How to Persevere When the World is Telling You to Quit
I was recently asked by Tina Bustamante, one of my writer friends, to write a guest post for her blog. After batting around a couple of topic ideas, we arrived at one that we both know all too intimately: “How to Keep Going When There are no Visible Signs of Success”.
As writers, we’ve both been down long stretches of road with no signs to encourage us or to let us know how much longer it would be until we’d reach our destination. It’s not easy to keep going under these circumstances, especially on those days when your tank is getting low. You don’t have to be a writer to relate to the feeling of hopelessness that seems inevitable under these circumstances.
What do you do to rev up your engines? One of my favorite tactics is to look to others for inspiration. For example, my friend Sylvia Stewart began her writing journey as a missionary in Africa back in 1978. In 1986, she began writing her first novel, “Kondi’s Quest”, and in 2011, this novel was published by Oak Tara. That was a long road to her publishing destination, and I’m sure she had many times when she was tempted to pack it all in. What would have happened if Sylvia had given up? She would never have achieved her goal of publication, and the world would have been deprived of Kondi’s story.
Sylvia didn’t give up, and that inspires me.
To read the rest of my tips on Tina’s blog, click here. May your own journey be richly blessed.
What are your favorite ways to keep yourself motivated when your goal seems out of reach?
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Janalyn Voigt says
Sylvia’s story is one of patient faith in God’s purpose for her life. Having read Kondi’s Quest, I have to say it’s an amazing story that speaks to adults as well as children. I still remember it today, and it’s been at least a year since I read it. That’s the mark of a good book.
I agree, Janalyn. I’m waiting for Sylvia to finish the next Kondi book so I can keep reading.
I am walking to the library today in hopes of reading this book!
I hope they have it, Carol. If not, you could request that they purchase it, which is always a plus for an author. I bet your girls would love this book too.
Trials produce endurance and the testing of our faith, making us perfect and complete! My flesh hates trials and I am constant war with my flesh. Thankful for the Spirit which dwells sweetly within, reminding me to be in God’s Word. His Word richly refills me and reminds me that He is in charge of ALL things. His time, His plan! So glad He brought you into my life!! Thanks for sharing how long it took for the book to be published, it encourages me in my every day struggles!! Considering it All joy!
So nicely said. You’re a blessing on my life!