Friday, March 10, 2017

Best of the Archives: What Have You Done Today To Make Your Dream Come True?

This quote comes from astronaut Alan Bean, and was applied to writing by author Karen King.

A Speedbo day 6 welcome to our 121 Speedbo writers and our many cheerleaders! It's not too late to join. See our competitors and our prizes here.

 Today's post is secretly habit #3 of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers based on Steven R. Covey's book

  Here are habits #1 and #2 if you missed them.

"If habit one says you are the programmer (you get to choose if you will act or react), then habit two says write the program (the program or mission statement for your writing life), habit three is where you run the program by putting first things first. The opposite of putting first things first is to put second, or third or fourth things first."

- Steven R. Covey.

 The problem for most of us is that we have not identified what matters most. As a practical exercise, right now, i list the top five most important things in your life not in any particular order.

Here are some examples to choose from, but feel free to create your own list:

1. God
2. Family
3. Community service
4. Writing
5. Pursuit of education
6. Career/Job
7. Health
8. Money
9. Retirement planning 
10. Church activities
11. Personal development

Now prioritize your list of five with #1 being the most important.  You don't need to prioritize in the comments unless you are comfortable doing this.

Got your list of five?

Now ask yourself where on this list does my writing fall?

 According to where you prioritize writing on your list should determine the amount of importance that you give your writing. Now consider your activities from the last week.  Are you prioritizing your life around what you SAY are important to you? Are you pursuing your writing dream according to where it is on your list or do things NOT EVEN ON YOUR LIST come before your writing?

Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management. If you want to achieve your writing dreams you must have these three essentials of self-management:

1. Self-discipline

2. Integrity (walk the talk)

3. Commitment

And what goes hand in hand with the three essentials of self-management listed above?  

1. Determining what you can delegate.

2.Cultivating the word 'no.'

3. Learning how to let go. (Just let it go.)

 This is a very simple message. It really doesn't get any simpler.

This often quoted NY Times Op piece is fifteen years old and says that eighty percent of Americans want to write a book. I dare to say that probably most of those eighty percent want to have written a book.

Many of our Speedbo writers will write a book in a month. They will beat the odds. They will have written.

But let me tell you the truth about Speedbo. It's not actually all about writing a book in a month. Speedbo is about making time for your dreams. For thirty-one days you get to prove to yourself that in an ordinary person's  crazy, busy, insane daily schedule, there is room to do one thing during each of those days to make your writing dreams come true. 

Now go ahead and share the quote above (copy and paste) on your social media site to tell the world about it.  By the way, we're proud of you!

This post first appeared in Seekerville March 6, 2015. Comments are closed today so we can meet our reading and writing goals. 

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