Monday, July 3, 2017

Daring to Dream Big

I'll let you in on a secret. I have more blog post ideas than I could possibly write. However, most of the time I wait for divine inspiration. That means that I get slapped in the face several times about a particular topic. That holds true today. 



I was chatting with someone about goals and she mentioned overreaching and underachieving. Then we discussed the idea of playing it safe with smaller goals in the future. 

That conversation haunted me for days. Is it better to reach high and accomplish a few big things than to under reach and settle for many mediocre goals?

The next day, in my current WIP, the hero and heroine dared to challenge me with the same topic.

         “You’re supposed to dream big. Otherwise, what’s the point?" Travis turned to her and cocked his head. “What do you dream of?”
AJ frowned. “I don’t dream.”
He held open the passenger door of his pickup. “That can’t be. Everyone dreams of something.”
Staring out the window, she tried to remember when she stopped dreaming. Maybe when her father died. It was so long ago she didn’t even realize it happened and she wasn’t sure it mattered anymore.

But the truth is Villagers, it does matter.  And it's sad that many of us limit ourselves to one or two small dreams. 


What keeps most of us from dreaming big?

Fear. Not just ordinary fear. A fear deep down inside that we can't actually achieve our dreams. And if we put those dreams into words and dare to let anyone see them, we'll be humiliated when we fail. Which, by the way, we fully expect to. (For us writers, this is internal conflict at its purest.)

So we've boxed ourselves into a very small no-win world with tall fences called fear. How can we break those walls?


1. Prayer of course. Staying close enough to Him to hear the answer.

Dreams and hope are inexplicably tied together. 

Do you trust God enough to dream? If not when did you lose hope? When did you stop trusting Him to care about your dreams? To give you your dreams?

Isn't a dream a form of calling things that are not as though they were? (Romans 4:17)

The Bible stories of Abraham, David, Gideon, and Peter illustrate the lives of men who initially didn't see the calling on their lives. They also demonstrate the power of truly stepping out in the vision, the dream of who you are meant to be.

Now here's a challenge for you. What came first? God's calling or your dreams? If he placed a dream on your heart isn't that your calling? Your ministry?


2. Visualization. I have often mentioned Viktor Frankl, and if you have not read Man's Search for Meaning you should. Frankl, an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate shared this in his book,  "...everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

While in his prison cell, Frankl was able to mentally visualize himself elsewhere. 

Visualization is the key to our dreams. Don't throw away the key. Keep visualizing that dream until it happens. Never give up despite the circumstances. If writing is your dream and your calling, then start living the vision. If you aren't sure, then I suggest you get sure.




3.  Worse case scenario. When I am afraid, I consider the worse case scenario. The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff (Richard Carlson) approach.

Will the fact that I failed matter a week from now? A month from now? A year from now? 

No, it won't and no one really cares but me.

This is how I get back on my feet and keep dreaming. I dream and I dream big. What's the worst thing that can happen if I fail? I'll never know unless I dare to dream.


We're six months into this year. 184 days have passed and 181 are left. Did you dare to dream big those 184 days? If not, why not? What do you plan to do about it for the next 181 days? Next year, will you be in the same place, afraid to dare to dream?



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Tina Radcliffe lives in a cave in Arizona and dares to dream big. Her delightful new series about second chances, Big Heart Ranch, debuts in late December 2017 with Claiming Her Cowboy. Yes! You can preorder it here.

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  1. Tina, what a great post! This really spoke to me. I recently bought a new planner. One reason I chose it is because it includes places to fill in goals and dreams and to keep track of how you're doing each week or month in moving toward those goals. It also has areas to plan projects and includes a spot for you to write down where you've had successes (because I think we sometimes forget to remember the positives). I'm glad I bought the planner. I really need to get my dreams on paper and to make steps to achieve them.

    As for your question about what comes first... very interesting to think about!!I I think maybe God had a plan and gave me the desire (which developed into dreams) to lead me in the right direction.

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    1. And did you dare to dream big this year??

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    2. Oh, Missy, I love planners! I'm absolutely addicted to them (and journals). Please share the name of this planner. I'd love to look for it for next year. :)

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    3. Missy, is your planner the Power sherts from Cultivate What Matters? I recently stumbled upon those and wondered if it would help in achieving more of my goals.

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    4. Tina, I'm starting back slowly to dreaming. You've encouraged me to dream bigger.

