“Every great work, every big accomplishment has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement”. – Florence Scovel Shinn
It was 2 o’clock in the morning and just a few short hours away from a book submission deadline when I had a meltdown. The kind of meltdown with wringing hands, tears, ranting, and more tears. Moments away from hitting the “send” button on an email to my editor and realizing a lifelong dream of being a published author, I was overwhelmed with fear and unworthiness. Classic self-sabotage; I mistakenly listened to the negative voices in my head. They whispered terrible things like, “You write like crap. Why would anyone want to read your story? Who are you to think you belong here?”
Have you ever had a dream or a big goal where after months or years of hard work, success was knocking on your door only to have you not answer? Contrary to popular belief, accomplishments aren’t realized because of luck, hard work, who you know, or your checkbook. Accomplishments are realized because of a deep, unwavering belief in self and commitment to your dreams. Sure you could be in the right place at the right time, have support, talent, and money. But if you don’t have self-confidence, take action or have passion, your dreams aren’t going anywhere sister.
So at 2:35 am, a mentor’s words surfaced reminding me not to give up before the miracle happens. I dried my eyes and worked through my fears. I got very still and focused on my purpose. I then realized that I wouldn’t have the opportunity in front of me if I didn’t deserve it. I countered those negative voices with power words. Worthy. Trust. Faith. Believe. I gulped and hit the “send” button. Two weeks later my editor responded confirming what I already knew. She said it was beautiful writing and surely would resonate with thousands of people and make a difference in their lives.
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, but I am telling you it’s going to be worth it. Do yourself a favor and recognize the negative voices and turn them off. Stay your course because you are worth the fight. If you take anything away from this article, write the following sentence somewhere it a spot you will every day:
“She believed she could, so she did”.
Girlfriend, don’t let anyone or anything stop you including yourself.