My First Blog Post

 

I’m sitting in my office on a comfortable couch, pen in hand. Maxx, my Pomeranian puppy, is lying at my feet with his big wondering eyes looking pointedly in my direction – “Why don’t you play with me?” I am doing my best to ignore both Maxx and the computer on my desk that keeps making beeping sounds. I’ve been sitting here for a while now … but the paper in front of me is still blank.

My first blog post.

I feel like I can’t write just anything…. I have to write something IMPORTANT.

And “ZAP!” Just like that my mind transports me to a time long ago when I purchased an exquisite (and expensive) journal. It was covered in dark blue genuine leather embossed with gold lettering and fancy designs. It had inspirational quotes at the top of every page and a silk ribbon to mark the last entry. But the book was blank. I can still remember the feeling of holding that impressive journal in my hands with such reverence wondering what words I could possibly write that would be worthy to grace one of its pristine pages. Nothing came. I finally put the book on a shelf and forgot about it.

Years later while tossing some books into a box to get ready to move to a new home I found the journal again and as I did a quick scan of its pages I was surprised and delighted to discover that I actually had, at some point, made a couple of entries. They told of several sweet incidents with my very young children that I had completely forgotten about. Oh, if I had only written more! The pretty journal itself meant nothing to me now but those precious few words brought tears to my eyes.

If you’re reading this because you have a dream that you want so much to pursue or complete, you might be asking what an old journal has to do with making your dream come true. The answer is RESISTANCE.

As a Business Builder and Dream Coach, nothing excites me more than being able to help my clients turn their dreams into a life and a livelihood they love but I have discovered that wherever there is a Dream there is Resistance.

Somewhere between the dreaming and the doing of it, fear and self-doubt step in and procrastination and paralysis take over. Our goals and dreams can seem so important, so big and so daunting that we suddenly wonder if we are even qualified to bring them to fruition. “Who am I kidding anyway? Whatever made me think I could actually DO that?” “I’m just not good enough.”

And another dream is put on the shelf.

If you’re reading this blog, I won’t let you stop dreaming until you do it.

I will keep reminding you that if God put the dream in your heart He also gave you the ability to make that dream come true.

I will convince you beyond all doubt that you ARE “good enough.”

I will show you some simple strategies to help you reset your Vision.

I will give you some first steps to move your dream forward.

And I will show you how to RELEASE THE RESISTANCE!!!

Resistance is stubborn and it’s sneaky. It disguises itself as rational thinking. It tells you to be practical. It insists on perfection. It will convince you that you are “not ready” yet, that you need to take one more course, gain more credentials, do more research, lose weight, de-clutter your house, finish another project first, play it safe. It will show you a thousand things that you should perfect and polish before you put your work out to the world.

But here’s what Resistance doesn’t want you to know. You are already READY. Just Start. Take the first few steps and figure it out as you go. Because as you step out there, Resistance will begin to fade. When you move forward, he backs away.

Every single successful author, artist, master teacher, statesman, business person – in fact, every single person who has ever made a difference in this world, large or small — has met Resistance and made a way through it.

The Resistance you may be feeling right now is the measure of your destiny. The greater the dream, the greater the Resistance. Your dream matters that much. LIVE IT!

 

Kathy

Comments

  1. That was a great first post, Kathy! You had me from beginning to end. And your personification of Resistance made it seem like something tangible I can sidestep past.
    Looking forward to reading future posts.

  2. I FELT THIS GIVE ONE THE OK LIGHT TO START RALIZING THAT YOU ARE NOT NUTS AND THAT IT IS TIME TO GET MOVING..
    ALL SOMOENE NEEDS IS SOMEONE TO ENCOURAGE THEM…BELIEVE IN THEM….AND IT STARTS THE BALL ROLLING..EACH OF US HAS A GIFT AND IF YOUR GIFT IS BEING FABULOUS AT ENCOURAGING…THEN ENCOURAGE SOMEONE DAILY..IT MAY BE JUST THE KEY THAT OPENS THEIR MIND..THAT THEY CAN “REALLY REALLY” START!! I REMEMBER WAAAAY BACK WHEN..THAT I WAS IN A GROUP OF PEOPLE..LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITY…AND ONE ASKED ME IF I WAS GOING TO WIN MY CAR WITH MARY KAY…AND ONE GENTLEMAN QUICKLY SAID…IF ANYONE CAN DO IT SHE CAN…AND JUST BECAUSE HE SAID THAT OUT LOUD IN FRONT OF ALL THOSE PEOPEL..I HONESTLY FELT I COULD..HE ENCOURAGED ME BY JUST LETTING THE REST KNOW WHAT HE FELT..HE WAS A LEADER AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF IF HE THINKS I CAN..I MUST CAN…MAKE SENSE?? AND I DID…I STILL REMEMBER THE LIGHT BULB GOING ON IN MY HEAD..WHEN HE ENCOURAGED ME…KATHY YOU ARE A MASTER AT ENCOURAGING..NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE YOUR POWER! AND GIFT!!