      Rhonda and Sherrinda, the one I bought is the Panda Planner. I'm terrible imbedding links, but you can copy and paste this one to see it. It's also a gratitude journal!

      https://smile.amazon.com/Panda-Planner-Gratitude-Productivity-Management/dp/B013Z5Y70K/ref=sr_1_2?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1499095366&sr=1-2&keywords=Panda+planner

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    5. Thanks, Tina. I've tried over and over and never successfully put in a link.

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  2. I love this post.

    "Visualization is the key to our dreams. Don't throw away the key."

    The thing about being a writer is that you're going to have an active imagination. I used to let my imagination run along "worst-case scenario" lines. What would happen if I lost my family, lost my job, lost my house.

    These days, I harness my imagination, guiding it in the directions I want it to run. What would happen if I sold my current WIP? What would happen if it won the Carol and the RITA and the Pulitzer prize? (Oh, and the Nobel prize for Literature. Dream big.)

    My positive "what-if" scenarios may be as unlikely as my "worst-case" scenarios, but they're a lot more fun. And who knows -- they might come true :)

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    1. Once you get..OLD..you realize that the worst case scenario are all part of life and you will go on.

      The hard part is the best case scenario.

      I truly believe in visualizing all those steps as a writer. Visualize those incoming calls that you are a finalists. Visualize yourself in that seat in the audience and your name getting called.

      Why not? I like your attitude.

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    2. Evelyn, you are brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

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    3. Evelyn, I love this too. It's like psyching yourself up for passing a test. Or getting a mammogram. You "See" yourself on the other side.
      KB

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    4. Great idea, Evelyn. Think positive what-ifs, instead of negative ones. I like! :)

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  3. I contemplated Dream Big for my word(S) of the year, but Ginger Solomon was using it ;). Plus it didn't quite fit. I ended up with INFINITELY MORE. As in "Now to him to is able to do INFINITELY MORE than all we ask or imagine..." Eph. 3:20

    I dream very big. Sometimes too big. But definitely big. (Which reminds me I need to turn my word count dreams for the month into reality... :p.)

    ;)

    Great post, Tina!

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    1. Yay, you Carol. Big Dreamers get Big Results!

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    2. I even put the verse over a pic of the Milky Way and put it on a custom iPad cover ;). I love it! It may be my Two Words for life instead of just 2017 :D.

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  4. Oh, I love this so much!! I really needed to read it, especially the "worst case scenario" part.

    I'm very blessed to be a small fish in this very big pond because I can fail with relative impunity. I can explore, dream, try out new genres, be lazy, work too hard, etc. and I'm not going to read my name on the front page.

    Imagine!

    SLACKER EXTRAORDINAIRE CALLS HERSELF A WRITER or

    WRITER SPENDS THREE DAYS ON ONE SENTENCE
    or
    WRITER USES ELLIPSES ... AGAIN


    Such a great post, thank you!

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    1. I get it, Mary Jane, I really do. I live in Dan Brown Country (Coastal New Hampshire) and I would never want to be THAT big a name. Northern NH was the longtime home of J.D. Salinger and the locals protected him, telling reporters they had no idea where he lived. Except if they did that long enough, how did they know he was even there?
      This is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night.

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  5. hahahahaha! I love that. Yes. Excessive use of exclamation points starts Twitter frenzy. hahahahaha!

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    1. Right?? As a creative, I really enjoy being "invisible"!

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    2. Too funny. Where's the like button?

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  6. I love this post... it's about something I cherish a lot, the ability to visualize, believe and achieve. Other opinions, timelines and thoughts don't matter... I shrug them off. What matters is what I believe I'm capable of. What I see as my present and my future.

    What an absolutely delightful, marvelous post!

    :)

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    1. Exactly and delightful, marvelous it is!

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  7. This is a great 'kick in the pants' post Tina. I used to dream big. Then life happened and I was led to put those dreams on a shelf for awhile. With my Mom's passing this year, my mind has been on taking care of things and getting her house up for sale etc. But I am coming to the end of all that, or at least getting close. So I ready to pull my dream off the shelf and start dreaming big again.

    I have always been a big believer in visualization. If you can dream it and visualize it you can achieve it. So it is time to start putting that all back into practice.

    Thank you for this post Tina. It was much needed and much appreciated.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. Time to make time for you. Small steps, Cindy. Small steps.

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    2. You can do it, Cindy. It's time to dream again. :)

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    3. Cindy, I'm so glad you're going to be able to pull out those dreams again soon.

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  8. I love dreaming, but I admit it's a struggle when I'm bone-deep weary, worn out. Thank you for the reminder that "this too will pass" if I keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep my Dream in front of me. :)

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    1. Amen, Glynna. Sometimes I forget to dream because I get caught up in the daily grind. But really, we must never forget.

