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Celebrate the Journey as well as the Prize

Today is the last day to make the 50K word count for National Novel Writers’ Month. It’s been a fun, challenging experience. The results of this month’s challenge, whether you made the word count or not, are a success. I’ve learned not to measure my success based on a specific result; instead, I look at the journey that occurred between the decision to begin and the ending point. Did I learn something? Am I a better person because of the experience? Did I conquer a fear? What did I gain or loose?

I did make my NaNoWriMo word count, but that’s not the success that I am celebrating. The NaNoWriMo challenge and word count was a catalyst for me to accomplish something that I convinced myself that I couldn’t do. In preparation for the challenge, I studied, read books, and interacted with others embarking on the challenge. I’ve been an accomplished, established, and succesful technical writer for over 15 years, yet my dream has always been to write a novel. For years I’ve started dozens of novels and never finished them. I’ve berated and browbeat myself until I decided that maybe I was not meant to write novels.

During my journey to situate myself for the impending month of November when I would attempt to write 50K words in 30 days, my preliminary preparation uncovered impractical processes, lack of discipline, lack of consistency, and other unproductive habits that I recorded in my writing blog. The process of the NaNoWrMo challenge helped me to learn and adopt processes that work, discipline that produces, and consistency to finish. I had trouble completing previous novels because I was attempting to write a perfect first draft. Because my attention span is short, I need to write in my novel daily to get the idea out in a first draft ASAP. These lessons are invaluable, and even had I not completed the word count, I’d still feel successful because I’ve learned the basics of what I need to move forward with writing novels. They are lessons that I can build on it. Now I can put away those books about how to finish a novel and concentrate on rewriting, structure, and other mechanics of writing a good novel.

Sometimes we don’t reach our intended goals, but we should not judge ourselves or accomplishments based on if we make it to the finish line or not. The journey and the process are to our intended goals are invaluable, yet often overlooked. There are times when we must recognize that what we learn as a result of the journey is the prize and making it to the finish line is an added bonus.

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Do You Have A Plan?

Plan“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind”
(Proverbs 21:5, Message)

A Plan!! That is what my husband and I need now. We must develop a plan. Our life is changing and it’s mostly out of our control…my husband is unemployed and my biggest client required that I take a pay cut. Wow! With this degradation in income, we cannot meet our current expenses. That is not going to work. I am an advocate of living BENEATH my means and not above them.

We are moving from one era to another. The Industrial age is over. If you are looking to be employed by a company to maintain your lively hood, you are going to get left behind, and if you do get a job, you are likely to be overworked. We are now in the Entrepreneurial age. You need a plan for your own business…a way to accumulate your income without depending upon someone else’s business plan.

We do not like being at the mercy of the Nation’s economy and the whims of the corporations. But just as Joel Osteen suggests below, we are coming up with a plan to take control of our livlihood…and you should too. We must be intentional in pursuing our dreams and aspirations. We must envision, believe, plan, and have a contingency plan for obstacles. God wants us to have a plan, but we must incorporate His advice, and have Him bless the plan before we implement it.

Many blessings,
Trina

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

One thing I’ve learned is that success is not accidental. You’re not going to accidentally accomplish your dreams. You don’t accidentally have good relationships. You won’t accidentally lose twenty pounds. You have to have a plan. If you’re going to get to the right destination, you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you are going to get there.

If you’ve ever been at the beach just floating in the water and relaxing,Plan01 you’ll notice that after a while, the current will take you far away. That’s how it is in life, too. If you don’t have clear-cut goals with a plan in place to accomplish those goals, you’re not going to end up at the right place. You’ll just float around in life easily distracted not knowing where you’re headed.

Today, I encourage you to examine where you are in life. What are your goals? What is your plan? Maybe your first goal needs to be to make a plan. Do some research. Talk to people who have been successful at what you are trying to do. Ask the Lord to guide your steps and connect you with the right people. As you step in faith to accomplish your goals, I believe God will pour out His favor so that you can experience His supernatural blessing on everything you set your hand to.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

“Father in heaven, I commit everything I am to You today. Direct my steps. Order my destiny. Give me the plan to accomplish every dream and desire You’ve placed within me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Daily Inspiration 09/08/09

Live Skillfully

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings…”
(Proverbs 22:29, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living.

What are you doing to stretch yourself? What are you doing to improveimproveskills your skills? Don’t get trapped into thinking that “good enough” is good enough. You are created for more than just average. Today is a new day, and there are new heights for you to climb. Pursue what you love and keep developing that area of your life. Take a class or find a mentor that will help you live skillfully. As you do, you’ll rise up higher and higher. You will stand before leaders and rulers, and you’ll live the blessed life God has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

“Father in heaven, today I choose to rise out of mediocrity. I choose to give my very best to everything I do. Teach me to live skillfully so that my life is a continual praise to you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”