[#Reverb10] Dec. 13: Action

#Reverb10 is a movement to encourage folks to tackle a daily prompt with the intent of reflecting on their year. If you’d like to get involved, it’s not too late! You can backtrack to previous prompts or simply jump in where you are. If you’re interested, you can see all my #reverb10 posts here.


Dec. 13: Action: When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)

I’m getting back into the swing of things with my writing (finally got to change my ticker from zero, thank goodness — didn’t appreciate it taunting me during the outlining phase).  I’ve set some ambitious but not-impossible deadlines for myself that’ll carry me to the end of January.  (I’ll be jumping into the super fun world of querying early next year for a couple of different projects, so I’ve got that to look forward to.)

Let me step up on my soapbox here for a moment, because I believe this is one of the most important concepts to wrap your head around.

I’m a big advocate of doing rather than talking about doing. “Some day” is the enemy of making your dreams a reality. If you want something (to write a novel, to make a movie, to take a trip, to run a marathon, to climb a mountain, etc.), create a plan, and take action. Do something every day that takes you closer to your goals. It’s the only way to get there.

While I felt the movie itself was flawed (but what movie isn’t?), THE ANSWER MAN did have a spectacular bit of wisdom: “The trick is to realize that you’re always doing what you want to do… always. Nobody’s making you do anything. Once you get that, you see that you’re free and that life is really just a series of choices. Nothing happens to you. You choose.”

So, choose wisely and in a manner to support what you want out of life — both what you want to experience and what you want to contribute. Live actively and intentionally. And right now is the perfect time to figure out how you want to do that.

And that’s me stepping down from the soapbox. Happy Monday.

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4 thoughts on “[#Reverb10] Dec. 13: Action

  1. Stuart says:

    As someone who’s always surrounded themselves with the sarcastic and the sneering, I often find what you have to say genuinely inspiring. I don’t mean that in a weird way, but it’s refreshing, because it’s obvious that you really mean it, and also that you’re actually speaking from experience. You’d make a great motivational speaker, if you get bored of the whole fiction thing. Like Tony Robbins, but without the giganticism.

    • ditty1013 says:

      The problem is, in real life, I tend to come across as more “unbearably earnest” than “motivational,” I think. 😉 But I do really appreciate your comment. Once again, you’re too sweet.

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