I’ve always been great with beginnings. I’m easily swept up in the energy and optimism inherent in any new venture, whether it’s a new hobby, a house project, or a new life path. Whatever it is, I dive in, sure that good things will follow.
Often, my positive attitude is enough to carry me through projects that have definitive end dates or completion points (e.g. write a blog post or paint the living room). Sure. Easy enough. But what of the ventures that aren’t so clear cut – the ones that are more important, the ones that are close to my heart, the ones that are on-going, difficult, and scary? Well…those are trouble.
For me, these “close-to-my-heart” ventures include dreams of finding my voice and identifying creative channels through which to engage and inspire people. On a more concrete level, I want to write a screenplay that sells and stories that resonate, develop a consistent blogging practice, and recover from a knee injury that is keeping me from playing soccer. There are other things as well, but those are the biggies.
I’ve started each of these with some fanfare – to the point where my grandma is waiting patiently for the release date of my new movie (there’s no new movie, by the way…just a decent first draft). When it comes down to it, I haven’t had the staying power to push any of these forward beyond an initial flurry of activity.
So, I did some thinking, and I realized that there are several things that I needed to start practicing on a daily basis in order to make a serious attempt at any of these meaningful endeavors. I know enough to understand that there’s no recipe for success when dealing with following through on your dreams, but I do believe there are certain things we can do to sustain them. And sustaining them, I believe, is the ultimate key to success, whether that means achievement of the dream itself or the undertaking of a truly meaningful journey.
I plan to expand on each of these in coming posts.
What would you add to this list?
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