Bless the Lord, Christian Author!
Welcome to today's Empowering Post.
I'm Felecia Killings, and for this week, I'm sharing powerful tips that will help you become more productive as a new Christian Author.
My ministry/business is designed to help you learn basic and advanced principles that will guide and direct your writing ministry.
And one of the areas that new Christian Authors like you must understand is that in order to thrive, you must learn to use your time, mental energy, and resources effectively.
Now, for today's teaching, I want to teach you about the power of making definite decisions.
This concept may seem like an easy one to adopt, but I can assure you that most new Christian Authors fail in this area.
I have seen it throughout my years of working with them as their coach, mentor, and advisor.
And what tends to happen is that when new authors are unsure about themselves and the work that needs to be done, they ultimately fail in their venture.
So, for today's lesson, I want to teach you specifically:
So, grab your notepad and pen, and let's spend some time discussing this topic, which is sure to empower you!
"Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer." - Napoleon Hill
I remember when I was in Kindergarten, I had made the definite decision to become a teacher.
I told my parents about it, and my father over the years nurtured that passion of mine.
Less than 20 years later, I manifested that dream, and I had reached that goal based on a choice I made at age 5.
There's something powerful about child-like faith.
When children decide to do something, they don't question whether or not it can be accomplished.
They just believe it because they can see it in their minds. And then they act on their desires.
As adults, this doesn't happen as easily.
We tend to worry more about nonsense. We question ourselves and our ability to accomplish great things.
And even when the Lord gives us the power and might to obtain our heart's desire, we still fail to move forward because we have not yet learned to make definite decisions.
Instead, we procrastinate.
We wait around long enough for fear to take over our minds, and then we eventually make the poor choice to quit our endeavors based on that fear.
And in turn, we become less productive, and our works fail.
Napoleon Hill in his analysis of the most productive and wealthiest business men, discovered that "of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, [they] disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed." (Think and Grow Rich, Kindle Version, page 90)
In other words, becoming wealthy or achieving one's goals has nothing to do with luck or chance.
It has everything to do with being a strong decision-maker.
Decision-making is both a wise and necessary trait for all people to have, especially you as a new Christian Author.
What you will find is that it's not enough for you to accept the call to be one of God's writers.
You must also choose to do what's necessary to manifest that calling in the natural.
And those decisions must be based on what you know to be true, what the Lord has already shared with you, and the research that's available to help you manifest your desires.
Here's what I mean.
"You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions." - Napoleon Hill
We live in a fast-paced world.
Couple that with the rise in online interactions, and you will discover that we are much closer to each other than we realize.
While the online space has done wonders in bringing us nearer to each other, regardless of geographical distances, this space has also given more people the option to express their opinions.
I like how Napoleon Hill explains this concept of people's opinions.
He calls them "the cheapest commodities on earth," and argues that "The majority of people...permit the newspapers and the gossiping neighbors to do their thinking for them" (Think and Grow Rich, Kindle Version, page 90).
In other words, people give their opinions freely and often with little care. And those whose minds are weak take in those opinions, using them to shape their own decisions.
And it doesn't matter if these opinions are not based on facts and truth.
Those who are incapable of accurate thinking and sound judgment listen to those opinions, and make stupid decisions about their own lives based on those ideas.
But the fact is people will say and write whatever they want, even if it means destroying another person's life, career, and future.
They did it to Jesus...they did it to the Apostles and Prophets...they do it me, and they will do it to you.
They call me names that go against the very nature of my character.
They say all manner of evil against me online...not because they know me, but because they have formed their opinions about me based on what media say.
(Imagine what would happen to me and my ministry if I allowed their words to control my current behavior.)
This is one of the risks that come with launching an online ministry, and one that I personally experience on a daily basis.
But no matter what people think about us and the work that we are called to do, it's important that we do not allow their thoughts and words to dictate our actions.
Hill gives us a strong warning regarding this: "The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs are, generally, easily influenced by the opinions of others."
Let's apply this statement to our own virtual writing ministries.
New Christian Authors who are easily swayed by other people's opinions generally fail to see their works succeed.
They are more concerned with pleasing the naysayers than they are about the mission.
And when this happens, the ministry fails because it's not receiving the kind of care and nurturing that it needs.
And here's what I mean.
Often times, the people who speak the most doubt concerning our calling and ministry are the people closest to us.
I had this experience in my own life.
When I made the decision to sacrifice about 3 years of my life to building and launching my ministry full-time, closest family members and friends did not support me.
I heard, "You need to find a real job."
Or, "Get back out there."
While their intentions were to "help" me get back on my feet after being hit hard with the public scandal that thwarted my previous success, they didn't realize that they were actually doing more damage to me.
They were destroying my confidence in my ability to see this ministry thrive.
They were feeding into the negative thoughts and words that others had said about me.
And it really took it's toll on me until I made the definite choice to stop listening to them.
I simply decided, "If they will not speak words of encouragement to me, then they must be removed."
Hill made this remark to support what I'm saying: "Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all through life, because some well-meaning, but ignorant person, destroyed their confidence through opinions or ridicule."
And you probably can think of a few people in your life who have done the same thing to you.
