A few years ago, I would never do what I’m about to do because, Jinx! I was afraid of jinxing my plans.

But the jinx doesn’t happen because you let your people in on your dreams. The jinx is that inertia of self-doubt that you allow to maroon your momentum.

Jinx and Dreams

My fear of jinx shifted about a year ago, and I am better for it. Secrecy around ambition became unhealthy for me, led to self-sabotage (who the hell do you think you are?), stalled starts, and all the ills of imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

Sharing without fear of jinx expanded the energy and momentum behind my dreams and created a community of cheerleaders and accountability partners.

The trick, of course, is to share, then shut up and sit down. Sharing is not about yammering on and on about what you are going to do, need to do, and oh, how very busy you are. Imagine a wheel spinning deeper and deeper into the mud. The momentum becomes so bogged down in talking that you never move forward.

Sharing is the little light—maybe it’s as small as a spark—that you set on the table where others can see. The only hex, spell, or magic you conjure is the energy of your loved ones who truly want you to succeed.

My dreams for this year? I have two:

  1. Find the ideal publishing deal for my first novel.
  2. Launch a creative retreat center with one of my oldest and dearest friends.

During this quietly pivotal month, two things happened:

  1. The editor I hired returned my novel on my birthday, and the path to wrapping it up is clear.
  2. My friend and I facilitated our maiden creative retreat.

As a result, I have a lapful of feedback, motivation and energy to push through the next steps, and a full, unjinxed heart.

What is on your heart? What are your intentions as we finish the year? Share them with your people. No jinx. Sharing will only add energy and momentum to your journey.

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