Last week, I attended an amazing conference presented by Jon Acuff, satirist and creator of StuffChristiansLike.net. Jon’s new project, “Quitter,” is the story of how he transformed his life of serial job-hopping (eight jobs in eight years) into his dream job as a best-selling author and speaker with the Dave Ramsey organization. But more than that, Jon shared practical steps to replicate that transformation for any dream.
Just as one day was not enough to share all the lessons Jon has to offer, one blog post could never include all the takeaways (although other participants have provided wonderful recaps! ). But several of his points meshed seamlessly into this season of my life, starting with naming your dream and facing your fears.
For me, I’ve always known that writing filled me up. Writing has provided the moments when I have felt the most peace and the greatest accomplishment. I even feel good about editing a rockin’ email for a friend. Family, friends and coworkers have all encouraged me. You read me. While this doesn’t make me Stephenie Meyer or J. K. Rowling, I do have at least a couple fans that aren’t my mom.
Despite knowing this, though, it’s been crazy hard for me to find my voice and share it consistently. Last weekend, I learned how to stand up to the bully named “fear” that wants to silence this voice. Jon picked that bully into little pieces and blew him out of the room for me. When he tries to come back, Jon taught me and 180-some other people to slam the door in his face like a door-to-door window salesman. For me, for now, that rocks.
Now that the bully is gone, it’s up to me to act. to experiment. to give myself permission to fail gloriously at something that matters rather than to avoid failure by doing nothing at all. This means that you’re going to be hearing more from me. I hope to hear from you too….
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