The Power of a #2 Pencil

I’ve written about 50,000 words into a novel currently called The Carafe Conspiracy. There is a scene in the Southwood Mansion library where CEO Brent Barrows is talking to newcomer to the Southwood Company and tribe Chad Wilson. I’ve not been satisfied with their conversation. Something was missing. A couple of paragraphs from my friend Janet Tyler Johnson’s book Finding Financial Fulfillment now ties it together.

“For some of us, the hardest part is trying to figure out what we really want our life to look like….”

“If you’re not willing to…get a clear picture in your head, don’t expect your life to change.”

“Unless…don’t expect your life to change.”

Brent Barrows says after reading those words, “The life you’ve been living is gone. It is no longer available. The doors have been nailed shut. Bridges burned. What do you want to do with the next season? It will be what you decide. If you choose not to decide, you will spend the rest of your life longingly looking at the closed doors. If you take the time and energy to drawn pictures and write your vision in specific terms, you can have it. Mr. Wilson, what kind of a life do you want to live? Where? Doing what? Making how much money? Empowering whom?”

Janet Tyler Johnson suggests we draw pictures of the life we want and hang them on the wall. Your decisions and activated visions have the power to focus your work and efforts. It is the first step to changing your life. For some, it is the first step to wealth. For all, it is the first step to satisfaction that you are doing what will bring the greatest return on your efforts.

What do you want your life to look like? What do you want to do with your life?

©2015 D. Dean Benton

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