The other day I wanted to give up on Sunday| Magazine and ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. I felt like they weren’t reaching people like I was hoping.
Now, they reach a combined 50,000 people each month. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. The sites are reaching plenty of people and the content is going great.
But for some reason, that day, I was going through a depressive slump. Maybe someone said something mean. I don’t know. But it didn’t matter how well the sites were doing, I was going to be bummed out. Isn’t that the exact state of the artist? Doomed to be depressed with your own work – no matter how good or bad it is?
So I was ready to give up. Giving up is an easy option. It requires very little effort. You simply stop, and it’s done.
But I’m determined to never take the easy way out. That worked out to my benefit that day. It kept me from making a very foolish mistake.
The point is, you will want to quit. There will come a day when you’re dissatisfied with your artistic work. You’ll want to give up. Maybe you’ve already given up countless times. But don’t do it again. Don’t take the easy way out.
I’m convinced that, through those moments of resistance, true beauty awaits. When we can push through the barriers of our own insecurities, great things come.
Don’t let moments of doubt keep you from pursuing a dream. Don’t let slow results dampen your resolve. Don’t give up – that’s the easy option. Things worth doing are never easy.