I was sitting at church yesterday and somebody hit me with this little gem.
We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
I do not know if this is their quote or if they were quoting someone else, but credit goes to whomever said it.
This quote reminded me of something my grandfather always said, "You dress for the job you want, not the job you have."
Each of these quotes seem to be saying that we can become what we want to be, just by pretending to already be whatever it is we want. Or maybe not pretending, but striving, living the goal. So, if you want to be a writer, you write. If you want to be a dancer, you dance, If you want to be a doctor or lawyer or chef, start now, practice now, take classes now. Live it to become it.
You know the old adage "Practice makes Perfect".
You'll never reach your goal by sitting on the couch and dreaming.
One of the things I liked about the first quote was "each day". Writing one story, one paragraph, isn't enough. You need to keep doing it, keep improving, keep living it consistently. I'm not a stanch believer in the 'you have to write EVERY DAY to be a writer or you'll never succeed' mentality. Sometimes life interferes. And sometimes a field needs to lie fallow so it doesn't get overtaxed and loose all creativity. But you must be consistent to whatever schedule you devise. You must make time. Start now, or your dreams will pass you by without you becoming what you want to be.
That's so true that you become what you do. Last year when we moved, I made a point of converting our new yard into a garden. I planted some seeds and watered them regularly, but I was still reluctant to call what I was doing gardening. Some plants turned out good, others not so much. But I'm still working at it, and about a year later, I now comfortably tell others I garden as a hobby.ReplyDelete
So true. We can't get anywhere without going the distance first. It'd be nice to have a map though ;)ReplyDelete
Your realization is so true. We have to live what we want now.ReplyDelete
Such a timely reminder. I need to hear this at least once a day!ReplyDelete
I love that quote! I'll keep practicing my writing. I promise! ;-)ReplyDelete
Excellent quote, Spesh. Hoping your trek down the highway is going well. :0)ReplyDelete
That was beautiful! Not only did you encourage me to be a writer, you freed me from the guilt of not writing every day. I'm so glad I stopped by today.ReplyDelete
Yes! This is the sort of thing I feel like saying to people who say things like 'some day I'll write a story...'ReplyDelete
My grandmother always told me, "You are what you pretend to be."ReplyDelete
Pretend you are what you want to be and eventually you will become it.
I love the first quote and your grandfather's. They're helpful, and so immediate, and so proactive. There is no 'someday' - it all starts now.ReplyDelete