Keep Going

Written on: August 20, 2012.

Today I had the idea to begin writing letters to myself and setting the publish date so it would be anywhere from 3-6 months in the future. Not sure how this is going to play out yet, and I’m a litte nervous about how my “future” self is going to take what my “now” self says, but I’m all about experiments. So let’s try this and see what happens!

Dear Alana,
You’ve been working really hard to figure out what it is you want to do with your life. You’ve been bashful and shy because you feel like you need to have it all figured out, especially because you are claiming you can help others figure their lives out. Well, the truth is. You won’t have it all figured out. At least that’s what Michael Good says. If that’s the truth, then WOW! You’ve been putting a lot of unneeded pressure on yourself.

I know you are frustrated right now. You sometimes wonder if all that you are doing is worth it. Do people really care what you have to say? Yes… and if they don’t care. Guess what? They still need to hear it. You, my dear, are an incredibly gifted woman. You put yourself out there and share vulnerabilities that many would be unwilling to even expose to themselves.

Today, I want to tell you to keep going. I believe in you. It doesn’t matter how many people are following your blog, how many people are commenting or interacting. It doesn’t matter if your business has exploded and you now have a long list of people who want to talk to you, be your friend or do business with you.

What does matter, is this: Are you continuing to learn how to love yourself? Because really, that’s all it’s about. Loving yourself and then sharing that love and teaching others how to love themselves too.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today. You have what it takes. Believe in yourself. You will do great things.

Love,
Your past self

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4 thoughts on “Keep Going

  1. Alana,

    Great reminder. It’s baffling to think of how many dreams are dashed by discouragement and not believing in and loving yourself as you put it. This post is great encouragement to keep going. We all need that… often.

    p.s. thanks for the shout out!

    • Thanks Michael! Your post inspired me to write this to … myself. 🙂 The coolest part is that the letter showed up today and I actually really needed the encouragement! It was on an entirely different topic than the effectiveness of my blog, but today I needed to hear this. No doubt.

    • Thank you Jody for your encouragement. I LOVE that video!! I think I first came across it on another girlfriend’s blog. Each time I watch it, different things stand out to me and I feel both inspired and my “warrior spirit” arises. 🙂 Thanks also for sending me the link to her book. It sounds like a book I will want to read. Right now I am reading Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence and I am literally noticing a transition in my personal courage and how I value myself. It is insane the difference I am seeing – even in the past week! I speak more confidently and I am more sure of myself. I do not cower while talking to people in authority. I’m not necessarily barking at them, but my speech is firm. If you (or anyone you know, specifically women) are dealing with being meek, and not feeling courageous, this is a book to check out.

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