When we do not act in the direction of our dreams, we are only “dreaming.” Dreams have a will-o’-the wisp quality. Dreams coupled with the firm intention to manifest them take on a steely reality. Our dreams come true when we are true to them. Reality contains the word “real.” We begin to “reel” in our dreams when we toss out the baited hook of intention. When we shift our inner statement from “I’d love to” to “I’m going to,” we shift out of victim and into adventurer. When we know that we “will,” then we couple the power of our will with the power of future events. In this sense, what we “will do” becomes what “will happen.”To prove this to ourselves, we need to couple the largeness of our dream with the small, concrete, and do-able “next right thing.” As we take the next small step, the bigger steps move a notch closer to us, downsizing as they move. If we keep on taking small enough steps and therefore keep chipping away and miniaturizing what we like to call “huge” risks, by the time the risk actually gets to our door, it, too, is simply the next right thing, small and do-able and significant and nondramatic. Many of us falter, thinking that in order to begin a concrete work we must know precisely how to finish it and, beyond that, to insure its reception in the world. We are, in effect, asking for a guarantee of our success before we have taken the single most important step necessary to insure it. That step is commitment.
Walking In This World: The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron (New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2002), 18