Achieving Your Resolutions the One-a-Day Way
Is it raining where you are?
Is January doing her worst?
Is it gloomy and dark and cold and uninspiring?
Is Donald Trump about to become ‘leader of the free world’?
But … I have a tiny glimmer of light to offer you in the gloom.
A tale to tell that will lift your spirits and encourage you to pursue your dreams.
This year I have one main focus – to keep things simple.
Simplicity = clarity = space = freedom.
So, I began by applying the rule of simplicity to my new year’s resolutions.
This year I would have just three resolutions, as short and sweet as can be.
And they are:
- To have FUN
- To make LOVE my mission statement
- To WRITE books for adults again
And, to make the pursuing of these dreams as simple as possible, I vowed to do one thing a day towards achieving at least one of these things.
Now, the one-a-day way to achieving your dreams isn’t loud and brash.
It isn’t all ‘in your face‘ and ‘on the case‘ … it’s more ‘slow and steady wins the race‘.
Sometimes, the one thing you do will achieve next to nothing.
But it will achieve something.
And every so often that something will turn out to be a big thing.
Like the one small thing I did the week before last.
It all started here…
I’d gone for a walk in the hills near my home and I was thinking about my dream to write for adults again and the novel I’ve just started writing.
The novel is set around a pub – about someone who works in a pub.
But – although I’ve spent plenty of time in pubs – I’ve never experienced them from behind the bar.
I need to chat to someone who has worked in a pub, I thought to myself as I walked. Or, even better, I need to experience working in one myself.
I hiked on.
Maybe I could contact my local pub. Maybe that could be the one thing I do towards achieving my 3 dreams today. I could send them a message asking if I could come in and have a chat.
Almost immediately my inner voice of doom sprung into life.
Don’t be stupid. They won’t want to help you. You’ll just be annoying and get in their way. Etc. Etc.
But, as I made my way back home, I couldn’t help thinking, yeah but what have you got to lose?
Realising I didn’t have that much to lose at all, I sent the pub a message.
Within an hour I’d got the loveliest message back from one of the pub’s owners – he’d be delighted to meet and chat with me.
So, a few days later, we met and chatted. And chatted. I got loads of information and it was so much fun.
Just as I was about to go, he asked me if I’d ever run a writing group before.
This question is my personal version of ‘Is the Pope Catholic?‘
I LOVE running writing groups and have run loads over the years. Since moving here a few months ago I’d started running a mini group in my living room but had run out of chair space.
It turns out that the pub owner had been wanting to host a writing group in his pub for a while but didn’t know who to ask to lead it.
Long story short, from that one simple act of sending the message to the pub, I’ve found out loads of great pub details for my book, done a spot of work experience behind the bar, and been asked to run a weekly writing group in the room upstairs.
I enjoyed it so much it’s also made me want to find a part-time job as a bartender! And who knows where that might lead…
All from sending that one simple message.
It doesn’t matter how small the steps you take towards achieving your dreams are – what matters is that you take them.
One by one. Slowly. Steadily.
You never know where it might lead…
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