I had an epiphany the other day. I realized that my dreams generally come true only when I believe they will. By the same token, if I set a goal but don’t really believe I’ll reach it…well, duh. Of course, I won’t reach it.
For example, year after year, I’ve set the same goal—to get up early and start my day by writing. So many other writers swear by this practice, getting a lot done in those quiet, uninterrupted early-morning hours. It sounds like such a great way to set the tone for the rest of the day, by being productive and accomplishing something important to you right off the bat.
But, there’s one problem. I’m not a morning person. Deep down, I know this. So, deep down I must know that an early-morning writing habit is not really doable for me. No matter how many times I write this intention in my journal (“I’m going to start going to bed earlier, and get up at 6:00 and write for an hour, etc. etc.”), there’s a part of me that knows it’s just not gonna happen.
And, so it hasn’t.
Now, if I were to change my belief… If I were to stop saying “I’m not a morning person,” maybe the result would be different. (Of course, I’d have to really WANT to change in order to alter the belief. That's a whole other story.)
It all comes down to those fundamental, way-down-deep, core beliefs.
When I consider the things I HAVE accomplished, I realize I believed those accomplishments were possible. I may have had doubts and fears. (Okay, I definitely had doubts and fears.) But, deep down, I believed.
In fact, I think you can hold a belief even when you’re not sure how in the heck it will all work out. That's kind of how I proceeded down the path to publication. It may have taken a while, but once I started believing I could be published, things started to happen.
In recent weeks, you probably noticed multiple exhortations to believe: believe in Christmas, believe in Santa, believe in the magic of Macy’s. Josh Groban, beautiful soul, reminds us we have everything we need if we “just believe.”
At this point, as with Christmas music fatigue, you might be tired of being told to believe. Buzz words have a way of losing their meaning with overuse.
But, for me, this word has taken on a fresh importance as I think about the coming year. That's why I’ve chosen “Believe” as my next “Word of the Year.” If I want to continue growing as a writer and reach higher levels in my life, I’ve got to believe that I can.
What do you believe is possible for you in the coming year?
A nature-loving, mystery-reading, magic-seeking, daydreaming kinda gal, Jennifer is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries.