If only that expert would share my book with his followers THEN I would be where I need to be.
If only that site would feature my book THEN I would reach my desired goals.
If only that group would invite me to be a part of their event THEN I would get the attention that I need for that next level.
If only . . .
I sat through a webinar with Jeff Goins and Grant Baldwin where Grant was presenting amazing tools for building a speaking career. I want to build a speaking career. I was just telling someone the other day that I have found that I enjoy the spoken words more than the written words and THAT is saying a lot.
It was the perfect topic and the perfect time. The information poured out during the webinar filled my pages and I struggled to keep up. The flow of information came so fast and furious that I defaulted to the handout and gave up on taking separate notes.
The moment of truth arrived. I counted my spare change and prepared to jump to take the action that would move me on – if only the price was something I could manage then I could FINALLY get there – to that place that I hungered to reach. The price was out of reach not because it was excessive but because we were in a place where there was not a lot of extra.
I whined to my family for a moment and lamented the fact that I would not be able to take the step.
“If only.” I heard the phrase come out of my mouth and it dawned on me that “if only” had become an easy excuse for me. I had settled on “if only” instead of taking the initiative to make the most of where I am and what I have – like I encourage others to do and I have done in other situations in my life. Take action because action is required to get you there – if I have said that once then I have said it a thousand times (usually to my children).
But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sire,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” (Jesus speaking in Matthew 21:28 – 31)
If only I would invest as much time in pursuing my dreams as I do in catching up on the latest Netflix releases.
If only I would spend as much effort creating opportunities for my speaking as I do talking about the fact that I have not found the opportunities.
If only I would give as much attention to helping you reach your potential as I do in expecting you to get me to mine.
Jeff Goins and Grant Baldwin were a HUGE inspiration for me and I know that when the time is right then I will have the chance to work with them But I have to move forward from where I am right now. Visit Grant Baldwin’s website to learn more about building a speaking career. Visit Jeff Goins for more tips and ideas for growing up your writing career.