Updated: Aug 11, 2021
If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I don't give up. Today, I'm happy to encourage you to hang in there.
Most people who accomplish their dreams, whether it's pursuing a career goal or cleaning out their closet don't get to take a shortcut. Getting stuff done is hard work. It's day after day, hour after hour of striving.
If it's worth pursuing, it's worth not giving up when you get frustrated. Believe me, that's not an easy thing, but it's important to keep going regardless of how the journey looks. It's on the journey that you learn skills and also learn the strength of your backbone.
Perseverance is not an easy life skill to develop, but it will serve you all your days. When you persevere, you learn how to keep moving forward in the face of difficulties, setbacks, and frustrations. That's a skill that everyone needs. Also, you encourage others around you. Perseverance is contagious!
If you're called to do something, don't give up.
Do what you were called to do (writing a book/screenplay, getting your certification, or cleaning out the garage)
Don't let frustration distract you
Don't let rejection stop you
Don't get sidetracked by everyday busyness
Don't get derailed by discouragement
Stay focused on the task, keep the goal before you
Stay faith-filled, and renew your faith through prayer and Bible reading
Stay hopeful that you'll be successful
Don't compare yourself to others on your journey
Don't compete with others (I've found other writers to be helpful, not competitors)
So, if you're a writer, then write on! If you have another goal, then keep pursuing your dream. Don't give up on yourself. In the end, you'll be grateful. Even if. Even if you're not successful, you'll know it's not because you never tried.
Years ago, in the early 1990s, a part of a sermon made me sit up and take notes. The pastor said, "It is better to try and know for certain than to doubt and always wonder." It made such sense to me that I decided to try to write a novel. (Thank you, Pastor Robert Emmitt.)