I am using this long holiday weekend to prepare for my first ever writer's conference. I came across a couple things that I read last night that I thought I would share with you. One of them was written in 2002; the other in April of this year. They have both boosted my morale and my motivation. One was written by a professional in a well-known magazine and the other was written by one of my friends and biggest cheerleaders.
First of all, have you ever heard of a WIG? It is what Martha Beck calls "Wildly Improbable Goals" for short. The title grabbed my attention. A bigger audience and a future for my writing (maybe even a book?) feels like a WIG. She explains part of the process:
"They began as signals, tugs. It may have happened to you, too. Perhaps it was just a flicker of thought that transported you for a moment, before you dismissed it as nonsense. Maybe it's a dream that simply will not let go of you, no matter how often you tell yourself not to hope for anything so big, so unlikely. Or it may be an ambition you've already embraced, even though everyone else thinks you need serious medication."
"Fortunately, your WIGS can find you. The knowledge of your destiny may stalk you for years, undetected except for occasional moments of longing or hope that glint like sunshine in your darkest hours. Then when you least expect it, a WIG will leap out of nowhere and overwhelm you in one breathtaking burst."
"Being struck by a WIG is nothing like setting an ordinary goal. First of all, you'll notice that it is not something you thought up; it seems to come from somewhere beyond thought. Second, you'll feel an almost physical jolt of yearning, as though your heart is straining toward its destiny. You won't even be able to imagine the mess of work and luck necessary to make it happen. The very idea will seem impossible…almost. That "almost" will tickle the edges of probability." – Martha Beck
Have you ever had a WIG before? Can you relate to what she is talking about? I can, and these words were encouragement to me! Hope they are to you as well.
Speaking of encouragement, the week I was trying to decide whether or not to go to the She Speaks Conference, my brother emailed me and offered to pay my registration. Though I believe to this day that it was the 'green light' or 'open door,' I still hesitated, not wanting to impose upon him and wondering how I would come up with the airfare, hotel and misc. expenses associated with going. The following quotes and words of encouragement were ALL texted to me in one night! I decided to transcribe them so that I would have a written record that I could go back to. I am so glad I did. As I read them again last night I was just as inspired as the night she wrote them.
"You can't experience success beyond your wildest dreams until you dare to dream something wild!"
"Lift up your eyes. Your heavenly Father waits to bless you~ in inconceivable ways to make your life what you never dreamed it could be." – Anne Ortlund
"Praying God's word for you. May He grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose." Psalms 20:4 (NKJV)
"As God loves a cheerful giver, so He also loves a cheerful taker, who takes hold on His gifts with a glad heart." – John Donne
"Most people do the greatest things for God in the second half of their lives. They've gone from looking for success to seeking a life of significance. The best part of life is just beginning! You have to educate yourself so you can grow forward into God's will for your life. And it's all about people, relationships, and connections. You can't connect with the people God wants you to connect with if you aren't stepping out in faith and taking advantage of the opportunities placed before you. You can't connect in Salina, Kansas with the people that you can at Proverbs 31. For peats sake – it's a DUH! Take Rich up on his offer and get your spot booked! Don't risk waiting another 365+ days becuz… becuz why?!! This conference has your name written ALL OVER IT! And if it only proves to fill your cup… or perhaps feed your soul… you can't put a price on that! I really believe, with all my heart, that you have to go! Get connected. Inhale! Taste and see that the Lord is good."
"It's also about networking and connecting. You have to introduce yourself to this world of people who haven't discovered you yet. I just don't know where else doors can open like they can here! This conference sounds made for you. Take a step in faith! I so believe you HAVE to be there!"
"Let him be a blessing! Give him the opportunity to do so. That's where most happy people get their joy~ from blessing others. Don't rob him of his joy! Go. Get there. And let God do the rest."
So, how's that for a pep talk? I hope you not only got a glimpse into my life (and my friend!), but that you were also able to take those same quotes and apply the same encouragement to the dreams that you have. Sure, they may seem like WIGS at this moment, but taking a definitive step towards their fulfillment will set us on the right road.
I plan to blog my preparation for this leg of my journey until I leave July 21. It may just be a quote or a prayer request, but I hope you find encouragement and inspiration along the way.
Working My WIG With You,