It was 2 o’clock in the morning and minutes away from a book submission deadline when I had a meltdown. The kind of meltdown with wringing hands, tears, and ranting.   Shortly before hitting the “send” button on an email to my editor and realizing a lifelong dream of being a published author, I was overwhelmed with fear and unworthiness.  Classic self-sabotage; I listened to the negative voices in my head.  They whispered terrible things like, “You write like crap.  Why would anyone want to read your story?  You don’t belong here!”

Yes, me.

Have you ever had a dream, after months of hard work, success was knocking on your door only to have you not answer? Contrary to popular belief, accomplishments aren’t realized because of luck, who you know, or your checkbook.  Accomplishments are realized because of a deep, unwavering belief in self and commitment to your dreams.  Sure you could be in the right place at the right time, have support, and talent.  However, if you don’t have self-confidence and take action your dreams are going nowhere.

At 2:35 am, a mentor’s words reminded me to not give up before the miracle happens. I dried my eyes and worked through my fears.    I sat still and focused on my dream.  I realized that I wouldn’t have the opportunity in front of me if I didn’t deserve it.  I countered those negative voices with power words; Worthy. Trust. Believe.  I gulped and hit the “send” button.  Two weeks later my editor responded confirming what I already knew.  She said it was beautiful writing and would resonate with thousands of people and make a difference in their lives.

I’m not sure what big goal you are waiting to hatch? When it does arrive, however, recognize any negative voices and turn them off.  Stay your course because you are worth the fight.  Don’t you dare let anyone stop you from your dreams.  Most importantly, get out of your own way my friend.  If need be, call in the Special Forces.  You have my number right?

The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.” – Anonymous

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