I read that if you create something, anything, you will be criticized. Not by everyone, of course, but there are always those that you wonder, “Didn’t your Mama ever teach you, if you don’t have something nice to say…?” Yet, that criticism isn’t failure, it’s just inevitable. I was also listening to a podcast today and someone said that if you’re trying to create something for “the crowd” you’ve already lost. You have to do it for yourself. That really resonated with me. You have to create your thing and let it be. Not for the “crowd” but for you. Then, you’ll have made room to move on to the next thing or idea that has crept into your brain. If you keep waiting for the crowd’s approval it will cripple any creative idea that moves you.

Someone close to me got me started on picking a word for each year. Have you heard about that? You pick it in the beginning of the year and you let that word define your attitude towards the coming year. This year, I picked the word ‘Persevere.’

Google defines ‘Persevere’ as to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success”.

I felt this word could be applied toward many aspects of my life and things I knew would be coming up this year. I wanted to remind myself to stick with the things that may be unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unimaginable or even unattainable. All those things deserve my intentional effort even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.

Are you creating a business? Writing a book? Creating art or music? Photography? How about a different take on “creating” like creating family priorities? Financial goals? Spiritual discipline? A better marriage? What is it you want to do? Forget the crowd. Don’t let them dictate how you do it.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”

Persevere, my Friend.

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