Follow Your Dreams

50 lessons

Today I am Continuing  what I have learned from the book 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson.

Just because we have goals with actionable steps does not make life as smooth as the Saragossa Sea. There are those rough spots in life where we need inspiration to keep us moving forward through the challenging times and beyond them. Visualization tools can help get us through these difficult times.

One visualization tool can be a physical photo of your goal. For instance, my visualization picture is the new photograph that  have had taken as my author photo on my book. It is also my photo in my signature at the bottom of this post. Looking at the photo inspires me to try to continue to try strive toward the image of a prosperous, productive author.

Using Our Day Dreams Constructively

One visualization tool that we can use is daydreaming, but not in the sense that we use daydreaming to escape reality. Rather, we should use it to inspire us to picture what we want our future to look like. Imagine your goal coming to fruition. Imagine every aspect of that goal. Imagine through every sense. See it, Hear it. Smell it. Taste it, and especially feel it. Feel the exhilaration.

Now take that feeling and apply it to imagining your next step. Imagine that step going perfectly. Imagine working through a problem related to that next step.


Fall In Love With Your Dreams

Do you remember when you first fell in love. I do. Every waking hour I would think about the object of my affection. I would feel bliss whenever I thought about him. Every time I was not with him, I would count the hours until I could see him again. I’ll stay out and talk with him for hours. Sleep is the last thing that I want to be doing when I am in love.

That’s the way it is when a person falls in love with his or her dreams. My dreams are like that. When I have to do something that does not relate to my dreams, I am looking forward to getting back to those dreams. when I go to bed at night I actually look forward to getting back to working on my dreams.Do your dreams excite you like this? Are you so in love with your dreams that when the alarm goes off in the morning, you can’t wait to jump out of bed and get started? Are you willing to work for hours toward making those dreams a reality? If so, you have found your passion. If not, perhaps you should keep looking for that kind of love.

Get obsessed with things that surround your passion. Search out music that inspires you toward your goals. Look for movies and literature that motivate you toward success. Write down new ideas and follow the inspiration wherever it leads.


Following My Passion Is Not Always A Bump Free Journey


Just because we want to do something does not mean that it is always an easy road. Back when I was in High School, I failed t typing. Because I knew that typing was a necessary ability for a writer, I knew that I had to get proficient at typing. Though I failed typing in high school, as an adult I discovered an online typing course from which I learned what I didn’t learn in high school. Now I prefer to type all my writing directly onto the computer. I don’t think about the letters that I write any more. I just do it. My personal learning style is simply more conducive to online learning than in a classroom environment which is probably why I graduated with honors in an online college program.

Another course I failed in school was French. About a year ago I discovered Duolingo and immediately began to learn Spanish.  In August I will finish the Spanish program and the next language I plan it take up is French again.  Because I was successful at learning the Spanish lang uage, I know that Iwill be ready to tackle French again.

When I wrote my first novel, at first I tried to go the traditional route. It was at the time of the most recent crash when most traditional houses were downsizing.and no one was interested in the books that I was writing. I tried about one hundred literary agents and publishing houses before I finally decided to self-publish. Through trial and error, mostly error, I have been learning the ins and outs of publishing as an indie publisher.

Therefore, I have been learning to ward off apathy and have held tight to my dreams. I have surrounded myself with visual aids that inspire me  to continue the pursuit of my dreams. I am a self published author because I did not quit. I fell in love with my dreams and despite set back, I have never looked back.


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Photo by Joyce Bohm Photography


Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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