Everyone likes to hear that they are doing a great job at work or whatever it is they are doing, right? At your workplace, whether someone is doing great or someone is doing bad, word of mouth travels, right? I’ve found the answer to this is definitely a YES! Obviously, the good word spreading could lead to a raise, or a promotion and a lifetime of appreciation and a career to be proud of!
In today’s world, there are so many authors out there that we have to compete with and technology has made it even harder to compete. Anyone can self-publish a book these days pretty inexpensively and get it posted to Amazon for distribution. The thing is that if you aren’t getting the hits, likes, and purchases to your book, that the algorithms don’t move your book up for easier reviewing. The more hits and reviews you receive though, the higher up your book moves in the ranking.
The next time you read a book you enjoy, give this some thought and help a starving author out by giving them a quick review! Who knows maybe that one nice gesture starts a chain reaction that could have them ranking up to a #1 Best Seller!
Everyone is struggling with something. For some it might seem like an easy task, but to others it may be the one thing that stops them in their tracks. We are all different, and we all have our breaking point. You see God didn’t say life was going to be easy and that we wouldn’t face challenges. It is those challenges though that make us stronger! Especially, when being strong is the only choice you have.
Look at the picture and just imagine….what if that next little duckling nudged the first duckling, wouldn’t it take some pressure off that first duckling? Of course it would! Now, look back at what you’ve been struggling with. Try to imagine if someone had shared their story with you about how they overcame that same struggle, wouldn’t their trymph have helped you in taking your next step? Sometimes, the struggle is real and we don’t want other people to know we are struggling, right? We think we are invisible. We think we can do anything, but what we are doing wrong is trying to do it ourselves!
When I started sharing my story and my mom’s story, it amazed me how many people were dealing with the same struggles or knew someone that was. It can be such an invigorating moment when you learn to be vulnerable and that vulnerability was the source of breaking that affliction for someone else. Someone you just met, and it was your vulnerability that allowed them to be vulnerable as well. When that happens, it feels like you could talk for hours with that person and when you leave it is as though you’ve known them all your life! The impact you left on that person can last a lifetime, even though you may never speak to that person again, and that is an amazing feeling!
By sharing our stories, someone out there will know they are not alone in their struggles. They are not weak. There is nothing wrong with them. They are just in the midst of an opportunity to become stronger. To become a better person. To become the person God made them to be. So the next time you are faced with a challenge, look at that challenge as a chance to improve, a chance to learn something new, a chance to advance to the next level! You see God has a plan for all of us, and until we meet our destiny, we need to rely on Him. He puts people in our path for a reason. That reason might be for them to help us, or us to help them. It works both ways – just know, it’s all for a reason! And if we stray the wrong way, God will point us yet again in the right direction because ultimately, He wants the best for us and only the best!
Talking to God and thanking him for everything every single day is what gets me through those challenges and obstables and I am so grateful for the learning season. That’s all it is, is a season. There is a reason and a season for everything. Some of us will pass the test and some will take longer. It’s up to us, our attitude, our ability to step out of comfort zone and be vulnerable, our willingness to offer value to a stranger, and our ability to trust in God!
What’s your story? What’s your struggle? Whatever it is – you are not alone! God is always with you. He is that voice in your head you hear whispering for you to do something – all you need to do is listen and follow his lead!
I will be sharing my story this week and I would like to invite you as I step out of my comfort zone! Have you ever wondered or tried to imagine what someone’s story is? Some people have their story so well buried that you would never be able to guess!
Mom and I both have been receiving signs from God for many years, and as more and more time goes by, the more we are receiving these signs. We feel blessed to be able to recognize these signs and when we ACT on them, the reward is so great! We are now able to visualize all of the pieces of our puzzles coming together and the puzzle is becoming clearer and clearer to both of us. The struggles and challenges we’ve been through in our lifetimes has all been for a reason. Those reasons are even becoming clearer and we are learning to deal with the emotional baggage that those struggles and challenges have layed on our hearts.
It took a lot of soul searching, self-development, and long talks with God but He led us to finding a way to deal with our stress and emotions so that we could do His Will. We now understand that in order for us to live our dream, we must get out of our comfort zone. When we do, we are reaching for God’s hand and know that with him holding our hands, we can do anything!
“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31
I have a funny feeling this will be one of my next books! God put that dream in my heart just the other week after church!