If all you do is tread water, you'll never reach the shallow end of the pool.
When you stop dreaming, decay sets up in your mind.
My ninety-year-old mother-in-law inspires me. I wrote a true story about how God uses her in old age. It is titled "Never Too Old." Union Gospel Press published it in their periodical, Christian Life, January, 2014. Here's a quote near the end of the story, " The fighting spirit that has overcome depression, poverty, the loss of husband and child and now illness and old age, rises up to seek the victory provided by Christ’s stripes."
Granny never quits. As I said in my article on another page of this site, Granny is the one who told me to "keep dreaming." The link to that story is http://www.janetkbrown.com/p/dream-on-writers.html
Granny set a new goal.
|My new pillows from Granny|
In the Divine Dining Weight Controller class at my church, goals are important to lose weight. For me and others who maintain their weight loss, our dreams might include being at a certain weight after vacation or a holiday, or it might be to call someone to encourage their weight loss.
Whatever we do, goals drive our success.
The Bible reminds us of that.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Writers need to know something about the end of the book to ever reach it. An outline, even though loosely woven or thought-out keeps us on target.
On the last book contract I signed, I agreed to make out a marketing plan and send it to them. Why did they require this? Because if I have no idea how I might promote the book, it might remain unknown.
Goals must be specific.
Don't say, "I will write a book."
Say, "Tomorrow morning, I will start writing words on the page and keep writing until noon."
Don't say, "I want to lose weight."
Say, "I will eat more fruits and vegetables, leave off white sugar, and lose five pounds before this date next month.
Goals must be written.
If we say our goal and write our goal, our senses absorb it in two ways. Written becomes reality. Written is a measurable reminder. Written is harder to forget.
Goals must be forgivable.
If we determine to lose five pounds, but only lose 3 1/2, we must not run ourselves down, but we should rejoice in our victory.
Never quit dreaming.
You're never too old.
You're never too sick unless you're unconscious.
Life might delay you, but never let it stop you.
If you do, don't tell my mother-in-law.
What's your dream?