Imagine that you’ve just finished writing the perfect post. It challenges and inspires you. You’re more motivated than ever to be your best. And it’s the best post you’ve written in a long time, if not your best post of all time.
Pictures are just right, and the layout is balanced. Tags and categories are added too. Excited about sharing your message, you hit publish. Then you sit back and wait for the moment of truth.
The clock seems to stand still. Five minutes go by without a click. Perhaps something happened. You check to make sure the post went through.
You watch as ten minutes tick away. Then thirty minutes are gone. Finally, a single like comes through. The post must have been published successfully. Now, what do you do?
If you have inspirational deficiency, you may get discouraged. Nagging thoughts may even come to mind. Maybe I should rewrite the message. Perhaps I should try another time.
If you’re inspirationally proficient, you understand the value of positivity. You wrote with hopes that others would be lifted up. While you shared the post for others, you needed encouragement that day. The message was written for you.
Although it’s great to get responses from others, confidence needs to come from within. If your inspiring words made a difference in just one person’s life, a post with as few as one or two likes was a win.
Don’t wait for praise or approval from others. You are your own best advocate. Do it for you. Inspire yourself to action.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”