Greetings, Christian Author!
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where I share powerful tips and strategies that will help you launch the writing ministry of your dreams.
I want to wish you a Happy New Year, and I pray that 2018 becomes the year that you see your vision fully manifested.
As I reflect on all that was accomplished in 2017, I am amazed by the favor and blessing that God worked through this writing ministry. Here are just some of my testimonies: In 2017,
Overall, 2017 was good for me and this writing ministry.
And now it's time to maximize on those triumphs. It's time to take what worked and expand on them so that I see my full vision coming to pass.
I hope that you are considering the same with your own writing ministry.
In 2018, I want you to begin EXPECTING great things to happen for you. In my school, I teach my students that it's so important that they create a vision statement, reciting it each day until they build the faith to see it manifested in the natural.
I teach my students that nothing great will come to them unless they are willing to pay the price that it takes to see their ideas brought to fruition.
And I want to share that same lesson with you, Dear Writerpreneur.
This year will only be as great as the work that you put into it.
If you give the same time, energy, and resources to your ministry that you did in 2017, then you can only expect to receive the same results in 2018.
In other words, if you didn't devote quality time to building your writing ministry in 2017, and you bring that same behavior over into 2018, then don't expect to receive anything great this year.
This lesson is especially applicable with regards to building your Author Platform.
If you didn't add much to it in 2017, then it's time to start taking it more seriously in 2018. And this is what I want to teach you in today's Empowering Post.
This article will show you why 2018 is the best year to begin building your Author Platform. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow will soon be here. But today is what will determine where you (and your writing ministry) will be in the near future.
So, grab your notepad and pen, and let's spend some time together, discussing why this is the year that you start to make things happen.
2018: A New Beginning and a Time of Acceleration
There is a passage of Scripture that teaches us to "number our days" (Psalm 90:12). In the context of this message, the writer is making an observation of how futile man is when compared to the wisdom of God.
He writes about how we are like a "wispy dream," here one minute and gone the next. But God is outside of time, for to Him, a thousand years is as a day. It's all the same.
And as the writer transitions into his next statement, he asks the Lord, "Teach us to live well. Teach us to live wisely and well!" (MSG) In other words, he is asking the Lord to instruct him on how to live just as God lives.
To the Lord, there are no wasted moments. Everything counts. Everything that we do, every moment that we live, it matters to Him.
But as mere men, we often devalue the time that we have been given. We waste it away, thinking nothing of what has been provided to us.
Therefore, the writer urges us in a way to "number our days;" we must learn to live well and to use wisdom in all that we do.
This is especially true for those of us who have been called to be God's writers. If we want to truly walk in this calling and to experience the favor of the Lord, then we must assign purpose to our days so that we become wise in our ministries.
Luck Won't Get You There
If you've been with my writing ministry for a while, then you pretty much know my story.
I had a desire to build a business that would sustain me and my daughter. It's not easy being a single mother, although we have many resources that help us to survive.
And it's certainly not easy to cultivate a business when you have no idea what you're doing.
When I first began this work in 2011, I thought it would magically thrive. Why? Because God placed it in my heart to do it.
What I didn't realize was that I would have to put in serious work if I wanted to prosper. I would have to develop the drive and passion to see this thing flourish. More importantly, I would have to cease in waiting for success to hit my work, and instead start positioning my ministry to work because I learned to apply what I had been learning.
You see, building your writing ministry will not happen by chance or luck. You will not experience success simply because you received a word from the Lord.
There are millions of people today who have received a creative idea from Heaven; yet they do nothing with it.
They don't cultivate it. They don't nourish it. They don't educate themselves. And they don't apply anything.
They simply sit around and wait for God to do everything; but He has already provided all that we need (and more) to cause us to become successful.
I touched upon this topic in a previous article, and I encourage you to read it today. But the point that I want to drive home is that if you want 2018 to be a year of growth and prosperity, then you HAVE TO do your part.
Increase will come after you plant the seed and water it. It's the natural law of success. But the key rests with you.
Your Author Platform Won't Build Itself
One of the things that I appreciate about the Lord is His desire to help each one of His children thrive in their calling.
And I believe that the Lord drew you to this work simply because He wants you to receive the help and support you need to make practical plans of actions for your writing ministry.
One of the most important lessons that you will learn about building your writing career is that you must create an Author Platform.
Now, you might hear people say that "it doesn't take all that to become successful." And my advice to you is, "Ignore them!"
It does take all this and more.
Success requires a level of commitment and determination that only a few people are willing to give.
Success is not a guarantee to you simply because you are a Christian.
There are plenty of unsuccessful Believers and a slew of prosperous unbelievers. And the reasons for this difference is simply because one person has mastered the laws of success (as created by God) while the other person is doing nothing with the provisions that God has provided.
Don't be that person.
Be who God called you to be, and put to work the principles that He has established so that you thrive.
Let me encourage you today with this powerful video on how you will experience true success in 2018. (Disclaimer: Pardon the language on some of the video. The message that they teach, however, cannot be denied.)
Working on Your Writing Ministry and Author Platform Will Not Be Easy
Building your work in 2018 will require these elements. Anyone who has achieved success in any endeavor understands that it requires doing more than the average person.
For example, there are times when I don't feel like working on my platform.
I don't always feel like constructing a new blog post or creating another video.
It would be nice if all the content that I have already produced was sufficient to keep my ministry growing.
But that's not how this thing works.
Our writing ministries are living organism. They are extensions of God's Kingdom in the earth. They possess life and wholeness. And when we neglect to nurture them, we will eventually see them perish.
Working on your Author Platform will not always be easy or fun. You will find that sometimes you just don't feel like doing anything.
But you must push through those feelings and produce what needs to be completed.
Write that chapter.
Create that post.
Work on that video.
Build your ministry over time, so that when you look back on it a year from today, you will see that it was all worth it.
2018 is Your Year...Make it Count
Don't waste another moment wondering when your time will come.
Your time is right now. You simply must be in position to receive the increase.
When I was looking for God to bring my writing ministry to the forefront, I had to ask myself, "What am I doing to make myself ready to receive that?" And you must ask yourself the same thing.
If you want your books, your products, your services, and your other offerings to truly minister to people, then you must begin today in building that public forum, i.e. your Author Platform.
People won't know what you have to offer until you begin sharing your online presence.
Your ideal readers won't discover you until you put yourself out there to be discovered.
So, make this year great! Don't say to yourself, "Well, if God be willing."
NO! He is willing!
And He made His will known to you when He gave you the idea to launch your writing ministry.
And that's what I want to leave you with today.
Whether you decide to work on your ministry on your own, or if you decide to receive the help and support that you need to get you to your next level...
DO. WHAT. IS. NECESSARY.
Don't make excuses in 2018.
Make promises and stick with them.
Want to Grow in Your Writing Ministry in 2018?
Let me encourage you today, Writerpreneur, to take the step of faith in moving your writing ministry forward.
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In closing, I pray that this post stirred your faith. Understand that my ministry is here for you, and I believe in what God gave you. I believe so strongly that I've devoted thousands of hours to bringing you the education you need to make your work a success.
So, I bless you, and I will be back with another Empowering Post next week. Stay tuned!
And as always, let's grow together!
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