STARTING OVER

Keeping with the theme of the fast approaching new year, I want to talk about starting over. Maybe it’s not as difficult as we make it out to be.

A friend commented about having an empty bank account and starting the new year with a clean slate. With a clean slate, the possibilities are endless. New year, time to replenish the resources and move in the direction that we intend to go. Without that focus, we float around without a sail to guide us in the direction we want to go.

Often, we treat a goal like a task and something to Che k off of our list. It’s more of a guide, like a sail. It keeps us moving in the direction we want to go. For instance if the ultimate destination is to retire then we set goals such as “I’ll save X amount each month.,” that will move us in that direction.

My vision is to earn income as a writer, in order to do that I have to change moldered certain steps. I have to understand that it’s not going to happen overnight. I don’t know how the income will come to me, but I know if I do nothing, nothing happens. I’ve set goals to move me toward my vision.

One goal is to complete the second draft of the novel I’m working on. Next is to edit it, then publish it. Once the book is on the market, there is no guarantee that one copy will sell. I can set the goal and complete the steps to attain it but I can’t control the outcome so it’s better that I work on the things I can control and stick with my plan.

Who knows if any books will sell? I don’t have that answer, but I know if it isn’t written no one can read it. There’s no sense in giving up before trying. No matter the outcome, it won’t be a failure because the only failure is not trying.

Go ahead and start with a clean slate. Remember, nature abhors a vacuum. Wipe the old year clean and full your new year with all the good things that life has to offer. If you don’t pick the fruit it will die on the vine and your storehouse will sit empty until nature fills it with something you may not want.

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