I can relate to the following five fears. Maybe you can too.
This is the reason my bookshelves are bowing under the weight of skills development and reference books and my inbox is bursting with countless links to the online courses I’ve purchased.
These materials are great—if we use them. I have to admit some of the items I purchase are outdated before I get around to reading them and implementing what I’ve learned. Not good!
One of my goals for 2017 was to publish 4-6 ebooks in my “Nurture and Inspire” series. That didn’t happen. In fact, I doubt if I’ll even get one ebook published, although I do know which one I want to send out into the world first.
Yes, I have been busy doing other things, but I had several hours I could have devoted to the process that I chose to spend doing other things (including binge watching Netflix, but we won’t talk about that).
I once heard a speaker say she always prayerfully considered what she would set aside if she wanted to add something new to her To Do list. Maybe one day I’ll do the same … maybe.
When someone asks you to take on something—especially something you’d enjoy and corresponds to your skill set—do you try to squeeze it into your already busy schedule?
Joanna Penn was the first person I heard say we must each determine what success means to us. If we understand what success means to us, it makes it easier to define—and avoid—failure.
When we know our destination, it’s easier to determine the path we need to take to get there.
Seeking to do the best we can is admirable. Seeking to develop our skills and implement what we’re learning is commendable. Seeking perfection … well, that can cause no end of troubles.
After all, who determines what is perfect? What one person loves another hates. What gets a five-star review from one gets a one-star review from another. What is spot on according to one expert is full of errors according to another.
What are some of your fears? What steps are you taking to overcome them?
Steph Beth Nickel is the coauthor of Paralympian Deborah L. Willows’ memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books. They are currently working on a follow-up book, Still Living Beyond My Circumstances. She is a producer at HopeStreamRadio and has contributed to InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Christmas Stories & More. You can connect with her on her Facebook. (Photo Credit: Stephen G. Woo)