I can tell you from first-hand experience that when you listen to these naysayers, no matter who they are, you will eventually fail in your calling and mission.
Because your thoughts won't be focused on what you need to do. Your focus will be on trying to appeal to the opinion of others.
Yet, those people have nothing to do with your ministry and its growth.
In 2015, I came to this realization, and as hard as it was for me to "divorce" or cut certain people off, I did just that.
Why? Because I was committed to the mission and the dream that God gave me for this great work.
And I knew that if I persisted in this endeavor, that eventually it would usher in great financial and spiritual rewards for me, my daughter, my future family, and the people God brought my way.
Now, I mean it when I say that I cut everyone off who I believed to be a threat to my ministry's development: siblings, parents, friends, church folk, any and everybody.
I didn't speak to any of them nor did I allow their thoughts--because I can read thoughts--to have any place in my world.
Again, that was such a hard decision, but a necessary one.
And when I made that choice for the betterment of my life and my calling, then I gave more attention to the ministry and my mission.
And guess what?
My ministry began to grow.
Most often, people will give their negative opinions about your ministry because they can't see what you see.
Their perception is based on what is before them physically.
In other words, they have no faith in your work.
So, why would you let them give you their opinions about your ministry?
Common sense tells us to stop listening to them.
It doesn't mean that we hate them, but it simply means that we love God more and we are committed to doing what He told us to do.
And over time, as the ministry begins to unfold, they will start to see what we saw from the beginning.
This is the hope that I have, because contrary to what many people think, I do love my family...but my family has no part in this work, at least not right now.
And it's not because I don't want them to experience my ministry.
It's because their lack of faith is a detriment to my growth. And that makes me a poor disciple of this work.
I think this is what Jesus meant when He said, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters--yes, even their own life--such a person cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26, NIV).
Now, this scripture is strong meat, and can only be digested by a Believer who is mature in the faith.
The Lord isn't teaching us anything that goes against the law of God to love one another.
Instead, He is pointing out that when it comes to being disciplined and making definite decisions to follow Him, there will come a point when you have to choose to whom you will listen.
Here's an example of what I mean.
If I made the choice to listen to my family when they told me, "Go out there and get a real job" instead of focusing on the vision that God gave me, then I can't truly say that I'm a disciple of the Lord.
Why? Because my actions would prove to be more loyal to my family's opinion than what the Lord already instructed me to do.
Again, a hard truth, but a truth nonetheless.
You must be willing and courageous to do the same thing.
It's tough trying to build and scale your writing ministry. I know this.
But it becomes even more difficult to accomplish when you allow the opinions of others to dictate all of your actions.
Instead, you must learn to be resolute and dogmatic...
...stubborn, even, when it comes to your ministry.
You must be so sure and full of faith that nothing stops you from achieving your goals.
You must have this type of discipline, because this is the only way that you will thrive in your work.
Why? Because you will be confronted with opposition and adversity on this journey.
And if you are consistently indecisive about your ministry, the winds of people's opinions will blow you away.
That's not a good thing!
So, you must learn to stop waiting for other people's approval of your ministry, and instead focus on the people who actually need your work--your readers, your buyers, and your audience members.
When it comes to the work, they are the ones that matter...not Pooky and them.
Any other opinion that goes against the vision that God has for you, you must bring down.
Jesus did it, and so must we.
"Definiteness of decision always requires courage, sometimes very great courage."- Napoleon Hill
The fear that we often experience when it comes to making decisions has more to do with being wary of the risks involved in that decision.
Sometimes those risks are minor while other times they can be major.
It's a risky decision that you made when you chose to spend your time building your writing ministry.
That time could have been devoted to other work, sometimes work that could have paid you much more at the moment.
When I made the choice to commit to my ministry full-time, I didn't do it because I had all the money in the world to support me.
I didn't have a massive savings account.
I didn't have anything except the word of the Lord, pure faith in His promise to me, and a determination to see it manifested.
But that was enough to keep me going, because the decision to be His disciple resulted in financial increase and the scaling of my ministry.
Now, when people see my work and what I'm accomplishing online--in spite of all the things that should have destroyed me from my past experience (just Google my name to see what I mean)--many of them envy me.
They want to be trained under me.
They want what I have, and are willing to pay me to help them obtain it.
What I've learned is that the risk involved in making this definite decision to launch my ministry does not compare to the rewards that await me.
And the same is for you, Dear Writerpreneur.
There are massive rewards for you if you will continue to do what God tells you to do.
You will experience greatness in this life and in eternity.
There will be many people in your ministry who experience breakthrough and transformation.
You are only witnessing the surface layer of the kind of impact that will come your way.
But in order to walk in that fully, you must learn to make definite decisions and to stick with those choices, regardless of what people think.
This is key to your success and your productivity.
I'll wrap this teaching up with a final quotation from Napoleon Hill:
"Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely know what they want and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life decide quickly and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man [or woman] whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going" (Think and Grow Rich, Kindle Version, page 96).
As you make the choice today to be what God has called you to be, understand that you will also need the training and support that will help you reach your goals.
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So, I bless you, Christian Author!
I pray that today's teaching encouraged you as it did me.
I will be back with another teaching on how to increase your productivity as a new author. So, stay tuned.
And as always, let's grow together!
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