John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C

The biggest challenge is often standing where you are today and aspiring where you want to be tomorrow. I was speaking with my daughter yesterday who coaches others who struggle with chronic illness. She herself has a condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). She was inspired to help others who suffer from chronic illness after battling hers for the last five years and counting.

In addition to her website, she has a YouTube channel. I don't know if youhave tried to grow your audience on any of the social media platforms, but it can be a daunting task at times. Most people drop out from discouragement after a few months. They compare themselves to some of the biggest influencers on social media, who took decades or more to grow to their current size, or find it too difficult to create valuable content consistently.

Persistence equals success

My daughter called me after watching a Facebook Live I do every Tuesday evening where I provide information about emotional, relational, and spiritual health. Last night I was encouraging the viewers to remain persistent. I told them every client I have ever had who did not quit succeeded. How's that for a guarantee? I said it still astounds me that everyone I have worked with who kept at it achieved their goals.

Persistence covers over a multitude of shortcomings, flaws, lack of knowledge, and inadequacies. If you hang onto the monkey bars long enough, you win. I promise you if you remain committed to your purpose and passion, something better is coming. Furthermore, the ultimate prize is not what you achieve but who you become.

Just keep going

If you are discouraged and hopeless today, don't give up. Just keep going. No matter how slow your pace, you're still moving forward. Don't stop! Something will eventually give way.

There are three things that I draw from when I fall into fear and discouragement: reaching for supportive others in my life; resources for re-inspiring myself, such as books, videos, music, etc; and my spirituality. Make a list of similar resources for yourself that re-energize you.

Moreover, if you examine your situation more closely, you will likely discover you have made a degree of progress. This will increase your level of hope. Hope is a marker of change and progress. It is not based on faith but evidence. It says, "I see this happening, and it gives me hope."

Finally, I will repeat this once more, "Believe if you remain persistent and determined, something better is coming."


John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.

John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance. 

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