Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Looking Forward, Not Back

by Maggie Sefton

I just saw this quote a couple of days ago. It's a quote from Stephen Covey for the New Year:

"I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past."

I agree with Stephen Covey. Years ago, my dream was to create an entirely new life out of my imagination. My dream was to become a successful published novelist, supporting myself financially with my writing. I have accomplished that.

Was it easy? Heck, no. It was hard. Darn hard. A lot of hard work, late nights, lack of sleep, and doing without. Doing without a lot of things---new clothes, semi-luxuries, travel, even food, sometimes. Just a few years ago, when my frugal budget monthly allocation ran out before month's end, I lived on peanut butter, bread, and milk. Boring, yes, but nutritious. Dogs never did without. I always had enough food for them. :)

But through it all I never lost my dream. I KNEW inside I could do it, even before I sold my Kelly Flynn mystery series. So, I kept working.

I believe we CAN achieve our dreams and re-create our lives. I've met lots of people who've done it. It's not easy, but, boy. . .is it worth it. It also involves risk. More about that in another post. But one of the points Covey makes in that quote is we also have to be willing to surrender our limiting past. I've learned that some people can't do that. They've used their past experiences to define themselves for so long, they don't know how to give that up. Who would they be? Well. . . I think that's Covey's point. We're all free to create new lives for ourselves out of our "limitless potential." But that requires looking forward.

I realize this post is a little different than most that I've written for Cozy Chicks. Blame it on the New Year. Or, January. I'll be posting more about January next week. But, I would be curious to know how many of you agree that we are free to re-create ourselves if we choose. If not, what's stopping us?