Do you ever wish you could go back in time, and tell your younger self something? I do. But since it’s impossible for me to time-travel, at least for now, I can do the next best thing. I can share my insights with others.
So here are three things I wish I would have known as a younger writer:
1. Take the risk to believe anything is possible. I wasted a lot of unnecessary time wallowing in fear. By setting my mind to study and learn, I now realize writing is not an etherial, mysterious, or fantasy life. Instead, the successful resolve to work hard and deny fears natural to anyone who dares to believe they can make their dreams reality.
Victorious writers have no special quality, other than they don’t give up!
2. Help is available. One of the reasons most of us delay or deny ourselves the chance to follow our dreams is the sense of being alone. But you are not. Today, you can Google writing coaches, online forums and other writing groups, connect with other writers on social media, and attend conferences.
In just a few weeks, some of us at the StoryWriting Studio will be attending the Little Rock Christian Writers Conference, an inexpensive one day event, chock full of good information and networking opportunities. Here’s a list of other conferences around the nation in 2014. (Since we are a Christian-based organization, these are Christian writer’s conferences.)
3. God planted the dream in your heart, and you have a responsibility to unearth it. I used to buy into the lie that my writing desires were selfish. It wasn’t until I submitted the fact that God placed the dream in me, before I was even born, that I was free to pursue it.
In the Parable of the Talents, starting in Matthew 25:14, the Master tells the servant with the one talent who had buried it, “You should have at least invested with the bankers.”
A few years ago, I learned to pray over my dreams, and ask God, “Who are the bankers? Who do you want me to invest my talents with?”
The results have amazed me, and I only wish I would have known this sooner. However, as Anita Fresh Faith, I believe it’s never too late for a fresh start, for me and for those I hope to inspire.
With that in mind, I pray you take these three things from this post: Risk believing your dreams are possible, know plenty of help is available, and trust in the dream, not because of you, but because God planted it in your heart.
What do you wish you would have known sooner?
Anita Fresh Faith (Anita Agers Brooks)
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, select Walmart’s, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite past time is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.
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