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  9. What a great post to read before I start my writing day! Thank you, Tina :)

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    1. Keely, my talented friend. Great to see you. May your day be filled with BIG BEAUTIFUL DREAMS!

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  10. Tina, what a great post. You should be called Barnabas because you always encourage me/us. Thanks so much.

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    1. Hehehe. Could I fit Barnabus on my name tag for conference? Must think on this.

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    2. Amen to that, Jackie! She gives the encouragement but also sometimes gives the needed kick in the pants. :)

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  11. Tina, I love your posts. And what a good way to begin my writing week. We need to support each other, and support ourselves. The world is going to tear us down or at best ignore us, so we need to keep a stocked toolbox and visualization and dreams are part of that.
    I missed a bunch of contests this year because I wasn't paying attention, so I'm scrambling to make up the time. Prepping contest entries this week.
    KB

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    1. Go, Kaybee! You are a shining star. You are a Simon Cowell Golden Buzzer. Keep dreaming big.

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  12. Oh, Tina, I love this post! It made me think back to when my children were in middle/high school setting goals. I always told them to pray and visualize. They thought I was nuts, standing on the porch telling them to visualize the basketball leaving the tips of their fingers and swooshing through the basket. LOL.

    I never let them consider "worse case scenario" because, to me, the worse case scenario is to not try at all, and once you've tried, that's no longer an option.

    Time for me to go reevaluate my dreams (make them bigger) and visualize them happening.

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    1. You're right. Worse case scenario is not dreaming.

      You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Wayne Gretzky.

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    2. Gretzky also said, "Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been". In other words, anticipate a positive outcome!

      Love this post, Tina. I'm a huge Franklin Covey fan. I've lived the last 26 years planning every day using the Franklin Covey planner system. Every six months, I review my goals and plan out each step to achieve them. Have I missed a mark? Sure! But I've come a long way toward achieving my dream despite what life has thrown at me.

      ~ Renee

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    3. Amen, Renee! I'm a Covey/Brian Tracy gal. LOL.

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    4. Love that quote by Gretzky. :)

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  13. Love this post! Yes, big dreams. Here we go!

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  14. What a great motivation post, Tina! but...

    You mean everyone hasn't spent some part of every day their entire life visualizing how they wanted it to go? I visualize everything, from life goals to relationships to even mundane things like housework (shortest route to done) lol.

    That's one of the reasons I love to read so much. When I escape between the pages of a book, I can be anything or anyone I want, travel to faraway places, the ultimate visualization!

    There's a quote I like that sums it up pretty well, "Reading is dreaming with your eyes open".

    Thanks Tina to you and all the writers who provide all that great dreaming time for book lovers!



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    1. There's a quote I like that sums it up pretty well, "Reading is dreaming with your eyes open".

      Oh, I love that. Sums it up perfectly!

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    2. Tracey,

      I agree that visualizing is an important aspect of achieving goals. And I loved your inclusion of visualizing your mundane tasks too. Why, this morning I starred at the ceiling not ready to get up, and did a trial run in my mind's eye of all my chores; feed dogs, make coffee, read Seekerville, etc., etc... LOL

      Happy Independence Day, Seekerville!

      ~ Renee

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    3. Well said, Tracey. I visualize walking across the room without falling. I am serious. LOL.

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    4. Tracey, I love that you visualize everything!

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    6. PAM-I can not wait to do some eyes wide open dreaming when your book, The Promise of Breeze Hill comes out next month!

      RENE-I enjoy my coffee so much I don't even wait for morning to visualize it, I start the night before. I set my preprogramed pot so that when I wake up all I have to do is walk down the hall and pour. I am not a morning person, no coffee, no talkee, lol.

      TINA-You are hilarious, I'm now visualizing you on a balance beam trying to get across the room, she makes it and the crowd roars!!! I run into stuff all the time, I have the bruises to prove it. Another reason water aerobics work for me, no one can see when you miss a step or get off course, a class where only my head shows is the way to go, lol.

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    7. Hey Missy, I honestly thought everyone did this. I'm not sure what I'd think about all day if I wasn't thinking about the next step. I'm now trying to visualize what will appear for dinner. I like to keep meals simple in the summer, it's amazing how much advance thinking it takes to accomplish so little, haha.

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    8. Tracey, if only dinner would appear while just visualizing and maybe snapping my fingers! :)

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  15. Great post, Tina. Writing my novel is dreaming big for me. I waited way too long to do it, probably because I didn't think I could. I have made a lot of progress on it the first half of the year. I got bogged down a little bit at the start of the summer but ready to get back at it. I am visualizing having it done!