  3. Bethany Shepherd

    Beautifully said. The analogy of the journal with two entries hits the mark.

    I will press on and do whatever I can everyday. I have been and will continue. My destiny is unfolding and I’m happy just showing up!

    Thanks Kathy. You are powerful encouragement to my life.

    Heart wide open,

    Beth

    PS My blog http://bethshep315.blog.com/wp-admin/?c=1

  4. Karen

    As I was reading your blog and I kept thinking of different journals I have put on a shelf and forgot about them. Your thoughts have inspired me to go find them and read my past thoughts and ideas. Might have a million dollar idea. Thank you. Much love.

  5. Joy

    Whenever I read an article that I cannot put down because it reads so fast and flows so easily, I know it comes from the heart. And I also know the writer is genuine. That is what this article did for me. Resistance. Oh, yea. I have always known I was a procrastinator. Now I know why! Thank you for your insight.

  6. Sheila

    What a woman you are; you could inspire almost anyone to try almost anything. The journal and what you found touched me. I’ve been keeping a journal for almost 20 years. I don’t write often. It sort of happens naturally when I need it. Once in a great while I read it to see how far I’ve come with so much richness in my life. All the joy and tears, growing in faith and (I hope) patience.

    Good stuff.

  7. Kathy, Biggest Boldest Dream

    I just popped on to say a big heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who have taken time to read and comment on my FIRST BLOG POST. I so appreciate your encouragement. As VASHTI said sometimes “ALL SOMEONE NEEDS IS SOMEONE TO ENCOURAGE THEM…BELIEVE IN THEM…. AND IT STARTS THE BALL ROLLING…” I am already encouraged to write my next post.

    I also want to compliment KAREN EDGAR on her own excellent blog for Coaches: http://igniteyourcoachingbusiness.com/2015/10/13/the-ripple-effect-of-client-attraction/#respond

    Karen says ” Because, the lives who you are helping change will pass onto others whose lives will be also changed. Growing their business and have the income and abundance they desire does more that just add money to their bottom line. It allows people to get out there in a really BIG way and make a difference in the world.” Karen, you sum up why I LOVE being a Coach!

  8. Jacqui Phipps

    Great first Blog Kathy, already looking forward to the next one. You write so beautifully. ?

  9. Cat Virzi

    I am really asking myself, as I’m nesting for my next outward pulse, “What’s holding you back?” And a new question presents itself: “What can you learn/do/set up so that these particular internal or external resistances are addressed?” And that brings me back to appreciating exactly where I am, in a place of nesting…of setting up, of building a solid and sustainable foundation, which holds me beautifully through times where the train might be so fast as to go off the rails. This foundation includes my relationships (friends, family, colleagues), my environment (where I dwell), my health (mind/body/spirit), and particularly my habits. I’m leaving no stone unturned, no part of life will hold me back once this nesting is complete. And so I am confident, as I go around my busy days, even if they aren’t filled with doing “my thing”…all my activity is leading up to that happening! One more question to ask many times, throughout the day: “Right now, am I stalling or nesting?!”

  10. Perfectly said Kathy. All dreams hold hands with resistance. Those few special souls that achieve their dreams have enormous amounts of courage and perseverance to push through it. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  11. You got my attention! I, too have lovely journals. I was inspired to write each day, however, days went by and the desire left. As you said, what do I have to say of importance? I am facing fear, resistance and uncertainty. They are challenging me to step out and DARE to DO IT. They are pulling at my heart, my mind and my self confidence. I am persistent and rather stubborn, so I believe, I am fully capable of demolishing this nagging nemesis.

    Your blog is so timely for me. Thank you for taking the time to express what so many of us experience as we grow our business and our identity as an entrepreneur.

  12. Wow, Karhy! Great first post! This is so true and such a personal stronghold to overcome as #entrepreneurs.

  13. Jan Barrymore

    You are so awesome! Your first blog and you are talking right to me! I so much appreciate you, your love and inspiration. Yours words are not wasted now, or in the past. I just needed another nudge! Thank you!

  14. Love this post, but especially the title. In fact, I may steal a page from your play book and make my first podcast be titled, “My first podcast.” =) LOVE IT. The vision you cast for your blogging efforts in this post is powerful and engaging… and I look forward to you bringing into full fruition! go Kathy!

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