My husband and I rarely read a book together --I hate how he places his bookmark--if I accidentally move it, I never hear the end of it. (Why is it I can find my place easily but he needs the last line and paragraph he read practically highlighted?)
But when I saw Put Your Dream to the Test but John Maxwell, I figured I could overcome a little adversity.Maxwell is my husband's favorite author and since I believe that discovering your dream should be a person's top priority in life, I jumped.
My personal dream is to become the best writer I can and hopefully make a difference in other's lives by doing it. On top of that, I'd love to learn to be a speaker where I can share with others how they can accomplish their dreams to write too.
Big order I know.
Something Maxwell wrote struck me:
If you want to achieve your dream, you need to read the find print.
The journey will take longer than you hoped.
The obstacles will be more numerous that you believed.
The disappontments will be greater than you expected.
The lows will be lower than you imagined.
The price will be higher than you anticipated.
I've been on this journey for more than four years already. I've experienced my share of rejections and disappointment from publishers and agents. I've been unable to attend some conferences due to cost, and I've had to step out of my box to start a writers group I really needed. The fine print is starting to make sense. But where's the good news?
But then Maxwell goes on to say that if we are to achieve our dreams, we need to be realistic about them.
Did I ever think the first manuscript I sent in to a publisher would be accepted?
A nod. Of course I did. That's part of my dreaming. But then I need to consider reality.
Did I really submit my best? Did I learn about the mechanics of writing? Did I learn about editing techniques? Did I proofread it all again or have someone else critique it for me? Was I open to learning?
Where are you today in your dream? First, have you figured out what it is? And if you have, are you prepared for the steps you might have to take to get thereto take the steps to get there?
Your dream should be bigger than you, but like anything we do in life, it will take hard work. Are you prepared for the fine print?