Today is a WRITE post, and that means providing you with the encouragement and opportunity to get your thoughts down on the blank page. Consider this Dear Luck post a spiritual pick-me-up quick-write that you’ll want to revisit time and again.
Keep The End In Mind
When we face challenges in our lives, it’s often hard to see our way out of the dark and into a new light. Once we’ve struggled through and survived, we look back and wish we could have given ourselves some guidance on how to approach the Ordeal, and how to see it as a blessing in disguise. One of the best pieces of advice we can give ourselves in the midst of a challenge is the story of how we imagine the outcome. I’m not advocating that we expect a particular outcome to happen exactly the way we envision, but it’s important to act as though our end result has already been achieved. To get a bit spiritual about it all, consider that the universe is always responding to our energy systems. Whatever we think –- positive or negative — expands. The best in our lives rarely happens out of thin air. Most successes are part of divine timing: a combination of 1/3 talent, 1/3 persistence, and 1/3 serendipity. And generally speaking, the universe only grants that all-important Luck factor to those who are ready to receive. If we could only relax and just enjoy the journey!
This week, try writing a letter to one of the people you most admire, telling of all that’s going well in your life, personally and professionally. Why write to someone you admire versus a letter to yourself or to the Universe At Large? Certainly all are powerful ways to manifest your dreams. But writing to someone you admire not only personalizes the message; it also provides a different level of accountability toward your goals and an outside purpose to achieving them within a reasonable timeframe. Those we admire represent qualities and successes we would like to emulate within ourselves. Who hasn’t been proud to tell a favorite teacher, mentor, or friend about a special accomplishment? Who hasn’t been elated to hear the return applause?
Ideas For New Writers
Say you want to be published. You want the world to know who you are and what you think. You want followers and fans, an official author website, book tour, interviews, movie trailers, speaking gigs, book signings, e-books, audiobooks. Create a vision of how many people will read your books, in how many countries your books have been published, and into which languages they’ve been translated. Fill in the blanks on all the unknowns, including how big each advance was and how much you’ve received in royalties so far.
Shoot for the Moon, But…
Be realistic, too. Are you really going to be an overnight sensation, a household name in the next three months? Not everyone will like you. Not everyone will think you are a genius with something brilliant to say.
DO tell your confidant about what has made your message/product/service so unique. Be clear about this message. The more articulate you are about the details of your success, the greater the chance that your vision will exist in living color.
Show how through hard work and patience your efforts during the tough times paid off. Show from who and what you drew strength. By writing through the failures, we give ourselves permission to be human.
Date the letter according to when you want to see the outcome. Be brave. Set a deadline.
Now That You’ve Written the Letter…
You have a responsibility to that person. So, live today to create the tomorrow you’ve committed to.
Validate your dreams.
As any guru would tell you, your own personal bliss blesses the world.
So Get Writing and Be Blissful!
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