(I recently wrote and published a book “THRIVE!”. This blog post originally appeared on the blog I write for the book The Thrive! Journal Blog )
Writing a book has been a mixture of hard work and joy. Looking at the finished product this morning, I know that I have learned three life lessons about pursuing a dream.
Life Lesson #1: I have enough time. So many people have asked me how I found the time to write a book. The short answer is that I am actually the queen of my time. I choose how I spend my time. I can use my time wisely. I can waste my time. I can grant others permission to waste my time. But I cannot run out of time. It’s mine. My decisions and my actions dictate what I choose to do with my time.
Life Lesson #2: I am responsible for my dream. I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. It’s been one of my lifelong dreams. But I have realized that no one can care as much about my dream as I can. Just like my time is mine, my dream is mine. I am responsible to give life to my dream.
Life Lesson #3: I must give myself permission. Six months ago, my book did not exist. It was just a concept in my head. Just a dream. I thought about it: “Someday, I will write that book.” Then, it dawned on me: just like I am queen of my time, I am queen of my dream. I must grant myself permission to pursue my dream. Once I do that, anything is possible.
Do you have a lifelong dream that you have yet to pursue? Believe me, you have enough time. Grant yourself permission.
“Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
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