Next Steps…

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” John Carmack

There is no perfect formula for success. Even as we refine our craft, connect with peers, and forge ahead through rejection—prayer and persistence precede progress.

When you have written what’s on your mind or in your heart, there comes a time we must trust that our words will find their home. Our words may uplift a neighbor or friend. In time, those words may encourage hundreds if not thousands of other individuals. But we can never make it to these milestone moments unless we continue to push through disappointment. Failure, though daunting, can force us to grow and develop in ways we never considered previously. Those moments where we await a breakthrough are periods of preparation that can guide us to reevaluate and evolve.

Search for options to expand your craft, no matter what creative or professional outlet you pursue. There may be false starts and lulls; however, when we continuously develop the gifts within us, we walk not only in our purpose but also lay hold to the contentment most of us earnestly seek.

Life is often an arduous journey. Still, the thrill of victory is worth the many miles traveled to achieve it. As we close the first quarter of 2023, let us reflect on our expectations for the year and how we can best achieve our goals.

Keep writing, managing, building, or whatever it is you do passionately. Don’t allow your hopes for the New Year to quietly fade away. Take hold of them and take action—one determined step at a time.