Yesterday, I decided to step out on faith, and put my 3rd book on Amazon. I never thought I’d reach the level I’m on, and I’m so ecstatic that Wordsare weapons too! Understanding the power of words, is available for purchase NOW! It took me forever to get out of my own way and to stand up to fear, because I was terrified that I wouldn’t be successful, and no one would support me. I am so thankful that I have put ALL my trust in God and I know that He is going to take me far! To those who have supported me either by purchasing a book or following this blog, THANK YOU! I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. To those who are still walking the plank and not sure what you should do next, do as I did, and just TAKE THE PLUNGE! You’ll be happy that you did!
You have an idea. I mean a really good one, but you’re afraid others won’t think so. However, the most disturbing thing, is that you don’t believe it either. That’s why you’ve been sitting on those same dreams and revisiting those forever goals, which is somehow taking you forever to complete. I don’t know whether to attribute your failure to launch to laziness, no motivation or lack of drive, but at some point, you’ve got to just start. I wrote a new book almost 3 months ago (Words are weapons too! Understanding the power of words), and have been debating whether or not I was going to put it on Amazon or just distribute it myself, as I have done in the past. Due to my busy schedule, I failed to do either, but it’s only because I “didn’t have the time”. I used my job as the reason why I didn’t do what I should’ve done. Do you see how easy it is to make excuses?
Rather than do what I needed to do, I defended why I “couldn’t” do it. Am I you? Are you still “defending” your reason for not stepping out and doing something great? Or, do you still think it’s not that great? Regardless of what you’re thinking, why are you waiting to launch?
Don’t let the idea of starting, scare you into not starting. You have to begin somewhere, and usually, it’s at the bottom. Besides, it’s better to start out low and work your way up, than to be on top and get knocked down. I know you want people to support you, as did I. However, I had to come to the realization that not everyone won’t, and you’ve got to be okay with that. In fact, you’ve got to be okay with a lot of things. You’ve got to be okay with struggling, because you’re not going to be successful right off the bat. You’ve got to be okay with taking a few losses, until you get your win. You’ve got to be okay with jealousy and those who turn their back on you, even though you’ve had theirs forever. However, regardless of what you experience, don’t allow none of it to stop you from what you’re doing. I started this blog 16 months ago and I had five followers for months, and now I’m up to 76. While most people care about their numbers, I don’t. All I care about is doing what I love, regardless if no one ever sees or reads it. It’s not going to stop me from spreading God’s word or bringing light into dark situations. People may not care for me or what I write, but guess what? I’m going to continue to do it anyway!
Always do what you LOVE, even if you’re the only one that does!
You don’t have the resources to start a business, so you don’t move forward. You want to go back to school, but you’re not sure where to start, so you just quit. You want to buy a house, but your credit is low and you don’t have the down payment. There are so many things you want to do, yet for whatever reason, you’re holding back. You’ve come up with a thousand excuses as to why you can’t, yet I can give you one good reason why you can. “You can do all things in Christ who strengthens you”. If He wants you to have a business, He’ll provide the resources. If He wants you to go to school, He’ll give you the start and see you to the end. You want to be a homeowner? He wants you to be one too, so He’s going to make a way for you. Remember, we are heirs to His Kingdom, His rich Kingdom, so of course He’s going to give you the absolute best! God is with you in everything that you do, so the next time you choose to do something, remember, because of Him, YOU CAN!
For two years, I practically begged this well-known Editor, to allow me to not only write a post for her column, but to become a permanent staff writer on the team. I’d given her samples of my work (my best work at that) and still, no response. I know one would think, after a few months’ time or a year even, they’d give up, but I couldn’t. I kept on asking and being persistent, because eventually it’ll pay off, right? And guess what, it did! I started this blog November 2018 in one of my favorite spots on the earth, Starbucks. As I was crying (literally) and asking God why “that lady” wouldn’t let me write for her column, He gave me the idea to create something that He wanted, and others so desperately needed. The agenda was the same, but the only difference, it was on MY platform instead of hers!
I know I am more than skilled, gifted and capable of writing, so it was never a question as to whether or not I couldn’t, but why someone wouldn’t acknowledge it. I understand everyone has their own preference and style, and maybe, mine was not it. I hold no ill-will or resentment towards the young lady, and I even support her column. Creating this blog has been one of the best things that could’ve happened to me, and apparently you all as well. One thing I have learned, is that we’re so quick to add to someone else’s success, when God wants us to have our own! There’s nothing wrong with helping others, but sometimes God will intervene, because He has a different (and better) agenda than the one we have for ourselves!
I’m still in a state of shock, and can’t believe this has somehow managed to become our “new normal”. I thought it so bizarre and strange when Michael Jackson used to wear a face mask and gloves out in public, but who knew we’d have to one day do the same. The things we used to complain and grumble about getting rid of, are now the things we complain and grumble about wanting. Let’s face it, we want that old “thang” back! We miss the life we used to have, because it was better than the one we have now. It feels like we are living out the scenes of one of Stephen King’s horror movie, and we’re afraid, because we all know they never ended well. However, the good thing about our situation, is that God is both our Writer and Director. He writes our story and directs our paths, so I know the path to healing and getting rid of COVID-19 is not too far away. He has us covered, and because of that, we should be able to find peace and comfort in the midst of this storm!