As I am sitting here today, I am thinking about November.  One week from today, I will start NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.  I love to write but have never been able to sustain the 50,000 words that are the goal for NaNoWriMo in a 30 day time period.  It is possible that I only ended up with 14,000 plus the first time I did this because I stopped.  I was typing along each morning and when work was slow until November 14th.  I would have to go back and look at my calendar to see what happened around that time but I just couldn’t go further.

Today, I received an email that said to start telling your friends about what you are doing next month.  I have been more forthcoming this year about the fact that I am doing NaNoWriMo than I was last year.  Maybe it was a lack of support that made me suddenly stop.  I do not know.  All I know is this year I will get the words I need.

One item that is going to help me get through the month is a quote I just recently read.  “The things that are hard to bear, are sweet to remember,” from Lucius Annaeus Seneca.  This quote is so true.  As we work through steps to reach our goals, we spend time and effort to get to these goals.  While the time and effort, the trip may be difficult, you do these difficult steps to reach the final goal.  That goal is so much better when you get to it as you remember the sweat and tears, the toil you have put into the goal.

Along with the quote came a reflection.  As you work towards whatever goal you have in front of you – finishing a paper for school, getting in shape, losing weight, writing 50,000 words in 30 days, come back and read this reflection frequently because it truly says it all.

The sweetness of reflecting on a dream

Setting goals is easy. The tough part is putting time and hard work into realizing those dreams. The energy you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams is directly related to the probability of achieving them. Above all, be patient with the situation and with yourself. Don’t lose your way by being blinded by disappointment, frustrations, and failures. Ponder the goals in your life and the obstacles you might face. Make appropriate plans to overcome those roadblocks even before they occur. Think of the reward of reflecting on a goal you have reached, rather than one you failed to see through. Most big dreams involve big effort!

Here’s hoping you can reach your goals!

The sweetness of reflecting on a dream
Setting goals is easy. The tough part is putting time and hard work into realizing those dreams. The energy you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams is directly related to the probability of achieving them. Above all, be patient with the situation and with yourself. Don’t lose your way by being blinded by disappointment, frustrations, and failures. Ponder the goals in your life and the obstacles you might face. Make appropriate plans to overcome those roadblocks even before they occur. Think of the reward of reflecting on a goal you have reached, rather than one you failed to see through. Most big dreams involve big effortThe sweetness of reflecting on a dream
Setting goals is easy. The tough part is putting time and hard work into realizing those dreams. The energy you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams is directly related to the probability of achieving them. Above all, be patient with the situation and with yourself. Don’t lose your way by being blinded by disappointment, frustrations, and failures. Ponder the goals in your life and the obstacles you might face. Make appropriate plans to overcome those roadblocks even before they occur. Think of the reward of reflecting on a goal you have reached, rather than one you failed to see through. Most big dreams involve big effort!
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