It’s funny how things happen right when you need them most. Last night this book fell upon me, literally, whiles I cleared toys up from the floor (again). When is a ‘toy clearer-upper’ machine going to be invented I ask you?! Hmmm maybe one to add to my plan!!!
Anyway, I think I must have picked this self help book up in a charity shop years ago (this is the latest cover, mine is a retro style Green number with the author Tommy Newberry grinning at me)… and never quite got round to reading it. Well last night I did…
OK not page for page (it was the XFactor final after all) but I did read a lot of it and scanning counts as reading too doesn’t it?
What’s important is I grasped the important tips and set about to writing a personal and creative plan, putting pen to paper (not finger to computer) my goals, needs, wants and hopes. And by ‘my’, I also mean for my family too, as being the Mama, my choices affect them directly and it goes without saying that my life certainly revolves around those little people.
The book is easy to dip in and out of (perfect for busy parents) with lots of useful visualisation exercises and questions posed that encourage you to reflect and pinpoint your goals, along with personal mission statement worksheets and ways of understanding your definition of success.
My definition has definitely changed since children as has the work I’ve chosen to pursue. Writing is my focus currently with two blogs and a TV project but filmmaking is still within me and something I will return to, on my terms. I also have other aspirations, different career goals and I truly feel excited about moving in new directions too, as I have been over the last year.
This book hasn’t really given me the confidence per se, it’s just reminded me to keep dreaming and putting in the work to achieving those dreams!
So I have a plan, Stan- for my eyes only, to help me refocus, streamline and remember the things I want and WILL (go Mama!) achieve.
Of course I hope for greater happiness, health and success for me and mine and things I need to get better at, is saying no more often, focusing on the work I need and want to do, and create a stricter schedule that helps me structure my freelance work better. The midnight oil needs to stop burning! Well not every night at least! (See, I’m trying)!
I’m willing to put the work in (and necessary relaxation) because according to the book, success is not an accident and I’m starting to believe just that…
Have you compiled a creative and personal plan?