03/09/2013 10:48 am ET Updated May 09, 2013

Day 9: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 9 of 31 Days

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Wishing, hoping and dreaming are essential. Without them we'd give up. But wishing for something is only the beginning. It's the surge of desire, the flush in our hearts that lets us know what we want. It's the first step, and not necessarily an easy step for some. I was never in any doubt about what I wanted to do, I only doubted I could do it. But those who've suppressed their self-expression for so long must first reconnect with themselves in order to know the wishes of their hearts.

However, once you know what you wish for, it's time to take action. It's time to plan and then execute your plan. If you wish to be a writer, you must craft something into a work of brilliance and beauty before it can be published. After that, you need to contact agents and so on. And, if plan A doesn't work, you move onto plan B. For my first novella, Men, Money & Chocolate, this meant self-publishing until a publisher picked it up. It's not enough simply to write and wish for something wonderful to happen. The point is that wishing takes as much energy as action does. So once you know what you want, don't waste any more energy in wishing, channel that energy into actions that will make those wishes come true.

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