The best way to predict your future

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Abraham Lincoln said that. Dude was a genius and a visionary. Today I was reminded just how important it is to follow this motto.

It’s been two years since I’ve started this blog. On a whim, I’ve decided to have a look at my very first post. I had to read it twice, and I was completely overcome by the complex emotions that could only be expressed by “OMG!” and “no way!”

My dream two years ago was for someone to read my not-yet-written book, close it, and want to read more. This is exactly what has happened: I’ve finished a novel, I’ve published it, and, according to Amazon reviews and comments on this blog, people want to read the next installment. Exactly as I have wished for/predicted in that very first post.

Be still, my heart, I have another wish to make:

By 16 October 2017, I want to quit my corporate job and become a full-time writer.

There. The power of intent, and all that. Thank you all for helping make my first dream come true – I gotta go start working on this next one.

Big, big hugs.

 

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50 responses to “The best way to predict your future

  1. Congratulations, and good luck.

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  2. Great job!!! I too hope to find my way out of a day job someday. If I can find a way to have a self-sustaining income from writing, or whatever, I would move to the middle of the mountains. I don’t know how people live up there and commute to a city or something to work.

    Good luck. Look forward to reading your book.

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  3. I’m right with you! You can do it!! Can I ask what your corporate job is? I’m always curious what routes creative people take in the corporate world. We only seem to be able to find certain niches that “work”.

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    • My regular job is a corporate middle management – all about drafting strategies and trying to crunch financials. In my previous life I was a scientist – I even have a Ph.D. I think I just get excited too easily and try things, then give them up. I was once a registered Landscape Architect, too 🙂 no focus in life, haha!

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  4. Wishing you every success. Godspeed!

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  5. olivia barrington

    Your dream reminds me of Jim Carrey. He wrote himself a check for a million dollars and put a specific date on it when he first started his career to achieve his dream. By that date he had earned his first million. He still has that check to this day. If you write down your goals and dreams you will see them come to fruition. From what I have read on your blog there is no doubt you will achieve this goal and more. You have a gift for writing and I think you will take it far beyond this novel and character. You have a love for this craft and life that comes thru in your blog. You need to write a novel about your life because reading about what you have done in your blog is interesting and the writing is exceptional and the flow is natural. You have a gift and life is to short to waste it. Live your dream. I’ll be cheering for you!

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    • I’ve heard this same story. Back when I was just starting out in my career, my boss asked me where I saw myself in 5 years. I laughed and told him I would have his job. Almost 5 years to the day, I did (he left for other opportunities and the position opened up). I am a believer in that by naming our goals, they become easier to achieve. Good luck!

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    • Wow, that’s quite a story!

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    • Thank you, Olivia! That’s amazing to hear – I won’t give up, and I do hope to become better and better. I also hope to inspire others to have fun with life and to dream big – I was 34 when I finally “got” that you can create your own reality, I hope I can prove to others, especially youngsters, that it’s true 🙂

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  6. Never underestimate the power of writing down your dreams so that the universe will listen….. (FYI, I am inclined to believe that there is some truth to the law of attraction.) Congratulations! I’m looking forward to following your progress! 😉

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  7. Congrats! Wow that’s quite a dream. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise 🙂

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  8. Reblogged this on A Writing Mama's Journal and commented:
    I love this, so I had to share it. Ana’s story is an inspiring example of the law of attraction at work. Two years ago, this upcoming writer posted her first blog entry and clearly described her goals. Today, she has achieved her goals. Write down your dreams. Envision yourself achieving them. This can happen to you too. You go, Ana!!!

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  9. I agree, you go girl!
    How inspiring is your story. Not a small feat to get a book published these days. And you did it! I have aspirations that are more like pipe dreams.

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    • Thank you, and keep aspiring! They all feel like pipe dreams before you make them come true. My first one, twenty years ago was to win a scholarship to study abroad. I was in Ukraine, a nobody, and I kept coming close, but not getting the cigar. I persisted for a year, and finally won a fully paid scholarship to study in the US. My life was never the same after that. Was that a pipe dream? Yes, but I made it a reality.

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  10. This must be the best feeling 🙂

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  11. This is inspiring to read and well done!! Absolutely brilliant and I’m sure you’ll get there by 2017.

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  12. Bravo. Clap Clap.
    I am exactly in the same situation that you were two years ago.

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  13. I hope you reach your goal!

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  14. Congrats to you and good luck!

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  17. I had to come back for another round here.

    I absolutely love the quote: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

    That says a lot. But its so true. We CAN create our own future. Ana you set your goal and went for it head first and came out on top. Not sure if I would’ve had the same amount of determination. How did you pull it off? I think a lot of us are dreamers. Yet those dreams seem to remain the same. Just dreams. Then there are those who make their dreams a reality. The bar is so high I don’t even want to jump. At this point, I just want to get the story out of my head onto the page/blog. Know what I mean?

    Happy writing!
    Benjamin

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    • Hi, Benjamin! Thank you. You made me feel both happy and sad. Happy because it seems that my story is inspirational to you and others, and sad because while you are cheering for me, you are not cheering on yourself. I think the difference between dream just staying a dream, and it becoming a reality in a bit of self-belief, a plan, and (sorry, this is true), daily grind. I hope you make a plan for your dream. If it is to finish and publish a story, then the plan is deceptively simple – work on it every day for an hour or two. Doesnt matter if youre not inspired, or busy, or not sure what to write, just sit down and do it. Then edit. and edit. and edit some more. then format and publish. That’s the bones of it. It doesn’t even have to take two years – just start today 🙂

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  18. cb

    Get the next book written, then the next, then the next, then sign the movie contract and/or the TV series contract.

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  19. My motto for life, “Write it down, Make it happen !!!” Blessings ❤

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  20. The Power of Positive Thinking, Ana.
    Best,

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  21. xxalkos

    Determined determinism! Good luck Ana.

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  22. Awesome! It all starts with the thoughts. Best of thought ~

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