“Living the life of your dreams is a lot like sailing.
You pick your destination, hoist up your sail, make minor adjustments while the journey is underway, and let the wind do all the hard work.
In other words, imagine the end result, do what little you can, make minor adjustments while the journey is underway, and let me blow your mind.
Of course, there are also a few “don’ts.” Like don’t think that just because there’s magic in life you won’t have to hoist up your sails, or that doing so will instantly deliver you to your destination. Don’t assume that just because there isn’t wind one day it’s a “sign” that something is wrong, or that you won’t have it tomorrow. And, perhaps most importantly, don’t forget to pack your Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and cupcakes.” -TUT A Note from the Universe
I have encountered recommendations for the art of visualization in so many arenas lately from emails from Oprah to Notes from the Universe and Daily Catalyst quotes. I am a woman on a mission, a mission to transform, to create, to become what I want to be. The act of visualizing success, of picturing every nuance of life as a successful writer, began when I created this blog. I set up my writing space and made the commitment to write for 15 minutes at the end of each day. It is an easier commitment to keep that sticking to a diet, or getting in a good cardio workout each day. I wonder why that is? Beginning at about the age of 5, I imagined myself a writer. It has just taken me a long time to sit down and get to work.
The one idea that makes sense to me, it to treat myself as kindly as I treat the children I teach. Teaching a developmentally appropriate curriculum, taking into consideration the needs of the child, their developmental readiness and their natural curiosity, is natural to me. If I treat myself the same way, understanding my need to develop naturally as a writer, to learn and to grow with nurturing and practice, I can have the patience I need to emerge from my learning state into a place where writing becomes my career.
I have moved forward from the days of putting everyone else’s needs before my own, from care giving to taking care of myself and from having no time left at the end of the day to sit for a moment and reflect to creating the time I need to fulfill my dream and my passion. That alone is a success, but I can picture more. I can picture writing published, books with my name as the author and the fulfillment I will have when I realized that hard work and determination can pay off.