What are you waiting for? Permission to chase a dream? To get all your ducks in a row before you do what you’ve always wanted to do?
Today, I give you permission to start living your dream. To do what you’ve always wanted to do. To start something new. To write a book – that’s what I did. To be happy. Now is the time to take a step towards making it happen.
You see time moves on. That’s what cancer taught me.
No matter what your struggle is, time moves on. We are one step closer to dying. Might sound depressing but it’s not. It’s the kick in the pants that can get you going.
But be careful: life is not about you, as the best-selling hardback book in history says in chapter one. It’s not about making money, climbing the career ladder, fashion, or looks.
Whenever I worry or get caught up in the things of this world, I ask myself: Would you care about this if you were sitting in a chair getting chemotherapy, feeling sick, or This isdying? Pain cuts through and clarifies.
So throw off all that hinders you so you can focus on what really matters: God stuff. People stuff.
When you look back on your life, like I did, you don’t want regrets. You want to say you fulfilled God’s purpose for your life.
So get started today. Dream. Go. Do it. You have my permission.
When the doctor called, I was expecting her to tell me I had walking pneumonia or maybe a severe case of bronchitis. Instead, she decided to drop the bomb: I had cancer.
At that moment in 2009, fear came into my life and set up shop; actually, more like setting up a multi-national corporation! It took a long time but I eventually learned how to get over the fear when it comes, even after six rounds of chemotherapy and going in and out of remission.
Is there a secret to conquering fear?
Yes, there is. It’s funny but recently, I felt a wave of fear come over me related to something that I had no justifiable reason to be afraid of and unrelated to my health. But I was truly fearful.
In a matter of minutes, I put a stop to the fear. That’s what cancer taught me. I don’t know if you can ever eliminate fear – there are good reasons to fear things. But irrational fear or too much fear can be immobilizing.
Here are 7 ways I’ve learned to conquer fear when it comes.
It’s harder than you think.
That’s the main lesson I’ve learned after self-publishing my book. This post is not a “how to” on self-publishing a book but is more of a “here’s what you’re in for!”
All the tools are there to publish a book either in print or on the Kindle. I used CreateSpace but I almost went with Lulu. I choose CreateSpace because they are owned by Amazon, and I wanted that seamless connection. (Funny: just went to Lulu and the entire site is down for maintenance. Odd!)
1. Write Right. Before you even get to the publishing part, you’ll have to get your manuscript ready. I’m not talking just about writing the content. I’m talking about some serious copy editing. Find some friends who know grammar and have them help. If you’re not finding lots of errors, edits, and rewrites, you’re not looking hard enough!
Even after you submit the PDF or manuscript file, you’ll need to review a printed proof 2-3 times. (Don’t dare release a book without reviewing and editing a print copy – no one except William Faulkner and Shelby Foote are that good of a writer!)
Don’t give up. It’s that simple. If you are a Christian going through a tough time, don’t give up.
Yes, the phrase is almost a cliche. A television commercial. A marketing slogan. But it’s true.
God will never leave you. The Bible says God guides your steps.
So leave your emotions in the back seat. Take your doubts and stuff them under the couch. Just follow what God says and believe.
That doesn’t mean all your dreams come true. That doesn’t mean you will not have to face tough times.
But it does mean God will help you. It means you have God’s power working in your life.
So, don’t give up. Despite the medical reports. Despite how you feel. Despite what others will say or do.
Don’t give up.