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Plan for the Future

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To know where you’re going, it’s best if you have a plan.
I’ve been putting off writing the final installment of a trilogy that I started a couple years back. Not really putting off, but I’ve been busy with other things and haven’t been able to give that story any attention in quite some time.
Six months have passed since I’ve last visited The Soul Stone Trilogy, leaving off with book 2, The Shepherd of Fire. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous about writing this final installment. The first book of any series, to me, is simpler. You can create a world, bring characters to life, and build the plot however you see fit. The second book, or any others that follow in a series, are even easier in the fact that you’ve already laid the foundation and can now expand upon it. The characters live and breathe on their own and the story arc unfolds. But the last book… it’s a whole other animal. The last book ties everything together–the world and the characters have taken on a life of their own and must be handled with care. One wrong turn can undo everything set before it and forfeit the entire story. So I admit, I’ve been a little nervous to write it. Fearful, even. In finishing a story, this is my first rodeo. Years have been spent in this world and now I’m about to say goodbye to it. It’s like falling in love and knowing that it won’t last because there must be an end to it; happy or not. I’m scared to write it and don’t know where to start. I know how I want it to end, but getting from point A to point Z is the trick. I was scared…
Until I read the outline that I scribbled on two pieces of paper back in August. I smiled because what I thought would be hard to see, suddenly became clear to me. I had left myself a map; and a damn good one if I might say so myself! Now, I know where I’m going. I’m ready to finish what I began so long ago.
And it’s going to be one hell of a finish.
There’s two points to this post: one is to update about the third book. The other, and main point, is that no matter where you are in life or what you’re trying to achieve, set a plan. Make a course of action that helps guide you along the way. Want to be an entrepreneur or try something new? What steps are you taking to reach that goal? Whether it is finances, career, or relocating to another place in this world, a plan is vital to success. You wouldn’t jump in a car with half a tank of gas and twenty bucks to your name in attempt to drive across the country. Sometimes it’s okay not to have a plan. Sometimes plans change and you got to wing it until you come up with a new plan. Sometimes it’s good to deviate from the plan and take a detour, then come back to it later. It’s there to take you from point A to B, all the way to Z.
Trust in the big plan. Believe in it with all your heart.
A positive mindset and a clear view of what you envision the future to hold—that’s a winning combination.
Make a plan and make it happen.

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