Achiev­ing My Dreams

Make a plan. Get re­sults.

Activated - - FRONT PAGE - By Chalsey Doo­ley CHALSEY DOO­LEY IS A WRITER OF IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL MA­TE­RIAL FOR CHIL­DREN AND CARE­GIVERS AND A FULL­TIME EDU-MOM LIV­ING IN AUS­TRALIA. CHECK OUT HER WEB­SITE AT WWW.NUR­TURE-IN­SPIRE-TEACH.COM TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER BOOKS.

When I started map­ping out my goals five years ago, achiev­ing them seemed daunt­ing. But I claimed the prom­ise, “Faith­ful is he [God] that cal­leth you, who also will do it,” and with

1 His help, I went for­ward. My plan was to write and cre­ate thou­sands of pages of good-qual­ity faith-build­ing books for chil­dren.

Here are the dif­fi­cul­ties I was fac­ing: Car­ing full time for my young chil­dren with special needs meant I hardly had any time to call my own Lack of pro­fes­sional train­ing No rel­a­tives liv­ing nearby for hands-on help Health-re­lated chal­lenges Lim­ited re­sources

I did have some as­sets, how­ever: Equip­ment: a lap­top and In­ter­net con­nec­tion, a dic­ta­phone, and a cam­era A sup­port­ive hus­band

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Chil­dren with an end­less crav­ing for new sto­ries Friends who sup­ported my project and who helped all they could by writ­ing, proof­read­ing, or con­tribut­ing art and pho­tog­ra­phy

I came up with the fol­low­ing meth­ods for tack­ling the job: Prayer and more prayer, and en­list­ing the prayer sup­port of oth­ers (When I pray, things hap­pen. When I don’t, and in­stead think progress will hap­pen nat­u­rally, things come to a stand­still.)

Thomas Edi­son once cred­ited his suc­cess to “not look­ing at the clock.” When­ever there was a mo­ment to spare—even just a cou­ple of min­utes—I jumped in and got work­ing, re­gard­less of my mood or the time of day or night. Visu­al­iz­ing the end goal and be­ing con­vinced that it could be achieved Learn­ing as I went, by con­sid­er­ing the ob­ser­va­tions, con­cerns, and sug­ges­tions given by my chil­dren, re­view­ers, pro­fes­sion­als, old-time friends, and even peo­ple I had never met in per­son but who had got­ten in touch on­line Keep­ing my fo­cus Stay­ing pos­i­tive and con­tent, find­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties that await me, dis­cov­er­ing some­thing new each day Not set­ting hard plans, be­cause those tended to fall through, but let­ting Je­sus lead me each step

Out­come:

Over 1,200 files (many thou­sands of pages) of new books for all ages, il­lus­trated sto­ries, posters, ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial, and more, are com­pleted and avail­able on my web­site. The dream of hav­ing a wealth of refreshing in­put and in­spir­ing learn­ing aids at peo­ple’s fin­ger­tips is a re­al­ity—and one that is en­hanced each day.

The only lim­its to the pos­si­bil­i­ties in your life to­mor­row are the “buts” you use to­day.— Les Brown (b. 1945)

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