“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.”

April 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm 3 comments

Robert H. Schuller, Minister and Author

Have you ever talked yourself out of a dream?  Here’s the scenario: You get this amazing idea, you map it out carefully, your adrenaline is pumping, excited butterflies twitter in your belly, then you vocalize your idea. Maybe you share it with a friend, parent or teacher. The expression on their face is anything but excitement, in fact maybe it is a frown or (horror!) a smirk.

Other people’s opinions can be overcome. But only if you have full belief in your own dreams. If you have doubt or a negative attitude, well, my friend, your dreams will never become reality.

But, Mary Jo, I’m just trying to be realistic, you say.   It was a pretty cool dream , but it could never happen. I don’t have the time, the money or the resources.

OK, I get that.  And we all fall into a slump of doubt. But the key is to get out of that slump.

What works for me is surrounding myself with people who have joy in their lives. They are happy and positive influences on my own thought process.

You should also find a group of like-minded writers. Find a writers group, organization or class where you can reveal your dreams and listen to the dreams of others. Believe me, nothing gives you a boost like talking about your writing with other writers. Check out Capitol City Young Writers, where you can become part of a community of young writers mentored by professional writers in every industry (songwriting, novelists, memoirists, radio broadcasting, etc.) If you’re local to DuPage County, IL, come to my monthly writers groups (see the events page for details).

And, lastly, adopt the motto: Never Give Up! Sometimes, it helps to plow through the rough patches by just chanting nevergiveup, nevergiveup

For more tips on how writers get over those stubborn bumps on the road to success, check out this article, The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful Authors, by Suzanne Harrison   

Or share your ideas here! What do you dream of accomplishing?  Do you need a helpful dose of positive thinking?


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  • 1. Anne Da Vigo  |  May 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    What powerful encouraement you provided by encouraging people to write together! My writers group in Sacramento has been meeting for more than a decade, and in that time we’ve published creative non-fiction, poetry and short stories. Our format is to write together using prompts and read back to each other. That jump-starts our creativity, allows us to learn from each other, and keeps us going on our writing projects. The group also keeps us in touch with the God-given gift of creativity in ourselves and others.

    Anne Da Vigo, co-author
    Coffee and Ink: How a Writers Group Can Nourish Your Creativity

    • 2. writerinspired  |  May 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Anne,
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing the experiences you’ve had with your writers’ group. Your book sounds intriguing. I’d love the chance to interview you for both of my writers’ blogs, if you have time.

  • 3. faisal adam  |  January 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    that is only way we can achieve more common goal but if we didn,t help each other, may be everyone disappeared in his way so what i say is that the cooperation is the best way for all

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