    Please enter me in the drawing.

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    1. Sandy, keep dreaming and keep writing. You will get there. Big dreams, like big adventures, start with one word, then another, then another.

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    2. Do it, Sandy. I want 2018 to be the year you start your second book.

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    3. Thanks Pam. And thanks, Tina. My goal is to start another book during Speedbo next year. I spent three years on the first one so it is time! :)

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  16. Wow...just wow. This post is right where I am and as I have set smaller goals and in the past 2 weeks, I have surpassed them! I have definitely been in the "dream too much and give up" camp.

    I love your post Tina and the motivation and inspiration you bring. You are truly have a gift from God!!!

    Now back to editing. Gotta meet my goals.

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    1. Sherrinda, I think you hit the nail on the head for some of us. We need BIG DREAMS and SMALL DREAMS/GOALS as well.

      Achieving small dreams feeds the fire for bigger things as long as we're always working toward the goal.

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    2. Sherrinda, you busy editing gal you! Don't give up, you are so close. Never give up, you are so talented.

      Don't deny God's dream for you.

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  17. Hi Tina,

    I love this post. I am so goal oriented that I not only set writing goals, but other life goals throughout the year like 'x' number of quilts I will sew or 'x' number of museums I will visit.

    For my writing I do try to set lofty yearly goals and then break them down into monthly goals to make them more manageable. So far, I have one of those goals completed in the first six months of the year-a cozy mystery. In addition, I've accept four short story assignments. So, I am right where I should be and now am looking forward to completing my other big goal by the end of December.

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    1. Wow, Rose, you are amazing. I tried to set that yearly goal thing once, and got off track about 2 months in.

      It's actually easier now that I'm under contract. My contract accomplishes the same thing! ;)

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    2. Oh, a cozy mystery! That's wonderful and exciting! I can't wait to read it, Rose.

      ~ Renee

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    3. A cozy mystery. A quilting mystery, Rose. Yeah, I set daily goals, weekly, monthly. I am pretty anal..I mean, I am a big dreamer.

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    4. Thanks, Pam and Renee...and Tina...I like big dreamer much better than anal!!!!

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  18. I always love your motivational posts, Tina! Well, maybe not always love, because you really nail me to the wall sometimes, and admitting the truth about my weak areas isn't usually fun.

    I do need to reevaluate my dreams and goals at this 6-month point. Things have kind of been on hold since our daughter and family moved in with us almost 8 months ago, but in another 3+ weeks, they will be on their way to their next missionary assignment, and I will definitely need to refocus and get down to business--as much to kickstart my writing as to keep from missing the kids so much those first several weeks of their absence! I always get pretty weepy right after they leave. :(

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    1. 181 days to New Year's Myra. OMYGOSH!!!!

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    2. Myra, I know you'll miss them. We moved my son to his new job last week and I miss him like crazy.

      We can both focus back on the writing.

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    3. So true, Missy. At least your son won't be quite as inaccessible as our kids, though! This would be a LOT harder without internet and Facebook!

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    4. True, Myra! Mine is within driving distance. I'm so thankful you'll have internet!

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  19. Awesome post as usual, Tina! I've always been a BIG dreamer. And, I believe in the power of visualization. Whenever I'm at the grocery store or Walmart, I'll stop in front of the paperback section and picture my book there with my name on it. The kids do it, too. I want them to believe in the power of their dreams too.

    I also have a digital vision board that acts as my laptop wallpaper. On it, I have mock covers of my books with 4.5 Amazon stars, Bible passages and inspirational quotes, Photos of the Golden Heart and Rita Awards, New York Times Best Selling Author, etc.

    Recently I've been visualizing getting a phone call from my agent with an offer of representation and a phone call with an offer to purchase.

    Now, taking the daily measures to work towards those dreams is not always easy. I have to regularly pull myself out of my dreams and GET TO WORK.

    That, and in the words of Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, STRATEGERY.

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    1. "Whenever I'm at the grocery store or Walmart, I'll stop in front of the paperback section and picture my book there with my name on it."

      Yeah, baby, that's what I'm talking about. GO, YOU, JOSEE!

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    2. Go, Josee!! I love this attitude!! I really, really need to adopt it.

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  20. Great post, Tina. God is moving me in a certain direction and I'm following. That path includes past dreams I never imagined would come to fuition. I put him in charge and then keep working...sometimes not sure what I'll achieve. But God never disappoints!

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    1. AMEN, DEBBY!!! We cannot fail with God at the wheel. But, oh, those detours he takes sometimes. LOL.

