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I have no dream bigger than this

I'm almost done my proposal.  I plan on spending a significant amount of time putting finishing touches on it today. 

I got to thinking about it the other night and the truth is, I have no dream bigger than this.  The question career coaches often ask their clients:  "If money were no object what would you be doing in life?" is easily answered for me.  There is no doubt about it -- everything else pales in comparison to this, for me.  Even if I had to choose speaking vs. writing, or music vs. writing, or coaching vs. writing,  it's no contest -- writing wins every time.  If you haven't figured it out by now, THIS is what I live for.  This is why I breathe.  This is why I get up in the morning.  For anyone who says, "Wait a minute, what about Jesus...isn't He what you live for?  Isn't He what you get up in the morning for?   What about your family?  What about souls?  Of course.  Quite truthfully for anyone who has REALLY known me longer than five minutes that would be a pathetic question.  The fact is, the full expression of those things in my life comes in it's greatest measure through writing. 

I feel it in my feeler...
Know it in my knower...

I'm closer than ever to my biggest dream coming true.

Some might wonder, "Okay, what's here for you in this world once your biggest dream comes true?  Where do you go from there when you've reached the biggest dream for your life?"  

The answer to that is, I do it over, and over, and over again.

And I do it better, and better, and better still.

I'm not in a fantasy world. 

If you've just happened upon my blog and wondered if I'm like one of those WHACK American Idol contestants who believes they are really talented but are naive, deceived or any number of other adjectives along those lines, think again.  Not only have I been honing this craft and bearing this calling for my entire life, but it has been confirmed by countless hundreds of people that this is exactly where I belong.  Most important, I am totally open to continual critique of my work.  

Four of my friends who are all extremely detail oriented people, good writers, creative thinkers and honest evaluators are going through this proposal with a fine tooth comb.  Right now they are on their third draft of reading, editing and throwing their constructive criticisms my way.  

I realize like anything else in life, my ideas will get no where without a completely no-holds-barred analysis and improvement -- and a willingness to surround myself with smart friends who can help me get to the goal.  (Thank you, genius friends.  Like Rick Warren says, "all of us are smarter than one of us.") 

I have no bigger dream that this, and it's about to come true.  Yahoo!

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