Saturday, December 29, 2007

My ONE Wish for 2008

Personally, I've sworn off wishing. But, okay...if we're wishing, here's mine: I wish for every word that shows up on my Word doc to be pure genius the first time out. What a beautiful wish. Sigh.

Oh, and world peace and all that too; but Heather only gave us ONE wish. (What's up with that, anyway? I thought all good genies give 3 minimum.)

Joking aside, there’s the ONE thing I’ll do in 2008 that will make all the difference in my professional and personal success.

I’m going to watch my language. (But I don’t mean cussing, because we all know what I’m going to say the next time I stub my toe.)

Have you ever noticed that when you say things over and over, those words start to define you? Become a part of you? What we say about ourselves directly influences who we become. And so I will watch what I say about myself, both internally and outwardly.

Here's a lovely quote that illustrates exactly what I mean. Like so many of the great ones, it's unclear to whom it should be attributed. And just because you first got this in some spam from your sweet Aunt Martha doesn’t mean it’s any less true. (And rest assured that nothing bad will happen to you if you don’t forward it to at least 10 of the editors in your address book!)

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

So, there you go. My ONE believing plan for 2008 is to use my words to communicate – to myself and to the world - the put-together, confident person I really am. :)

Carolyn

4 comments:

TheUnstickingCoach said...

God wish Caro!

I'm going to cheat.

My one wish for all my Writing Momma pals is "a maid" to do all the drudgy work so y'all can focus on writing.

My one wish for me is to be more forgiving of myself and others (especially them).

Lyle

Kai said...

that's a great one Carolyn!
I wander around constantly questioning myself - but I'm slowly looking at the fact that I've got completly the WRONG impression of who and what I am, and I'm far too hard on myself. Its only took me 29 years.
Though, I wanted to say, I think you're a wonderful, amazing writer, and I look up to you. And no, I'm not sucking up ;)

Carolyn Erickson said...

Lyle - don't take away my housework! It's the only thing that makes me want to get back to my writing! :D

Kai - Suck up. :P (JK!)

I have another great quote for you: "We are where we are today because of our believing (i.e. what we've believed); We will be tomorrow where our believing takes us."

I love that quote because it reminds me I'm responsible for my current condition, but it also reminds me I can, to a great degree, determine my own future.

Nicole said...

I searched for the author and got Frank Outlaw on more than one site. So, that might be right. Loved the quote. Thanks.