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    2. God's plans are always better than the wildest dreams I've imagined. We can never go wrong following his lead.

      And those detours can be trying, but often they provide some awesome scenery!

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    3. LOL. And you can stop for ice cream too.

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  21. Hi, Tina!

    As I was reading, I was concerned that maybe I hadn't been dreaming big enough until I got to the quote "If you haven't felt like quitting, your dreams aren't big enough." Oh, yeah, I have felt like quitting soooo many times. I've even stepped away from the computer, said that's it, I'm finished with writing ... then the stubborn streak surfaces and I decide I'm by golly going to do this :-)

    Insightful point about goals being the stepping stones to dreams. I mulled over that point and realized my goals shift with circumstances (also known as reality) but that doesn't change my dreams. Thanks for that!

    Early wishes for a joyful and SAFE July 4th.

    Nancy C

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    1. He he he. Reality is a cruel taskmaster.

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  22. TINA, thank you for this encouraging post!

    HAPPY JULY 4TH!

    Please enter me in the drawing.

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  23. I bought a very cool water bottle yesterday with "Dream Big" written on it. Heard a song called "Dream" on the radio this morning. And now this post. It's like God's trying to tell me something...

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    1. It's time, Amanda. He's preparing you. Put on your red sparkly shoes.

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    2. Tina--red and sparkly is my jam. Must be the ruby-slippered Kansas girl in me. :)

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    3. Exactly what I was thinking. Time to take off for you, Dorothy.

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  24. Okay, so you may have just brought tears to my eyes. I NEEDED this post, Tina. So much truth in your words. I'm going to be copying and pasting this one to print and re-read. And Again.

    The whole trying and failing can get to a girl. Couple that with the crazy season I'm in which limits writing time and it gets downright discouraging sometimes. I needed your words. They confirmed some things in my heart.

    Thank you.

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    1. Big hugs to you, Jeanne!! Hang in there. We all have seasons and when we are on the other side we realize, that it's all God's timing.

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    2. Ditto on what Tina said, Jeanne.

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  25. This is like a kick in the butt wrapped up in a warm hug. At least, that's how I took it. :-) Thank you, Tina. I was nearly ready to throw away the key! Posting those quotes around my computer right now.

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    1. Kav, you are too funny. I don't think many realize how multifaceted you are. You persevere in the face of feet! You review books and you are a very talented writer. I long to buy your books on Amazon.

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  26. Hi, Tina!

    Good post. The fear is real, but I'm not sure the reasons for it always are. Thanks for the reminder to push away everything that hinders!

    Reading LOVE IN BLOOM. Nice collection.

    Happy 4th!

    Jess

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  27. I am still dreaming big, but this year I have learned that when I am doing speedbo or Nano that I set a realistic goal that i should be able to reach but in my mind have another goal that is what I really want to do. That way when life throws its little curves my way, I am not devastated by a failed goal but yet have the motivation to push forward with my more lofty goal if this makes any sense.

    This morning is a perfect case of what life can send. I ended up taking a ride in an ambulance to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning and made it back home around 5:30 this morning. So I slept all morning and i am planning to rest and take it easy today but I still hope to do some writing and reading.

    I hope with a numbness in my mouth about 1:45 and this overall strange feeling that something was not right. The doctor ruled out heart attack, stroke, and allergic reaction. He thinks it could be a new way that the attacks from the inner ear are going to display themselves. With a family history of heart, I was relieved. The Lord is good and brought such peace through the night.

    I am glad I still have my dreams and lofty goals and will keep pushing onward.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July.

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  28. Dream Big...
    but avoid nightmares.

    Dream big...
    but don't let the nuns catch you doing it in class!

    Dream big...
    but don't skirt the issue: if you must fly by the seat of your pants, be sure to wear pants!


    No time for more...back after PT!

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    1. HA!! Every Monday I used to go to Blessed Sacrament Church for catechism class. Those nuns terrified / traumatized me with End Times movies.

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  29. Tina, thanks for this awesome post! By nature I'm a worst case scenario type of gal. I can conjure up terrible possibilities and what ifs. God still loves me, yes, but He has made it clear to me that fear is sin. Lifelong habits die hard, but with His help, I'll have victory.

    Oddly I'm also a half glass full person. I believe in dreams. I believe good things will happen. I'm not sure how it's possible to have these two personas living inside me, but with God's help I'm wrangling the 'fraidy cat into submission.

    Time to visualize!

    Janet

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    1. I bet they are battling it out inside, Janet.

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    2. Hope conquers fear. Or so I hope. LOL Not that it's funny!!

