No, no, no. This is all wrong. In Chapter 4 of Write It Down, Make It Happen, author Henriette Anne Klauser quotes 20th century inspirational guru Napoleon Hill as saying:
“No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish.”
I’m amazed how much my perspective changes when I really think about those two little sentences. The words completely turn around my thinking. If I make my writing as solid as possible and work hard to craft a compelling narrative, then I should believe that my writing will find a wider audience. I no longer have to turn a blind eye and hope and wish that people will want to read my writing.
That mantra works for everything, no matter what you do. It applies to writing, of course, but also to any creative or business endeavor.
If you have a spiritual foundation, then you believe God has a plan for you. You don’t just hope for that or wish it.
Let me know what you’re going to start to believe in.
LIsa Simons said:
I BELIEVE I can quit my day job next year to focus on writing. 🙂
YES! That’s what I’m talking about!
But believing in God doesn’t make him/it any more true than if you hope or wish God is true. God either is real or he/it is not. Believing has no effect on that. Your belief that God has a plan for you is then completely wrong if God does not exist. (And it’s not necessarily true, either, if God does exist. He may exist, but not in the form you think/wish/believe he/it does, and may not actually have a plan for you.)
Thanks for your thoughts on this.