In my last post, I shared some topics to help you create a list for writing success in 2015. Let’s take it one step further today. Writing is just one part of our lives. For some, it’s a huge part. Regardless if you write all the time or write when you get that rare moment, your passion of creating words into art intertwines with your financial, health, social, and life issues.
So, without grandstanding or much ado, here’s a few nuggets to think about as we begin 2015.
Create and celebrate – I’ve said this one before, small victories add up. Be sure to acknowledge them.
Connect with others – Mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. Connecting with others in their feelings will make you a better person.
Reverse the Ratio – This is a biggie! Spend 20% of your time acknowledging problems and 80% of your time fixing them. Most people follow the opposite ratio.
Use your ears – Answer less … listen more.
Intention – Start every day with intention that supports a goal. It doesn’t have to be a big goal, but drive with purpose each day.
Balance – Find a work-and-play balance. All work will deter your goals. As for all play — I’ve been guilty of that at times — will also deter your goals.
Prioritize – Make a list of three action goals with three timelines — immediate action, within three days, and by the end of the week. This will help you keep things in perspective and not get overwhelmed. If you find some things that keep dropping back into the “by end of the week” category, maybe they aren’t that important after all.
Know your flow – This is a tough one at times. Get to know your finances. Budget (Ahhhh, dirty word.) A 2013 Gallup poll showed that only one in three Americans maintain a budget. When you live within your means, you are free to create. The pressure is off and you don’t have to feel guilty about writing.
Skills – Take a look at your goals for 2015 and decide what skill you need to master next year. Focus on learning, practicing and perfecting that skill. Don’t try to find a zillion things to master. Pick one and be great at it. It doesn’t have to relate to writing. Maybe it’s cooking 30-minute meals! Who knows? Anything you master in other areas of your life will open up your creativity and writing.
Laugh – Enough said.
Plus One (We should all be doing this) … Serve others – Everybody needs help every now and then. It doesn’t have to be financial. You’re time is just as important as money. Carve out a specific plan in your goals to help others. Even the smallest actions can go a long way.
I’ll leave you with this story.
A boy found an eagle’s egg and placed it in the nest of one of his chickens. The eaglet hatched with the other chicks. Over the years, he scratched and clawed the ground for insects and other food just like the other chickens. With a thrashing of wings, he would flutter a few feet off the ground, playing with his other feathered friends.
Years passed and one day, the eagle saw a magnificent bird high above him. With a white head and dark wings, the graceful bird soared without as much as a flap of his wings.
The eagle turned to his chicken friends and asked, “What a bird! What kind is it?”
The chicken replied, “That’s a bald eagle … the king of birds. Don’t get any ideas, you’re a chicken, you could never be like him.”
So, the eagle never gave it another thought and remained with the chickens the rest of his life.
How many of you are eagles trapped with the chickens? It’s all in the mindset. Let 2015 be your breakout year. Don’t listen to others that say you can’t do it. Don’t listen to YOURSELF saying you can’t do it. Plan, execute, and dream. Let me know what you’re looking forward to in 2015.
Happy New Year!