      Janet

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  30. OH MY GOSH -- I love, Love, LOVE this post, my friend -- it spoke loud and clear to my heart, so THANK YOU!!

    You said: "Dreams and hope are inexplicably tied together."

    I never really thought about it that way, but now that you say it, I feel kind of silly for not connecting the two!

    Which ties into one of my favorite Scriptures: "Now may the God of Hope fill you with all peace and joy in believing that your hope may abound by the power of the Holy Spirit." -- Romans 15:13

    I may just tattoo that on my chest ... ;) Your short statement ... not the Scripture! :)

    HUGS!!
    Julie

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  31. Popping in late... Yes, I had to make a Sam's run. On. A. Day. Before. A. Holiday. (I know. What was I thinking???)

    Briefly, I am a BIG dreamer. Without "the dream" I would have given up this gig a lonnnng time ago. (OH, and my word for this year? PERSEVERE. Ties in nicely, I think.)

    Fantastic post, Tina! All great points. I use #2 a lot. I walk through scenarios in my mind and visualize outcomes. Sometimes, the way things actually play out are even better than our dreams. (...But the hope/dream starts first.)

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  32. What a perfect post for starting off the third quarter of the year, a new week, and a new month, Tina! It's the "hope" part that keeps our dreams alive. I was as excited to get my phone call from the Genesis as I imagine I'll be when I get "The Call". It helps to document and remember all the little triumphs that make up our dreams for those days when it feels like we're never going to get there. Please put me in the draw, Tina. Have a blessed day everyone, and enjoy the Holiday tomorrow!

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  33. I started a journal for putting in those good things, Laurie, because we do forget!!

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  34. Tina, you should be crowned The Encourager! I wonder if you know how sweet it is to be encouraged by you? Thanks for the post.

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    1. The downside of being a hopeful person is my walls are plastered with quotes. It's a crazy office here. Crazy.

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  35. I am late to the party, but wow! What a great post! I absolutely loved that meme: If you haven't felt like quitting, your dreams aren't big enough. Guess mine are big enough because there are days I'm ready to throw in the towel and run, lol! But then I worry my friend Big T will hunt me down, so I don't dare!

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    2. Yes, she will hunt you down, LeAnne! So you better keep at it. :)

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  36. This post is so honest and encouraging. The doubt that creeps in when we think we have been dreaming too big can be hard to shove aside. The points you've made remind us what we need to do to bring the dream back into focus. Thanks for this!

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  37. Yes to everything about this post!

    Goodness. When I read about the multitude of smaller goals, I was picturing my to do list. Little things, some unimportant in the long run, become like tiny ants nibbling at me, keeping me from "eating the frog" and taking down the big giants.

    Then with my bigger goals, if I fail to break them down into smaller steps, I get a mortal case of the "I can'ts" and want to quit everything and just watch Pride and Prejudice in my pjs. :)

    This post gets right to the heart, and I'm trimming down that niggling to do list in my head right now. Somethings won't matter tomorrow, in a week, a month, a year. Really really.

    Thank you, Tina. You are amazing and always inspire me!

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  38. EXCELLENT post, Miss T - - absolutely excellent! :) This is exactly what I (and probably lots of other folks) needed right now and is filled with SO much wisdom. One line in particular that jumped out at me (and I wrote it down beside my computer) is: NEVER GIVE UP DESPITE THE CIRCUMSTANCES. Wow!! For me personally various circumstances can make it difficult to keep pursuing my dream of being pubbed, but I MUST keep on - - so this reminder will stay next to my computer in case I start feeling frustrated (or doubting myself).
    Thank you again for sharing this powerful post today, and I hope all my Seeker friends have a safe, wonderful 4th of July!
    Please enjoy the cupcakes I brought---decorated with red, white, and blue icing. ;) Sometimes a little sugar gives my dreams a boost, LOL. (Or at least gives me more energy!)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  39. Great post Tina, well said! Motivation for Monday :-)
    I'm with the thought that if God puts a dream in your heart, then He'll bring it to pass....we're the only ones who limit ourselves!

    Happy & safe 4th of July everyone!

    Toss me in for the Carol Award winning book of choice

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  40. Thank you Tina!

    May God bless you and all of Seekerville!

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  41. I haven't read all the comments yet, so I don't know if anyone mentions a variation on this, but I think I stopped dreaming for myself when I became a mother. Or, not so much stopped dreaming as put my dreams on the back burner behind everyone else's needs.

    I was reading a daily email reflection last week that contained this:

    "One of the most fundamental statements of Christian faith is this: your life is not about you. This is not your project. Rather, you are part of God's great design. To believe this in your bones and to act accordingly is to have faith."

