As the year was about to end and turn from 2019 to 2020, I began to engage in what could be a critical, yet content conversation with regards to a decade that has now been lived. Whilst the thoughts were some sort of personal acceptance to the numerical change of the year; as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, I found myself in a struggle. Feeling that I was not mentally prepared for the year to end. So quickly I was comforted to know that there were other parts of the Western hemisphere, who were still in the year 2019. As I utilized another hour to grasp with the numerical shift. I too myself was quite surprised at my reaction, but I think the reaction is spurred from the pace of life, focusing on the many facets of life and lack of preparation. This is particularly why I decide to decorate for Christmas early, and keep the decorations on for a couple of weeks even after the festive days, for religious purposes, but also to be able to enjoy, take in and feel the spirt of the season. I guess this thought and action goes for any season / celebration, that one celebrates and chooses to embrace.
idea of thought as a period of conception, to the actual manifestation of a dream, which transpires to perception. #SHAZIBLOG #QUOTETweet
So now as we are in the early days of January, and there has been acceptance of the year 2020, I wondered what are my resolutions or goals? Resolutions and goals can happen on any day, the beginning of a new week, month or the year. The resolutions reminded me of the act of dreaming, to have a dream. Thinking as a process – to follow a dream. I wrote about this idea of thought as a period of conception, to the actual manifestation of a dream, which transpires to perception. We are able to physically see a vision come to life, that was once imagined. This idea once again emerged, as I was reading Tilman Joseph Fertitta’s book entitled “SHUT UP AND LISTEN.” Fertitta points out that entrepreneurs are “dreamers at heart” (Fertitta, 2019, p. 94). I can absolutely agree with this thought, but would also like to add that for any goal or life desire, one must possess this ability to dream.
Even our dreams can be limited or stopped altogether, through psychological processes / responses to current events, that could in a sense be a suggestive tool … #SHAZIBLOG #QUOTETweet
In today’s society, or unfolding current events, we can also say that we must allow ourselves to continue to dream, and focus upon what the heart is calling for. Even our dreams can be limited or stopped altogether, through psychological processes / responses to current events, that could in a sense be a suggestive tool to say: stop dreaming or it will never happen. But even for this psychological limitation, that maybe true or not, we ourselves possess the ability to exert some control, through responses or not. And this is where the dreaming process requires the doing. Or as Fertitta states through his own life examples of a dream: “dreams are often made up of relatively small steps along the way” (2019, p. 94). Where the ingredients for a dream need to be identified to develop a plan of action. Of course business professionals, entrepreneurs, and those in the business world understand the requirement of a business plan. A pan or a plan of action can be utilized for any life or career goal, even to that of raising a family and looking after children. Because to have a successful life, the aim is to try to feel successful in all areas – where each and every goal requires: “long-term commitment and patience” (p. 94).
“dreams are often made up of relatively small steps along the way.” (Fertitta, 2019) #TilmanFerttita #Quote #ShutUpAndListen #ShaziBlogTweet
For me reading the authors words, once again allowed me even as a dreamer to re-focus and think about life itself and goals. There will always be ups and downs in life, but we have to remember a current situation is as permanent as we want it to be. Even as Tilman states: “when things are bad, we tend to forget that things will be good again.” (p. 96). With each and every stance of life, whether we are still thinking, planning, or are on the way to creating, we should never give up.
Book Notes: As I have been taking notes whilst reading the sections of Fertitta’s book, I was especially drawn to write from Section 4, Chapter 11 as related to my own current thoughts with regards to resolutions, goal-setting, focus and of course the timing of the year.This chapter sought to inspire with particular words or encouragement and Fertitta’s own examples. The following quote is from Chapter 10 entitled: “A FIVE-YEAR REPRIEVE.” Revealing that sources of inspiration and encouragement exist throughout this book.
Note To Author: Thank you for taking the time to write and share your words of wisdom, advices, truths, personal examples both positive and those that took place during times of struggle. I hope that feedback from your readers will encourage you to write more! With heartfelt love and gratitude. ~ Shazia.
Reference: Fertitta, J. Tilman. SHUT UP AND LISTEN. HarperCollins Leadership, 2019.
My thoughts to share with love & kindness! 🙂
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on January 5th 2019.