Written by Laura Prather on March 27, 2017
- Am I wasting my time?
- Does what I do matter?
- Am I on the right path?
- Did I miss my destiny?
Do you ever think to yourself that everyone else succeeds in their efforts in business except you? Have you looked at other people who are in the same industry, then lose confidence because you’ve determined you are unable to do as good of a job or are unqualified to be in your industry?
For me, these types of thoughts come late at night. The dark, quiet hours of the evening often welcome creative ideas, but also, it is not uncommon to experience thoughts of doubt and anxiety over my life purpose and question my professional abilities.
If I’m honest with you, there have been many nights in the past I convinced myself to give up being an entrepreneur because I reasoned I wasn’t “good enough”. The desire to quit was so strong in those moments. How many other people encountered those moments and actually DID give up on their dreams or desires because of doubts or a prolonged plateau in their business?
When I was in the deepest trenches of wondering to pursue my business or lay it down and enter back into the working world, in my mind I kept thinking of this verse from the Bible:
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… Zechariah 4:10
As I lay awake the other night, pondering my work and whether I was moving in the right or wrong direction professionally, I was reminded that those who succeed in what they do are the ones who never give up.
Maybe success isn’t always big, bold, and in your face. There are more individuals who have made history by quietly doing their work and impacting one life at a time. Perhaps there are no accolades and certificates and books written about them, but they did what they were called to do and they did it well.
I admire that.
When we do what we do because we love it and because we love the people that come across our path, then we have achieved “success”.
Some of us will grow big businesses and make a name for ourselves. Others of us may not have the fame and fortune, but the impact within our sphere of influence is no less significant.
We all start with small beginnings.
I need to remind myself of this again and again; refusing the temptation to give up and quit before I see momentum.
Additionally, another thought rose up in my spirit and said, “There is only one you who can do what you do the way you do it. Remove doubt, avoid comparison, and be patient. You are on the right track. Do not despise the days of small beginnings. Embrace them. They are the foundations of a marvelous future!”
Basically, if you don’t quit, you win.