    In a way, I wonder if that is the root of my goal-less-ness. Dreaming feels too much like I'm making it all about me.

    I'd love to hear thoughts - even (especially ;) ) if they disagree.


    Because maybe I'm just lazy and this is an excuse. ;)

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    1. What if those goals are God given? Divinely inspired. I think your philosophy fails to encompass this.

      I've been a martyr for the cause too, especially with my kids ten years apart. But now, the Tina Ministry is up and running and nothing is going to stand in the way.

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    2. Here's the other thing, I believe our jobs are our ministry and we give to the Kingdom of God via time, tithing, energy. Writing is my job and if I fail to give my writing job, my dream 100% then in essence, I am stealing from the Kingdom of God.

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    3. I do agree with that, and it's my rationale for the time I use in writing (since it is not my full time occupation). I think my struggle is that Catholic guilt thing. If I like it too much, it must be bad for me. ;)

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  42. Awww Teenster, I do need to reread this post. I was dreaming big, but this past month, I've not been dreaming. sort of just getting through the day. Not a bad thing to do, but no dreams getting accomplished. sigh. Need to start dreaming again.

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  43. I've got big dreams, and to help realize those dreams I've been setting aside a specific time to write and working on more than one story.

    I will be a bestseller yet...

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    1. Write it down 15 times a day on a piece of paper.

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  44. YIKES! "184 days have passed and 181 are left." So much to do (and learn) and so little time. I've been dreaming big for awhile, but this path to publication is strewn with doubt and fear, no doubt about it. Thank you for such an inspiring and thought-provoking post, Tina. Just what I needed!

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  45. Boy, do I wrestle with my dreams. But I know they must be my calling. I know the ideas that come from me- and my books weren't one of them, meaning they came from a Higher Authority. And it's to Him I'm accountable, so I'll keep writing through it.

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  46. I needed this reminder to keep dreaming. I have to get some graphics done to send to folks who may be my ticket to get back home to Colorado via a new job. Scary and wonderful at the same time.

    The stream was to get back km home to be closer to family and support system. I sooooooo need a local support system. Seekerville is wonderful support for my dreams and prayers, but (is this bad to say?) I've been needing more.
    Thanks for the awesome post and great encouraging quotes, Tina.

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    1. DREAM not stream... tablet typo *sigh*

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    2. Take action, DebH. Step out in faith. You can do it. Another really good writer hiding under a bushel. Your time will come little light.

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  47. I dared to dream that I could win a book contest on Amazon. Now, I'm daring to dream i can get my sequels written.

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  48. Dream Big...
    but not so big you have to hire a professional to interpret what they mean.

    Dream Big...
    big dreams take up the same space in your mind as little dreams.

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    1. Dream Big...
      big dreams take up the same space in your mind as little dreams.

      Exactly, Vince.

      Are you taking the David Mamet class? I think you may have said you are. It looks so good.

      David Mamet Master Class

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    2. Hi Tina;

      Yes, I am taking the Mamet MasterClass course. While Patterson was really about writing to sell the most books...Mamet is about writing Greek tragedies according to Aristotle's rules and making them seem so real that the viewer does not notice that the work is not realism. Mamet is also deep into cutting...even into the muscle and bone! The lead actor in Spartan in the Special Features said Mamet cut all the best scenes out of the movie...he even played a major part himself in the movie and cut it out after production! It makes it seem more real by cutting so much out that the reader does not understand what is going on. This is the way real events unfold many times. This technique would seem to be so hard to do that I would not try it. It would be like strangling yourself to the point of passing out just to get the high.

      A class well worth it.

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  49. My dream this year was to get back surgery done, recupe and mend! I finished rehab (but exercise at home) and dr. dismissed me so I am happy for the accomplishments. Prayers sure helped! I still have to rest a lot so the book giveaway would come in handy! lol THANKS

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    1. Well there you go. Dream of healing!!!

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    2. I'm glad you doing so well, Jackie!

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  50. Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement. A while back someone...perhaps you... suggested The Artist's Way. I have worked my way through every thing except the questions at the end. What an amazing journey. Your words today rang so true because of the book.

    I'm heading for a week of mentoring at Highlights Foundation next week as my next artist's date. If anyone has an interest in writing for children to young adults check out their retreats. I am looking forward to this one.

    Please throw my name in the drawing.

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    1. Good for you, Bettie. I bet it was Debby Giusti who suggested The Artist's Way!

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    2. I read it years ago and used to have Artist Dates. :) I should probably try that again to feed my well.

