In this first post I would like to make a couple promises.
First, this will be bad - at first... I’m not much of a writer. But that is why I am starting this blog. I want to get better. My only request is that you please hang with me. Because my next promise is...
It will get better. I am making this blog to develop my writing skills and build a community around my ideas. This is because I’m working on a book. God has implanted an idea in my mind for a book that he wants me to write. I’ve had this idea for a while, but I have recently decided to put it into motion.
From other people that I have read, I have discovered that writing a book is like a marathon. And like any marathon, you have to train. This blog is the training. I’m putting my ideas out there for everyone to see, trying to get some feedback to hone them into something compelling. And I’m practicing my writing to build my skills so that those compelling ideas are in a form that someone will want to read.
So, like I said, please hang with me. I will be posting at least once or twice a week, so keep checking back. Also, please interact. Comment a lot. Tell your friends... I want feedback.
My final thought for this first post is on perfection. The idea of perfection is part of why I am starting my book now, and why I haven’t started it until now. (Considering the fact that I have had the idea for at least three years.)
I am a perfectionist. Not with all things, but with a lot of things. When I do something or say something I want it to be right. I pretty much always have to be right. It’s a pride problem that I have.
But I realized that I am never going to be perfect. Not everything I say or write will be correct. I just have to get over that. And honestly, part of the reason is that I don’t want to lead anyone astray.
But I read a quotation the other day that hit me pretty hard. It was by Jon Acuff. (By the way, I highly recommend looking him up.) He said that “90% perfect and published always changes more lives than 100% perfect and in your head.”
This so true. And I want to encourage you with this same thing. I have had this idea or dream for a while, but never wanted to put it into action because I was afraid I didn’t know enough.
We all have dreams. We all have things that we want to do. But we’re all afraid of failing. We’re all afraid of messing up. But it is better to mess up a little bit and change lives than to never mess up and not change any.
The publishing part of the quotation may not apply to you, but I’m confident that the concept does.
What is it that you want to do? What is your dream? Is it some sort of business dream or ministry you want to start?
God has given us all a dream. A dream that will change the lives of the people around us. We just have to discover what that dream is and then we have to pursue it. In my life the hard part wasn’t finding the dream. That one came easy. The hard part for me is going forward with it.
But whatever stage you are at in your dream, join me in moving forward. Let’s start together. I've decided to do my best to put my fears behind me and I’m looking forward to what is going to happen with my dream. I hope you do the same.
What is your dream? And what is the first step you are going to take to move forward with that dream?