Some time ago I wrote a post about knowing the one sentence of your life.
I thought it was a powerful exercise and I wanted you to know about it.
The purpose of this post was to help you slow down and think about your life, the one you’re creating right now, because there’s nothing more eye-opening than having to sum up your entire existence with a one-line description that says,
This is the purpose of my life.
This is what really matters to me.
This is what I want to be remembered for…after I’m gone.
I know these are some hefty questions. And you might be thinking,“ Heck I’m so busy juggling work and carpools and kids and grocery shopping, who has time to think about these things?”
But truthfully, that’s EXACTLY why you need to carve out some quiet time; you deserve time to contemplate what you want for your Self and your life. I think it’s especially important for women, because our lives are so entwined with the caretaking of others, it’s easy to postpone examining our own needs.
But if we don’t take charge of our lives and believe we deserve things, it’s not going to magically happen.
It’s the same way with our dreams.
If we can’t put our dreams into words we’ll never achieve them. It’s that simple.
Lou Holtz, the former legendary football coach of Notre Dame is famous for his list of 107 goals. The story goes that when he lost his job during his twenties his wife gave him a book entitled, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. After reading it, he was inspired to write down a complete list of his life goals which included winning a National Championship, eating dinner at the White House, meeting the Pope, and landing a plane on an aircraft carrier.
He says that list changed his life.
Last I heard, he’d completed 104 of his goals. And everywhere he goes people want to talk with him about these 107 goals. Why? Because Lou Holtz decided that his list would not be a typical “wish-list,” but a list of dreams he intended to achieve. And he did.
I thought about my own dreams and goals
when I visited a friend’s blog yesterday. Reading her post about her published novel’s one year birthday made me smile, and I was happy to see so many of her dreams becoming a reality.
I love seeing women achieve their dreams.
Especially a woman who is raising four kids on her own and who began writing when her first child (now in his twenties) was in diapers. In some ways, it’s the classic tale of the published author; Catherine’s story is filled with inspired bouts of writing-even in a chicken shed-and includes endless revisions and rejections before she was eventually published.
But it’s her personal story that I love. Catherine relocated after nine years in Ghana to northern Italy, where she arrived “husbandless and slightly traumatized” to begin a new life with her four children, and through it all she kept writing.
This is Catherine McNamara. She has a funny, (naughty) wit and she’s a wonderful story teller. Her first published novel, The Divorced Lady’s Companion to Italy, had gotten some amazing reviews and it’s even been called “a thinking lady’s Eat, Pray, Love.”
You can click HERE to enter her giveaway. All you have to do is write
1. What you hate about Italy
2. What you love about Italy
and if you’re chosen, you can win her novel along with some “flirty” bookmarks.
The best part of visiting Catherine’s blog is that it reminded me of my own tender, little dream.
The dream of someday finishing my own non-fiction book (although I admit, I need to re-read a few of Lou Holtz’s suggestions). Since according to Holtz, now in his seventies, most people who fail at their goals lack determination, discipline and a clear plan. Gulp.
Here’s a few of his suggestions to help you achieve your dream.
- Write it down. Create a specific list of your goals.
- Make a plan that includes scheduling time and evaluating your talents.
- Build a network of supportive people who might help you reach your goal.
- Be determined!
In fact, maybe you can begin right now.
Write down your dream and share it here.
And let’s make this be your place of support.
What is your dream?
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