An email, an opportunity, another course, another offer… how do you make your way? How does one decide?
I love idioms. They challenge me to look deeper into what truth they present. Can one idiom explain another? How about, “the devil is in the details”?
As a writer learning my craft I see how both of these sayings have come to life. I love learning new things and I love being connected to the writing community. It is easy to get lost in all the information offered to help on this journey. Many have traversed this way before and have gained wisdom to share. They have valuable information that could shorten the learning curve for me.
My current teachers talk about FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out. What a great boon this is to marketing strategies. We as consumers are programmed to purchase the product before time runs out on the promotion. Help! I don’t want to miss out on the information I need! We get lost in the trees.
The truth is, a forest needs trees and details are important. The truth is, I need to learn things. But, as many online gurus would teach, I need to remember my Bigger Picture.
To help me keep my feet on the ground, my head in the game and not in the clouds, (See what I did there?) I have a support group. The Bible supports this concept:
Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm],
But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.Proverbs 11:14 (AMP)
So when I had an offer for a course that I believe will help me, I brought it to my team. Here is true godly advice:
Questions to ask before you purchase…1.At this point in time do you have extra money to put toward this? 2. At this point in time do you have extra time, with what’s already on your plate, to put the time in to really get what you need out of this? 3. At this point in time, can you handle all that comes with extra traffic on your blog? 4. At this point in time, will anything that you are currently doing, valuing and deeming necessary, have to suffer for you to put time into this and will that be okay for those other things be okay being put on the shelf?
If you are able to answer these questions honestly and still feel good about the purchase, then go for it!(I’ll keep this anonymous)
What smart friends I have. I wish I would ask for advice all the time, it would have kept me focused on what will keep me moving forward and not waisting money on courses or books that would be better skipped or put off for another time.
Have you gotten lost in the trees? Are you overwhelmed by the vast sea of details? Have you been drawn off course by an enticing offer? May I suggest you seek out friends or mentors that will provide you with wise, intelligent guidance. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12) Good friends make us stronger and wiser.
Thank you to each member of my support group for going on this journey with me. I love you all. 🥰
Grace & Peace,