Have you ever taken a large sip of a drink thinking it was water only to find out it was tea or another beverage?
Life is like that many days. We want water, but are given something besides water. So rather than going through the effort to change our drink, we just drink the unwanted beverage and say, “Well someday I will get up to get the water, which is what I really wanted, but this is what I was given so why bother.” But the someday never seems to come around.
It takes getting out of our comfort zone to empty our glass and then refill it with water. Deep inside you know if you go through the effort to make the change to water, you will help flush toxins out of your body, be more hydrated, feel better and therefore be able to give a better version of yourself. But it took getting up and making the change.
Last week I decided to get up and get the glass of water I have been saying I would get for years.
We can become so comfortable in our lives that we fail to render to the internal nudges we feel to follow our passions. Because the reality is it takes work, time, finances, etc. I have always been a very well calculated person. I don’t like to take too many risks. I chose a career path where I knew I would always have a job. And that’s great, there is safety in that. But for the past few years God has been nudging me to do more, to get out of my sweet cocoon, to bless, inspire and encourage others through writing. I have fought it off with excuses, “There are too many other people who are so much more eloquent than myself. There are so many writers out there, what difference would my voice make? I don’t have time to do this. My life is so busy.” So I have ignored it with a why bother mentality, let someone else do it.
But after last year the nudge became more of a push. As I mentioned in a previous post, last year completely changed me. I realized I had to stop wasting precious time just watching life go by. God has blessed me beyond what I could have ever imagined with a loving husband, a supportive family, and a wonderful job. It’s like He has been saying, Now what are you waiting for?
So I started to write again and share on my blog. As I continued on in my Journey of Growth, a connect class at my church, and reading John Maxwell’s, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, I got to thinking a lot about commitments and consistency. Under his law of consistency, he stated the following:
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. That means developing great habits. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments, and that bridge must be crossed every day. Over time that daily crossing becomes a habit. And ultimately, people do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.”
So if I know I want to write and this is something I want to be a part of my future, why not work on changing my daily habits now to reflect my someday wishes? With changing daily habits comes commitment.
That being said, last week I purchased my own domain name for my blog. ModestlyMargaret is officially all mine. YAY! This is something I have said I would do “someday” since I started this blog almost 4 years ago. I also joined an online forum called Hope*writers, which is for writers at every stage to help you grow and develop. Both of these investments have taken money and they will take an investment of time. And I also created my own Facebook page, ModestlyMargaret, to specifically share my blog there for Facebook users.
It is exciting & scary all rolled into a ball of about 1000 other emotions.
I don’t know where this journey will take me. Which is the exciting yet terrifying part of it. It’s not like nursing school where I know I will graduate in 2 years, then get a job and move on. This is something I feel so deeply about that it makes me tear up talking about it. I want to be a voice that encourages and inspires. Shares my personal struggles and my journey to overcome and live a victorious life. And maybe has some recipes, hair tutorials, and some random other things thrown in there every now and then.
So I say to you my reader, be encouraged to make a small step TODAY towards something you have been wanting to do “someday.” It doesn’t necessarily mean a financial commitment, it can start out small. Maybe it’s taking 15 minutes out of your day to think, ask yourself questions and write out your goals. Or maybe it’s watching YouTube videos on someone who is skillful at what you want to do. Whatever it is, start today.
I also highly recommend reading John C. Maxwell’s The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.
I promise it will make you ask yourself questions you probably have never thought to ask and have some deep conversations with yourself and those closest to you.
You and your dreams are worth it. Not only that, but the people who will be impacted by your dreams are worth it too.
I leave you with the well-known Nike slogan, JUST DO IT!!