Resolve, Not Resolutions: Guest Post By Lisis Blackston
Note from Josh: One day I’ll type an article again. Please enjoy this guest post from Lisis Blackston from Quest For Balance. Lisis is a great friend of mine and was one of my earliest supporters. Listen to her! (please)
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” (William B. Sprague)
This year, more than any other, I have noticed a palpable excitement about the change from one year to the next. I don’t know if it is because it’s the start of a new decade, or simply because I am in the right frame of mind to notice all the optimists out there. But I know one thing: this year is different.
Now is the perfect time to stop waiting for something to happen. Now is the time to act, in a BIG way. Many of us have plans for audacious projects, and visions of powerful collaborations. We have new skills, new opportunities, new connections, and enough motivation to finally bring about some much needed change.
I, for one, have a little dream about spreading peace in the world by blurring international borders. It can be achieved, if we work together. The internet is the perfect weapon for our merry band of dreamers and problem solvers.
Are we unrealistic idealists? Maybe, but wasn’t everyone who ever orchestrated a giant leap for mankind?
Are there obstacles that must be overcome? Sure. They are there to test our resolve.
What’s your dream?
Just how badly do you want it? How certain are you that your dream is worth pursuing? If the answer is 100% then NOW is the time to get started.
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” (Samuel Johnson)
Maybe you don’t know where to start.
Do you know what you want to accomplish? Have you understood your heart’s desire? Can you pinpoint the intersection between your talents and the world’s needs? Have you even chosen your goal?
Perhaps you have, but you can’t quite figure out the entire plan just yet, so you’d rather sit and wait until you get all your ducks in a row.
Seriously?! Those darned ducks have impeded more progress than any evil force of nature or dreadful habit of man throughout the history of time.
Forget The Ducks!
Don’t worry about having the perfect plan that accounts for every contingency. Now is not the time to make every single decision. Right now you need to make ONE decision: start something.
Take a first step towards making your dream come true. Even a little, tiny, almost insignificant step will get you closer to achieving your goals, as long as you keep taking those steps every day.
“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” (Lucretius)
I know I probably sound like a giddy cheerleader, hopped up on caffeine, but it’s because I’m THAT serious. I’m pumped. I’m energized. I’m striking the hell out of this iron until it gets good and hot. Let’s start some exciting projects, and make some dreams come true.
What is your big dream for this year, or this decade? What are you convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt is something worth pursuing? Let’s give it a name, and help each other get there.
If I can help you in any way to get a step closer to achieving your goals, please let me know.
This year is all about YOU.
About The Author: Lisis Blackston is a serenely balanced Kumbaya blogger, who is passionate about helping YOU find a simple path to happiness. Her blog, Quest for Balance, has become a community of idealistic dreamers and peaceful revolutionaries, hell bent on making the world a better place. If you need help, you’ll find it there. If you don’t, help someone else.
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