“Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.” ~ David J. Schwartz, Trainer and Author
“Transformation isn’t a future event, it’s a present activity.” ~ Jillian Michaels, Fitness Guru, Author of “Unlimited”
“Planning is nothing but procrastination in disguise… Failure doesn’t come from poor planning – it comes from the timidity to proceed.” ~ Scott Ginsberg, “The Nametag Guy”
These are just a few quotes I reread daily to get my head in check. I am THEE Queen of lists and planning to a fault, I now realize. Overplanning, procrastination, over-responsible, not finishing projects: these are all traits of ACOA’s (Adult Children of Alcoholics) yet I struggle with denial. Anyone else do this?
Once I push past the “preparation” that pulls on every. fiber. in. my. being, I actually get a lot of real work done. For me, this means writing new or revised scenes for my LAKE-RESORT Novel. This Sunday, I sat on my patio in the gorgeous fall weather and wrote long-hand 8 notebook pages of a pretty tense scene between my teenage protag and her estranged mother. The key for me? Don’t over think it and don’t work on the computer (the internet is called the Web for a reason!)
How will you push past the planning and onto productivity today? Share your tips and tricks!
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It’s one thing to be a dreamer. It’s another to be a “doer!” Which are you?
I have a few people in my life, whom I love dearly, however, their “dream state” and “reality” clash on many levels. One may say,”Yeah, I could find a good girlfriend if only I had a better job and money to take her out.” OK, so instead of sleeping until noon, get out and apply for better jobs. While you’re at it, don’t be late for your current part-time gig. And, you may want to stop approaching girls you know to be in a serious relationship.
Same with writing. Don’t say, “I want to be published, but I’m too scared to submit my work.” Hello? The byline fairy isn’t going to knock on your door and request your stories. You have to have more than intention alone. You need action. You need to commit these intentions to a deadline. Keep a list of what you truly want to accomplish and by when. Then break it down to small doable tasks. Crossing each task off will bring you closer to that goal and closer to that dream.
In the meantime, “Stop Whining!” (When I was giving birth to my first son, the labor & delivery nurse wore a pin with this statement. I agree, totally inappropriate for her line of work, and at that time, had I more energy I would have plucked her eyes with that pin. But, it is actually a statement I’ve come to live by.) Try saying it to yourself when you’re falling into a pity party. Or when the “if only” statements stop you from “doing.” Keep moving forward, be active in your intentions.
So, what is your intention? How are you going to get there from here?