Monday, January 12, 2009

I Gotta Do My Part

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It strikes me that I’ve wanted God to help me be a writer for years, but I’m not always doing my end of things…the writing and completing. I am the queen of the great start. The NaNoWriMo challenge was particularly fun because I FINISHED.

Recently, I listened to a Dave Ramsey presentation on extraordinary performance. One particular phrase caught my attention...Execute your plan and trust God to show up. In other words, work hard and let God open the doors wide. Aim for dreams you know you can't accomplish alone. Dave calls them BHAGs.

Big.
Hairy.
Audacious.
Goals.

Today, the calendar on the fridge is quietly screaming at me. My log shows too few minutes of walking last week (and this week so far) and very few words written for 2009. It seems I’m letting my fitness and writing goals take the back seat to my other commitments.

Again.

It is a challenge to juggle all my responsibilities and aim for the BHAGs. I have only eighteen more weeks to be a homeschool mom. Finishing well there remains my number one goal. There are still commitments to church and others that must be honored. Yet, words and stories jumble about in my head. My fingers *need* dirt on them occasionally. I need scraps of color to play with, whether fabric or glass. It is all about finding the rhythm and balance in order to dance to the tune in my heart. I can do all of it, can't I?

Oh, I just want to build up an inventory of completed, polished stories. I want to have something WONDERFUL to submit to some agents and editors by next fall. I want to play with fabric, glass, and color and share it with others. I do not want to waste the time I'm given on this earth.

I want to do my end of the bargain and trust God to show up.

2 Other Creative Souls are Saying:

Jean said...

I marked this post as unread 4 times, intending to come back and write wonderful words of encouragement. You've moved on to Tortilla Soup, it is time for me to just say, keep on writing. Mama always said, 'God helps those who help themselves,' so, Write!

I have 7 books on writing, and more, which makes me a Reader.

nj

Cathe said...

I am a Dave Ramsey fan - even have a DR forum. (Yes, I am a forum junkie.) I hadn't heard that "Goals" message before.