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  51. From that David Mamet Masterclass promo:

    "I'm not any less confused than you are. I just got in the habit of doing it."

    And isn't that more than half the battle?
    Just sit down and do it.

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      I'm currently taking that MasterClass by David Mamet. He's funny and reminds me of Woody Allen who said 'most of life is just showing up.'

      So far the best line in the class for me has been: "If you can cut a scene and it does not change the trajectory of the story, then cut it out." I can see this in a play but it sure seems Spartan in a novel.

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    2. A valuable lesson for sure, Vince. My editor made me cut two scenes for that very reason. They may have been MY favorite scenes, but they did nothing for the progress of the plot. I tried to justify them as "character development" but I lost. I guess it's a hard but valuable lesson that we learn to identify those scenes ourselves.
      I hope I'm getting better at it.

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  52. What Came First?

    This:

    "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11 (King James Version -- original)

    Note the word 'thoughts'. Also note that the fifty eminent scholars who spent seven years creating the greatest literary treasure ever put together by a committee, chose not to use the word 'plans'.

    While plans require thoughts, not all thoughts are plans. And while parents can have good thoughts for the future of their children, this does not necessitate that they also have plans for how their children should live their adult lives.

    No Christian is required to believe that God has plans by which he or she must live their lives. If this belief works for one, then may God bless you. Believe it.

    However, if trying to divine God's plan for you while trying to live up to it is causing you stress, then feel free to follow the original meaning of Jeremiah 29:11.

    Retranslations are fine as long as they don't change the original meaning. I have no faith in this retranslation which could have been chosen by the original translators.

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    2. Really interesting, Vince. Thanks for sharing that! I've wondered about the use of the word "thoughts" before.

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  53. Tina, thank you for reminding me to dream big. I keep telling my kids the sky is the limit, and this post made me wonder why I'm so eager to tell them to dream big and sometimes I hold back from dreaming big for myself. Thanks for the reminder that prayer and hard word are a great way to dream big and turn those dreams into reality.

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  54. Tina, I dream big. I'm talking huge dreams. Sometimes I feel silly for doing so. Thanks for reminding me it's ok to do.

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  55. Big Dreams and Co-Signors

    There was this young guy who needed a loan to buy a car to get to work but had to have a co-signor. When he finally found one he went and bought a new Cadillac. When asked why he bought such an expensive car when a far less expensive car would still get him to work and back he said, "What, and waste my co-signor on a Ford!"

    Dream big, it's as easy to love a rich man as a poor one.

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  56. I love that first quote image! I pinned it to my "inspires me" Pinterest board :) I've been noticing my own growth and the ways I've changed over the years. Naturally some of my dreams and goals have shifted along with that. I love the adventures life takes us on, even the hard ones because they are refining. Of course it's easier to say that after they have passed...

    Please put my name in for the giveaway :)

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  57. Thanks Tina! |

    This Was a Big Enough Post
    To Carry Us Thru the 4th!


    Think Big...Post Big!

    Lots of good ideas and comments to go over! And tomorrow we go to the dogs! That's something to bark about. Been reading "When I Found You"| to prep!

    Have a Happy & Safe 4th!

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  58. I'm late but loved the post. Viktor Frankl's book is one of my all time favorites!! Very powerful

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  59. Thanks Tina for the reminder to dream. The fear of dreaming is all to real to me. You made me realize that if I don't dream I won't know which way to head.

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  60. I am just now having a chance to read this and Tina, you have given me a lot to think about this Wed. morning. I have always thought that I have been blessed with contentment but have I really just being "settling"? Should I have tried to achieve more when we were farming and struggling to live off the land? I thought that I was supporting my husband but.... I am proud that I stepped out and took the one day a week job at our public library because it evolved into a full-time, 22 1/2 year that fulfilled me beyond my expectations. But should I have dreamed of that MLS degree? I need to " think on this" as I continue this journey called Life!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Dreaming big is my specialty! LOL! Thanks for this, Tina. The very idea of dreaming huge, spectacular dreams and going for them just feeds my soul in a way nothing else does. (I know I'm late, but I had to comment to tell you how much I love this! :-) )

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  62. Thanks for the great post Tina. I loved the books references in there, and yes, I feel with seeking help (divinely and with others on earth), we can reach our goals. I have found myself setting more realistic goals this year, but also dreaming big. I don't think it hurts to try to obtain happiness, while helping others along the way. I always keep trying! :)

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    1. Tina, I just wanted to thank you for the book I received from this giveaway. I was so happy to get bookmail and can't wait to read The Lady and the Lionheart soon!

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