“A change is as good as a rest”. My father used to say that a lot.
Lately I’ve been really tired. I thought I needed a rest. A vacation. And so I told some friends, “I’d like to take a vacation where I don’t have to travel every day. Where I get to sleep in the same comfy bed every night. Where I don’t have to cook, or clean, or make the bed.”
The next day I learned that my attendance at a set of weekend meetings wasn’t required. But I’d already booked the time off, reserved a hotel, and bought tickets to a museum in the area.
What to do?
Wait a minute. I was just saying I needed a vacation. Yippee!
Suddenly I was re-energized. I buckled down and accomplished a lot in one day. Caught up on my correspondence, cleaned out my email inbox, wrote some blogs that were due, and generally felt a lot better about myself, my schedule, and my workload.
Do you need a rest? Maybe all you really need is a “change”. And while I wish I’d said I’d like to spend my vacation somewhere warm, like on a beach, I’ll take what I’ve been given.
So if you need to make a “change”, my first suggestion would be: be specific. There is nothing wrong with spelling out exactly what you want. Maybe a new car. Well, describe it. Perhaps you need a new house. Write down how many bedrooms, how many levels, even the color if you know it. Maybe lose weight. Decide what your ideal weight goal is.
Next, decide what the first step is to achieve your goal. If you want a new car, perhaps you need to start saving. A new house? Go to open houses in the area you’d like to live in. Lose weight? Decide what foods tempt you and get them out of the house.
Third step would be to visualize your change. Find pictures of that new car or new house. Post pictures of outfits you’d like to wear or the cruise ship you’ll sail on when you can fit into a sleeker swimsuit.
Finally, do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. Need to save more money faster? What can you sell? What service can you cancel? Maybe you don’t need a landline telephone and a cell phone. Maybe you can live without cable for a while. Don’t want flabby skin after you reach your weight loss goal? Maybe you can walk some each day. Get up early and do some stretches. Join a gym.
Whatever your “change” is, you won’t achieve it if you don’t start. So start dreaming today, and tomorrow, put some action behind your dreams.
Question for readers: What is your “change”? It doesn’t have to be something as big as a new car or house, or even a beach vacation or weight loss. Maybe you just want to get up 30 minutes earlier so you can _________ (fill in the blank).
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, a 9-in-1 novella collection titled “Pony Express Romance Collection” released April 1. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.
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