Never be afraid of failure- be afraid of staying in the same place.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”.- 2 Timothy 1:7
Consistency is the name of the game- little changes Over -little goals added up turns into bigger milestones met.
It’s about waking up every single day putting in the work and staying focused no matter what.
Colossians 3:1–4 contains much that can help us stay focused on Christ: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Everything has a season, some days you feel on top of the world, other days you feel like giving up. This is completely normal!
“For everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Don’t give up!
“Galatians 6:9 reminds us: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Change up the pace, take a walk, seek solitude, recharge and refuel- you might have to change direction but never stop.
Pause, rethink and take breaks often and don’t worry about the monster of productivity. He will consume your heart and soul.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 CSB”
Set timers to stay focused daily and what you can accomplish during that time is all you got done.
Schedule play, just like you schedule anything else. Even if you don’t feel like it, even if you feel like you’re not getting your work done- or the guilt that it would take away from your goals.
But little respites throughout the day is an internationally accepted practice in many countries, where they are more fulfilled emotionally and have more meaningful relationships. Some countries you get paid double to take vacations because they know how productive and grounded you will be when you return.
Take mini vacations daily, even if it’s a 10 minute quiet in the car before a crazy day, even if it’s enjoying your cup of hot coffee in the morning in quiet.
Your work and your monetary wealth does not determine your value. You are an artist and a creative whether or not other people think so. Your follower account doesn’t determine your value. Your amount of checklist that you fulfill today does not determine your value.
Hebrew’s 4:9 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Cuddling with a sick child might not pass on a résumé, but that child will have memories and attachments that were last their entire life. Just because most of the work that you do is unseen, does not mean it’s not valuable and not needed in this world.
What does the Bible say about success?
“What does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul?” (Deuteronomy 10:12)
So if you are putting God first, resting, using your talents and gifts for the purpose of the Kingdom- then you are a success!
If you must, print out these affirmations and save them to yourself daily so that you can be reminded of your value, your worth and how much your love changes this broken world!