goal is something you’re determined to undertake, tackle, attain.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis (writer and lay theologian)
How does one make a dream come true? Having one to strive for helps. Decide what yours is. Really focus; ensure it’s well-defined and doable (sure, becoming a billionaire may happen, bu-ut). Believe in it; there’s no waffling; no doubt. Trust it’s yours to be had, that it’s achievable.
“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
– Tom Bradley (American politician and former police officer)
The “Law of Attraction”, creative visualization techniques, and umpteen sites will advise something to the effect of:
Ask. Believe. Achieve.
Sold! Who can argue with simple easy-to-follow logic like that? When it came out, I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Fabulous food for thought and practice. Basically, whatever you think and feel will affect what you attract into your life—so maintain positive thoughts and feelings, and you’ll receive positive things.
<ROTFL again> I digress. Again. Back to being a writer with a dream. Once you’ve defined it, believe in it. Release fear and worry, and determine (record/list) how you can make it happen. Look at others who have attained what you’d like to; see how they accomplished it and decide what similar action(s) you can undertake.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman (abolitionist and political activist)
Understand that it will, with effort and action, take time for the dream to become reality. Recognize that you may err or experience a setback. That’s okay. It’s not a true setback; it’s a lesson learned.
Learning is a very good thing.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
– Anatole France (poet, journalist, novelist)