I know what you feel like now. You feel like throwing in the towel, giving up, and falling on your face. You feel like quitting.
You’ve worked at this dream for so long, and for what?
You’ve published so many pieces, yet no one seems to care. And while you’re sitting there, refreshing the page and waiting for the hit of those green hearts, you think to yourself:
Why am I doing this? What the hell is the point?
Your message has barely gained any traction at all and you’re still stuck in the exact same place you were months ago, maybe even years. And no matter how hard you work or how bad you “want” it, it doesn’t seem to come to you. No matter what you do, the success you crave so bad seems keen on spitting right back in your face and telling you “No.”
You might be wondering, is there even a point to going on anymore? Is there even a point to writing if no one is going to read it?
The reality is, blogging is hard. Creating new things is hard. And starting a business is hard. Living is hard. It’s all really freakin’ hard.
If you want to succeed in your life, then, you better strip down some of the thoughts in your mind holding you back. That’s the only way you’ll create the success in your life you so crave.
Getting What You Want Is Hard. It’s Not Supposed to Be Easy.
For the last two years of my life, I’ve struggled to be a full-time writer.
Besides the lack of understanding from family and friends, there’s the constant publishing of pieces that fall straight to the ground. It feels like I’m alone in my journey as I splice together words, hoping they’ll resonate with others as I pick up the pieces of my life to share.
The truth is, I want to be a full-time writer so bad. I want it more than the catch of my next breath. And it’s been hard to share that dream with others because it looks like more of an obsession to anyone else.
Most of my days, I question whether my message is even worth sharing at all. Will I ever create the impact I want to make? Will I ever spark the change I want?
I constantly question whether I’m on the right path, even though my hunger to succeed is insatiable. Yet I often feel overextended, like I’m clinging for balance in a world that’s constantly changing around me. I feel empty as I scrape peanut butter on cheap bread, have oatmeal 3 times a day, and eat granas a quick snack just to get by.
As J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bilbo says in The Lord of the Rings, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
But I’ve learned it’s supposed to be this way.
It wouldn’t be a trial if it wasn’t hard. And if getting what we wanted was easy, it wouldn’t be worth anything in the end.
Besides, we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we want if we weren’t a little crazy inside.
So keep going. Keep creating. Keep moving forward, yet always be wary of the gap.
Are You Stuck in the Gap?
There’s always a gap. It lies between who we are and who we want to be.
It can feel like that gap is always widening so that the further we go, the farther we get away from the prize. This is disheartening, because it can be hard to pursue our dreams when they constantly feel so far out of sight.
The farther something is away from us, the harder it is to persevere towards it and reclaim it in our lives.
But you can’t let that stop you. Not now. Not ever. You have to be persistent and keep going; in fact, you owe it to not only yourself but others to move forward and always claim the power your message has over the world around you.
You owe it to yourself to keep going and use the magic you were born with to create.
People need to hear your message, and you need to speak it to be heard. Don’t let the gap between where you are now and where you want to be stop you from pursuing your dreams and unlocking your authentic self.
Instead, pursue the work you’re meant to do. Keep going and keep making great art.
The only way you will get there is by moving forward. That’s how you’ll close the gap and beckon your success to come.
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Quit On Your Dreams
It’s easy to say you should keep going when all you want to do is quit.
Because deep down, you know there’s a multitude of reasons why you should quit.
For instance, it’s hard to follow your dreams when no one believes you. It’s hard to stick it out when no one cares but yourself, and it’s downright hard to release your message into the world and trust it will resonate with people when you’re not even sure if it’ll work in the first place.
It may not seem like it, but that doubt you’re experiencing is paramount to finding your voice and your success.
Reaching your dreams was never about the destination itself. Rather, it was about you going for it every single day, and reveling in the process no matter how grueling it can be.
Use that doubt as a compass instead. Usually when fear comes up, it’s a great signal to keep going because the discomfort and change is where the biggest growth in our life happens.
Here’s the Truth About Your Dreams
You may think you don’t have what it takes to live a life of your design or step into the life of your dreams.
You may think someone is stopping you from it. Maybe that someone is you, maybe it’s someone else, or maybe what’s stopping you is something else entirely.
It doesn’t really matter what you think is stopping you from your dreams, though.
Because you are already everything you need to be.
If you only looked inside, you’d know you already have everything you need to become the person you want to be.
The thing is, you are not stopping you from reaching your dreams — not really.
The only thing stopping you from reaching your dreams is the sabotaging part of yourself. The one that’s always whispering at you to stop you from following your dreams and turn to doubting them inside you. It can be tempting to follow this voice, but when has it ever served you?
The truth is, so much beauty is already inside of you. You are perfect already. You are magical and you already possess every quality you need to succeed.
The trick becomes how to transition into that higher version of yourself as often as you can, and leaving that lower one at the door. The more you can do that, the more you will develop the innate drive to continually push yourself and grow, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.
Being Successful is Not About the Reception You Get
I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t feel good to get those responses, those tweets, and those green hearts. In fact, seeing one of my pieces all marked up and highlighted is one of my favourite feelings in this world.
If someone is willing to mark your work up and analyze it to shreds, no matter who that may be, that means you’re making a work on this world. So keep going. The more critics you have, the better.
Yet it’s not about the reception your work receives at all. Rather, it’s all about the process, and how much you really enjoy doing it. That’s where the joy comes from. That’s where true fulfillment lies.
It seems obvious, but if you can hone in on that fulfillment in your life, you will be happy and fulfilled. There’s nothing more to it than that.
When you learn to embrace the process and keep going, the response you want will come. But only if you spread your message and you speak it true.
Never sell yourself out for success, because even if you do get successful, it’ll never last long. If you can find joy in the process and love every single moment of your creative journey instead, you will feel accomplished.
Even if you aren’t successful, you will still have all the accolades and the knowledge that you stuck through it and gave it your best and loved every minute of doing so.
What Does It Mean For You to Be Free?
I’m not here to share cliches or interesting ideas. I’m here because I’m interested in seeing you grow into your potential and become the person you were meant to become.
While it might seem like you’re far away from your dreams now, you not only owe it to yourself to keep going, but you owe it to others as well. Because someone out there right now is waiting for your message, and every time you don’t speak it and share it you rob them of the chance to step into the potential they know they could, too.
Choose to be a change-maker and you’ll create the change in your life you want to see. But it all starts with taking action here on your dreams today — that will always be what living a great life stems from.
Because without action, we are nothing if not drifters, waiting for some spark of outside inspiration to come.
So be that spark for others. Choose to be that spark for yourself. You might be surprised at what magic you’ll create on the way.
Close the gap. Keep going. Never stop. You might be surprised at where you’ll be in the end.
Over enough time, the gap will close and a new one will emerge. There will always be forks in the road — that’s how the journey works, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It won’t be easy to keep going and embrace the hardships in the process of growing. They’re called “growing pains” because they’re hard for a reason.
And without the pain, you’d never truly grow and develop the wings you need to soar.
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