We have so many dreams inside of us. Big dreams stewing inside of us. Sometimes they set us on fire, sometimes they set up us for disappointment as we look at the obstacles in our path.
I’ve just come from reading Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian and her words instilled in me a new hope for my dreams. Mind Platter is a recent gift from a friend to me. Thank you, Naomi. It has instilled a new sense of fondness towards writing. Maybe it can do the same for you. This is what Najwa says in her book:
When you make a wish, believe that it is going to happen. Put it in your heart next to your passion. Next to honesty to yourself and others. Next to consideration for yourself and others. Next to believing in yourself and others. And so that the wish will be the perfect gift when it is granted to you, wrap it from the beginning with the bow of hard work and determination. Don’t ever make a wish and leave it, because it will leave you too. If you can’t do anything about it, then start with your heart. Believe that you are worth that wish coming true so that you can be worthy of it. ~ Najwa Zebian.
Have You Left Your Wishes and Dreams?
Maybe you wrote them down once and forgot about them. In a different book. We’re almost 90 days into 2020. Take your resolutions, read your wishes, gather your dreams and nurture them with hard work and determination.
Take them out and look at your dreams daily, let those writings be the fuel with which you pursue your dreams. And the fire that guides your soul. The universe and your Higher power are with you to see that you’ll accomplish them, only if you go back.
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. ~Habakkuk 2:3
When I don’t get the results I anticipated, I feel disappointed. Sometimes it’s best to go back to the drawing board and remind ourselves why we started. I do this on a daily basis as I need to remind myself that I’m on the right path.
What Are Your Wishes and Dreams?
Are you aware of your dreams and wishes? Are you in tune with your spirit and soul? As writers and creatives, we’re more aware and in tune than we should be. At times, what is in us is the polar opposite of what our reality is. We don’t know how to bridge the two.
As a matter of fact, does anyone?
A lot of creatives struggle with mental health. Someone recently made a comment, in the lines of, you know how creatives are. One day I will talk about mental health. In old age, I will speak on mental health. For now, I’m not wise enough.
Don’t let your emotions paralyse you against going after your dreams. Stop worrying about the results before you begin working on the project. Turn off your emotions and create.
Are You Too Harsh on Yourself?
In your years of writing and creating, you might have gotten oohs and aahs over something that took 5 minutes to create.
How do you do that? They asked. At that moment, you realised you don’t take yourself seriously and you’re too harsh on yourself.
Be kinder to your creative soul. Your pour and give and create and disrupt and all the words with a buzz.
- Take more water and snacks.
- Have more power naps.
- Organize for cookouts with people that lift you up.
- Read books that will energize you, like Mind Platters by Najwa or My Utmost For His Highest if you’re a believer.
- Go where you are wanted.
- Wear good clothes and live out your true style like Shaunta Grimes is doing.
- Simply put, feed your soul and your body instead of being harsh. Only then will you create more.
Are You Determined Enough?
I have a friend who goes all beast mode into his dreams. The idea, he says, is to fail differently. Are you determined to fail? Mark Cuban, in his interview with Steve Harvey, says that you only have to succeed once, then they’ll call you an overnight success, never mind the years of hard work.
I know you are anticipating for success. We all are. Find one thing to be courageous about it every day, then you’ll fail differently.
My dream is to be a full-time writer and data analyst. To quit trading time for money and free up my time.
It’s a dream I nurture diligently by writing on Medium. Getting rejected by top Medium publications and having articles die a quick death after publishing. I have a personal blog that I market on Pinterest like a maniac. It’s still not where I want it to be.
Still, I show up and pamper my wishes with zeal and determination. Thanks, Najwa for the reminder.
How do you remind yourself of your dreams?