If you’re here, reading this, you’ve probably said to yourself, “I can’t.” You’ve probably felt like that thing you’re going after is too big to achieve, and that maybe you aren’t the person to do it. You’ve felt like a failure.
I’ve been there. Quite recently, as a matter of fact. I’ve felt discouraged, inadequate, and overwhelmed, just like you. We all have. It’s a part of life that we all face, and even if you don’t feel that way right now, you will sometime, and I want you to remember something: That thing you care about—it matters. You matter. And even when you feel that you may not be the person to do it, you are. Because you care.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have struggled with feeling inadequate. I’ve struggled with feeling like I’m not the person to do this: that I’m not really anybody “special”. Maybe you feel that way, too.
But, dear friend, you are special. You are different. You have a perspective that nobody else does, and that’s why nobody can use your own voice but you.
But you’ve heard all of that before, haven’t you? “You’re special” is just another nice sentiment, well-intended, but devoid of any real meaning. It may be true, but it doesn’t always make you feel empowered. Instead, you put on a smile, nod, and say, “I know”, all while burying the still-present feelings of inadequacy deep inside.
I feel you.
If you’re like me, you’ve been told that you are special, but you haven’t always felt it. Instead, you wonder why. What makes you special? It’s hard to feel something you don’t understand.
Remember that thing you care so much about? Your job, your book, your blog, or your ministry? That thing that maybe you’re afraid to chase because you feel like you can’t?
Your passion is beautiful. Those ideas that you hold deeply are precious. Your perspective is unmatched. And perhaps that is why we fear to do the things we most desire: because they are important—so important that failure would be devastating. But how much more devastating would it be not to try?
If failure would be devastating, how much more devastating would it be not to try?
— Emily Tjaden (@emily_tjaden) September 8, 2015
Dear friend, I want to encourage you today. Regardless of where you are at; whether others are watching or not, and despite their expectations, be brave. Think about what is most important to you. What is that dream you have? What is it you hope to accomplish most in your life? How do you hope to impact others?
No matter how many times you kick it out the door, self-doubt will always reappear. So how much do you care? If that thing never happens—if others never hear your message, will you be satisfied?
If the answer is no, then you are the one to do this. You’ve been given a gift, and now it’s time to use it.
You can do it.