What do you have to lose?
I'd like to begin this post with two scriptures that provide key points to remember.
That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
When almost everyone seems to be launching their own business, blog, YouTube channel or podcast, it can be easy to feel drowned out. You may feel like holding back and keeping your ideas hidden.
What can I bring to the table? You might think...
How will I stand out?
If you're on the verge of embarking on a new project, no matter how big or small, I'm here to provide some truths to keep you encouraged on the journey!
1. Starting is easy, finishing is harder
When starting your latest idea or newest business venture it's important to pursue longevity.
Because many start but most don't finish. You see, starting a new thing is easy. You're passionate, motivated and fuelled with the rush of initial support. Nothing can break you. The sky is the limit and you are soaring. Sky high.
Until the obstacles come.
Things get harder.
Support slowly dwindles.
What do you do?
You're left wondering if this was really for you. If things will truly work out.
Whenever you reach this state, it's important to remember that you're not finished.
Many start with passion, but through the countless tests and trials that life throws, only a few overcome. Cling to your vision at all costs and finish what you've started.
2. Cultivate your unique selling point
That je ne sais quoi.
The quality that makes you stand out in the crowd without having to shout or make all the noise. Recognise it, embrace it and let it influence your work.
The world may be filled with thousands of artists, writers or filmmakers already but you are uniquely and authentically you. Your distinct mindset and vision will ensure that you stand out.
You have a light and it's your job to let it shine. Whether to tens, hundreds, thousands or more, don't dim your light because you see someone else shining.
3. Be prepared for many mistakes and lessons
Nobody starts out as an expert in their field. Even with all the talent in the world, you still need multiple skills that will add to your level of success. You need commitment, resilience and ambition.
You need to make mistakes during the process.
When starting out, be prepared to make these mistakes and learn lessons you thought you'd already mastered. Be prepared to stumble, fall and get back up. Over and over again. Re route, make a U-turn, shift your goals.
Open yourself up to discovering what doesn't work, in pursuit of what does.
4. Don't compare your path
Drawing inspiration is necessary, yes, but don't start out thinking you will be or receive what someone else has. Oftentimes we only see a glimpse of the journey when we look at their results. We don't always know what happened behind closed doors.
The silent battles fought.
Likewise, others will not always see your full journey. The path to success looks different for everyone so don't be discouraged when it feels as though others are reaping rewards before you. Remember, ‘the fastest way to get disqualified is to get into someone else’s lane.’
Stay focused on the lane before you.
5. Enjoy the journey
Through the highs and lows, you'll see how every step was critical on your journey to success. Keep your eyes forward on the destination, your heart focused on the vision and your mind determined to see it through to the finish line.
Don't be discouraged with the idea of competition. Pursue your goals passionately and authentically - you will always reap the rewards!
- Faithful xoxo
About the Author:
Faith is a Birmingham based writer. She has a background in drama with a focus on writing poetry, blogs and more.
Through her work, she explores themes such as love, life, faith, passion and purpose. Faith is a true creative at heart and also enjoys videography and editing.
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