“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ~Roy T. Bennett
Like most of you reading this right now, I’m in lockdown. While I value the time I get to spend with my family, I worry about my family who is not with me and my friends who are currently still working. The hours have melted into days, days into weeks and before you know it weeks will melt into months. As you transition your lives to accommodate the changes set before you, you should not allow yourself to become overwhelmed by the feeling of fear! Rather invite that of gratitude!
Just as the physical body becomes strong through regular exercise, so does the mind require regular use to remain strong. Make sure that your personal development plan includes plenty of mental stimulation. One of the best ways to develop your imagination and visualization skills is through reading. As you read, your mind translates the words into images that help you better understand the concepts about which you are reading. Become a voracious reader. Read newspapers, trade magazines, self-help books, and novels; all will contribute to your store of knowledge and to your ability to visualize and more effectively use your imagination.
Do you have a continuous improvement program for your most valuable asset-your mind? Make sure that you spend at least a half-hour each day studying, thinking, and planning. Review your long intermediate and short-term goals and measure your progress to date. Are you on schedule for their completion? Ask yourself, “What information do I not have that would help me achieve my goals?” Then gather the information you need and get into action.
“If you don’t have a dream how are we going to make a dream come true?”
I’ve always dreamt of being a writer. I also dreamt of being a pilot but that writer inside of me kept poking me in the side. Besides flying, lessons were way more expensive. My favourite subject in school was always in English because we had to write Essays or short stories which fueled my imagination. One of the reasons I started this blog was to encourage me to write more in hopes that it would foster the completion of my books. While I am disciplined in keeping up with my blog, I have not been so disciplined in finishing my book. The words are there, the end is in sight, now if I can just put those words on paper. That would be a huge accomplishment for me.
“It’s the people we hardly know, and not our closest friends, who will improve our lives most dramatically” ~Meg Jay
The more mature I become the less gregarious my nature. My inner circlehas become smaller but more meaningful, a few years ago it struck me that there were many people in my life who were simply just along for the ride. They brought nothing to the table and when they walked away they took more than necessary. We all know those people, the ones who always need a favour but is never available to return one.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
There is an emotional attachment to everything we do so it’s ok if others are not connected to what you do, so it’s ok if other’s don’t share your passion. I remember years ago, sitting in a session of my monthly book club. Each session consisted of everyone in the group taking their turn of reading a chapter or a few pages of your book, whichever took less time, while other members follow along with their copies of the same text. At the end of each reading, everyone got a chance to critique your work. One critique that stuck for me most and stayed with me for a long time was the fact that some members did not get my story or understood some of the terms I used because it was written in dialect or the term itself was unfamiliar to them.