When I shared my love of writing with people, it was so contagious. People would say, “I wanna write a novel too.” Inside I wanted to say, “No, no, that’s my dream! Find your own dream!”
But imitation is supposed to be one of the sincerest form of flattery, right? So why was I feeling this way? It was irrational, but I was sure then that if they started writing, they would learn from my mistakes, produce a best-selling novel and upstage me in a heartbeat. But has anyone ever tried write down 75,000 vocabulary words? Hello, it’s hard work, and getting those 75,000 words to actually tell a story is even harder. So if someone could produce a novel and make it best-selling, then they truly deserve it.
It was awful feeling that stingy. But now if you click on Explore, you’ll see articles on writing under Authentically Write. So how did I get here? It was a journey indeed, but it feels so great to be in this place. It’s important to note that I didn’t get here because I wrote an amazing novel and proved it to everyone. I got here independent of circumstances. I got here because I went to the root of my jealousy (and worse, it was jealousy of what might be).
Jealousy stems really from two key factors: not knowing who you are and what your purpose is. If you truly knew who you were and what you were here to do, you would never, ever look at someone’s Facebook and be jealous. You would not envy another’s success or potential success.
If you had these two things as a foundation, you would be unstoppable and untouchable to the praises and criticisms of others and to circumstances—failures or successes. Wouldn’t that be the most wonderful feeling? The world could huff and puff and try anything that it could to blow you away, but you would still be standing. (I have no idea where that came from. Three little pigs?)
So here is my challenge: Go and figure out who you are and what you are here to accomplish. Spend time developing yourself to the point that you have no time to keep track of the successes of others because you are just too excited about creating your own beautiful life.