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I read a lot (not as much as I’d like, but probably more than most).  Readers are leaders.  Leaders are readers.  That’s what they say, right?

Currently, one of the books I’m reading is this one: Be Awakened–A New You in 40 Days by Adam Davis.  It’s a simple format in that you read a short story and commentary and then there are simple action steps to take.  Simple and easy are not the same things.  I have been doing the steps each day.  I’ve chewed on the answers to questions like “How are you stronger today because of what you have endured?” or “Why are you choosing to not pursue your dreams?” You know, easy stuff like that.  It’s forcing me to take an honest look at what it is I have been given, what I want with that, and where I want to go.  But like any other course or activity, I will only get out of it what I put into it.

When I reached chapter 12, where we begin talking about long term planning and setting some goals, I was tempted to short cut. Sure, I have goals.  I have plans to get there, but something happens when I get specific and I plan out steps to get there.  For example, my hubby and I are planning to get out of debt.  I’d venture to say we want to get out of debt this year.  Okay, I want to get out of debt this year…and I’m pretty sure hubby is supportive of that goal.  However, until we create a specific goal and plan, it’s just a wish.  It takes having a specific plan to realize that in order to pay off $20,000 this year we will need to pay off about $2,000 each month for the remainder of the year…and that’s on top of our regular budget.  Okay, now we’re talking.  How am I going to come up with an extra $2,000 a month?  That’s a very different idea than “I want to be out of debt this year.”

Goals are important.  Dreams are important, but have specific steps and a plan is critical.

Make it a beautiful day, friends.

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Be Awakened book cover