Choosing to Press Forward When You Really Want to Give Up

October 3, 2017

 

 

My hands are shaking as I'm writing these words: His Story is officially released! My ebook is available to the world! You can buy your copy on Amazon right now! 

 

Wow! 

 

Lately I've been reflecting a lot on the process of writing and releasing a book; it really isn't for the faint of heart. I have learned so much over the past few months about myself, my tribe, and God and wouldn't trade this experience for anything! 

 

Recently I had dinner with a friend during which I expressed how my personality doesn't really match up with what it takes to be a writer. I love the art of writing, don't get me wrong, but everything about me wants to run away and hide from the rest of the process. 

 

I hate attention. 

I hate my work being critiqued. 

I tend to be a perfectionist. 

I tend to obsess on things. 

I am afraid of failure. 

I am afraid of success. 

I struggle with apathy. 

I struggle with having a short attention-span. 

 

Writing and launching a book, even as simple as a 30-day devotional, takes time and effort and energy and focus. It takes dedication and many, many hours put in working on all kinds of things that you wouldn't expect. But the most shocking thing about this whole process, for me, is that it simply can't be done alone. I wouldn't have made it this far without a community surrounding me, encouraging me, and supporting me. These are the people who read the book and lovingly pointed out typos and mistakes. My community are the ones who told me that it was good when I wanted to give up and scratch the whole project. These are people who were willing to pray for me, this book, and those who would read it. 

 

This book wouldn't be available were it not for these amazing and selfless people that I get to call my friends. 

 

If you want to do something big in this life, find some people to do it with. We weren't created to do life alone, so why would we think we could create something awesome all by ourselves? 

 

What big dreams do you have for your life? (This isn't a rhetorical question, I would love to hear about your dreams in the comments below)

Now, here's an equally important question: who will come alongside you to help make these dreams a reality? 

 

Pursuing a goal is scary and reveals every insecurity you have. Every. Single. One. Which is why we need to know what God says about us and be in a community with people who will remind us of who we are when all we see is the negative, doubt-filled thoughts. 

 

I encourage you to after that big dream or goal today and be sure to invite people along for the ride! It's scary, it's hard, and it sometimes sucks, but trust me, it's well worth it! 

 

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