Friday, October 24, 2014

Make Your Dreams a Reality with 15 Minutes a Day

I had every intention as I flew out to Las Vegas for a conference this week to squeeze in some writing time on the plane--instead I slept.  I needed the sleep, since I had stayed up late the night before helping my husband with a project.  I can get off track and let other people's priorities trump my own desires.  If I let this go on too long, I loose sight of my own goals.  When that happens, I reassess my goals and carve out some time in my schedule for my dreams.  I use this new found time to take small action steps.   
It’s easy to get caught up in the belief that you don’t have enough time to pursue your own dreams. Most writers I know have a day job and a full life.   They struggle to squeeze in writing time and believe they don't have the flexibility to write more.  Unfortunately, this belief can derail a writing career even before it begins.  Jennifer Lawler, author of the Dojo Wisdom series, discusses how a martial artist trains each day, even when he is old and disabled.  He accommodates his life for his art.  One of my critique partners is a lawyer with a full time job, two active young children, a wife and he still manages to write one hour a day.  How does he do it?  He gets up at 5 a.m. each morning.  He accommodate his life to his art. So how can you accommodate your days for the life you want to dream into being?  Even 15 minutes a day will begin the process of transformation.  Why?  Through those daily 15 minutes, you are informing your subconscious that you are committed to your goal.  You will be amazed after a week of allotting only 15 minutes how much you can accomplish.  Build it into your routine (e.g.  shower, coffee, 15 minutes). If you are ready to change your life, you will find the time.So this week start with small actions steps and create the habit of pursing your dreams.  This step may lead you to dreams more magnificent than you could have ever imagined. 
Mary Jo Guglielmo is writer and intuitive life coach. In you live near Chicago, check out her latest workshop:  Give Wings to Your Dreams.
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Kathleen Moulton said...

Mary Jo, thank-you for the reminder.

I have been learning to take time for myself as you suggested and it really works. I feel so much more accomplished since I began taking small action steps.

Saumya said...

Thank you for this. I often get overwhelmed with my lack of time, without realizing that I only need 15 minutes and people much busier than me are finding a way!

Karen Cioffi said...

Mary Jo, what great motivation to get some writing done each day. Just 15 minutes should be doable for everyone.

Shirley Corder said...

Thanks Mary Jo. This is so true. I am forever hearing from wanna-be-writers that they just can't find the time. Yet if you really want to do something badly enough, you will be able to find 15 minutes!

Cat Malin said...

This is so true. Persistently turning up every day to do your "thing" is what achieves goals - even if it's only for a few minutes each day.

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