Last week we looked at some of the steps you can take to discover your life purpose. One of the things not often talked about is how bumpy this road can be and how persistence is important for achieving the results you want.
I wish I would say upon discovering your life purpose everything falls into place and you do it happily ever after. Unfortunately this is far from the truth. There are days when you have to question whether this is indeed your calling. If you are depending on the proceeds for survival there are times you wish you went back to doing what guaranteed a steady flow of income. However, focusing on the joy and fulfillment of doing what you are called to do, is what keeps you going even when the going gets tough.
Given the fact that “Rome was not built in one day”, you need persistence along this journey in order to depend on your calling for sustainence. Below I share some ways in which I am choosing to persist on this journey which I must confess sometimes has me second guessing myself.
1. Focusing on the people who are counting on me to deliver
Every week I have to show up and write to keep my promise and meet the needs of those who say they look forward to the weekly posts. Regardless of how I feel when the blog is not growing as fast as I would want it, I always keep in mind my subscribers who are counting on me. When I read a testimonial from a subscriber who says my posts help her to get out of a rut she may find herself in, such words are what inspire me to keep going on.
2. Focusing on my WHY
In everything you do, when you keep your WHY in front of you, it energizes you when the going gets tough. I always keep in mind the reason why I started blogging. Visualizing the progress made so far allows me to also envision the end result that I am working towards.
I am being consistent because I know there are people who appreciate and Identify with what I write about. In addition, being persistent is also fulfilling for me given the fact that it allows me to make a small contribution in my little corner on the globe.
3. Focusing on the one who gives growth
My favorite movie of the kendrickbrothers.com is Facing the Giants. I like the scene when Coach Taylor is feeling downcast because he thinks he is about to lose his job. He receives a word of encouragement from Mr Brigges quoting from Revelation 3:8, but doubts it and confesses he has been struggling but has also been praying.
Mr Brigges tells him a story about two farmers who asked God for rain but only one of them went out and prepared his fields. He then asks him which one he is before leaving him with this final word, “God will send the rains when he is ready, you need to prepare your fields to receive it”. Every time I am discouraged about the traffic and growth of my blog this scene always comes to mind and I encourage myself to prepare my fields so that when the rains come I am ready.
In addition, I find hope in the words of Elbert Hubbard,
a little more persistence, a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success”.
May I request you my friend to help me in the pursuit of one of my goals for this year by sharing this blog with your friends so that together we can grow the Fulfilled Life Blog community.