On the way home from my tennis match this evening, I was ruminating on how it’s so interesting that when you put your mind to something the Universe begins to line up to make it happen. Recently I’ve decided to be more intentional about pursuing my passion for writing. I even halfway joked to my friend Dawn that I am going to be the next Sophie Kinsella, one of my favorite authors. She just released her newest book My Not So Perfect Life which just happened to arrive on my doorstep today from Amazon. Wheeee!! Can’t wait to read it!
As soon as I had made this declaration to the Universe, the doors started to fly open. At lunch earlier this week, Dawn suggested that we embark on a 500 Words a Day Challenge for which I gladly accepted and I am happy to report have successfully completed 3 whole days. I actually have written more than 500 words on each day! Go me! Then, I received an email from Kristen Lamb, an author’s blog I follow, with a wonderful post about being a hobbyist or a professional writer including a link at the bottom for a webinar on plotting which is exactly what I need for my novel right at this very moment. It’s tomorrow night from 7-9 p.m. and I am so there. And finally, my sweet mother-in-law tagged me on Facebook with a call for a writing internship for which I plan on applying.
They key to getting what you want is to decide what you desire, declare it to the Universe, and open your heart and mind to all the possibilities that may come your way.
You don’t have to see a clear path to the end result or even know how you will get there. I love Jack Canfield’s book The Success Principles. In it he gives a great example of this that I have never forgotten. He says that you can drive all the way from New York to California in the dark only being able to see the road about two hundred feet ahead. If you just keep following your headlights, the next two hundred feet, and the next will unfold and eventually you will get to where you want to go. His analogy is that this is how life unfolds and that if you keep going you will eventually get to your destination. In fact, this may be a call to read over his book again and apply his principles to my new goal!
Belief plays a big role in this as well.
You have to believe in yourself and your ability to make it happen. A lack of belief can stall out this process and the doors of opportunity can close. Did you know that J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was turned down by 12 publishers? Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers of our time, had gotten so many rejection letters for his novel, Carrie, that he had thrown it in the trash. Thankfully his wife had belief and fished it out! Even The Beatles were turned down by several record companies before being signed. There’s definitely going to be a lot of ups and downs, but all these detours are just taking you on an alternate route to where you need to be. You have to have faith that you ARE going to get there eventually even when you run out of gas or get a flat tire.
So, here I am declaring my intention to write, write, and write some more! I know the Universe will put opportunities in front of me and I’m ready to accept them with open arms. And a sizable book advance. *wink wink*