Jo’s Journal: Are You Staring Up at a Mountain in Your Life?

Jo’s Journal: Are You Staring Up at a Mountain in Your Life?

by Joanne Troppello

Staring up at a mountain in your life can become pretty daunting. If you are not careful, you’ll get discouraged. You may start thinking that you can never ever climb that mountain and then cross to the next valley.

That’s when you need to dig deep inside yourself to find the courage to continue to the valley of your dreams.

For me, faith is the first step to getting to the answer of how to traverse the mountain pass. If I don’t have faith that God is watching out for me and that He has a plan—that His ways are higher than my ways—then I end up trekking the pathway in my own strength. Then I end up failing and becoming even more frustrated with the difficult journey.

Sage Wisdom

My mom used to always tell me that where there’s a will, there’s a way. I truly believe she was right in drilling that perspective into my mind and heart.

If I don’t have a desire to succeed and strive for success, how will I ever cross that mountain? If I keep looking at the impossibilities, how will I ever see all that is possible through God’s strength and direction in my life?

“Through hard work, perseverance, and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.” – Dr. Ben Carson

Prepare for the Unexpected

However, willpower is not the only ingredient needed to trek through that mountain pass. You need good climbing gear, food, and to basically be prepared for the unexpected.

Preparing for the worst scenario to occur in your life can help you be more ready if that actually happens. Yet, most of the fears and insecurities we have are the only thing holding us back at times from accomplishing great things and reaching the summit.

Applying the Principle

In your writing life, you need the same thing. Have you studied and learned your craft? Are you keeping current on all the best marketing strategies? What about your emotional needs for encouragement? Have you linked up with other authors who can provide that encouragement to you?

I discuss this topic further in my recent column: Can Authors Benefit From Connecting With Other Authors?

If you are prepared with your power pack and have the will power to succeed, your trek through the mountain won’t be easy. However, you will make it to the summit and then down into the valley of your dreams for times of refreshment in the Lord—to renew your purposes and get you ready for the next mounting climbing experience.

Even if you don't see results right away, keep going—because if you don't, you'll surely never see any results at all.

Inspiring Stories

I really want to encourage other authors to keep going to achieve their dreams, even when the going gets tough. I’d like to share inspiring stories from other authors who have been successful and achieved success making it over the hurdles in their way.

If you are an author who would like to share an encouraging story about your writing career, please contact me. I would love to schedule you for a guest post at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

About the Author

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.

Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter.

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