One of my favorite scriptures will forever be Proverbs 18:16 (NKJ).
A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
It's especially unique to me because it reminds me to keep pressing toward my goals.
It can be easy to get discouraged when things don’t go the way you plan. Because of this we tend to give up just when things are on the brink of changing.
If only we'd learn to persevere.
In the last year, on my journey to becoming an entrepreneur and published author, I've learned three things that help me resist the urge to give up when times become trying.
1. Don’t forget the vision you originally started with.
Do you remember the day you first received the download from God to start the business, write the book, apply for the new job, or anything that you're currently doing? If so, then you probably remember being filled with so much excitement and passion that you wanted to tell everyone close to you about it.
I've learned that it is invaluable to continuously reflect on this time. Doing so renews your vigor to get it done and motivates you to keep going.
2. Surround yourself with people you can learn from and grow with.
I've learned that the people connected to you have a big impact on the decisions you make in life. You don't realize how important and true this is until you're in a place in life when you have no choice but to lean on the people closest to you.
It's at this moment you realize you simply can’t surround yourself with just anybody. You need people that know how to pray for you, that will give you wisdom without judgment, and have your overall well-being in mind.
By properly connecting with the right people I am encouraged to maintain my can do attitude even after life happens. Plus, as iron sharpens iron, so does one person sharpen another (Proverbs 27:17), I’m positioning myself to grow through the experience and wisdom of those closest to me.
3. Boundaries are necessary.
This may be one of the most important things I've discovered, and honestly, I'm still learning the importance of it.
Boundaries are so necessary! I've learned sometimes we can get so consumed with what everyone else has going on that we put aside the tasks we need to focus on for our own journey.
Boundaries are here for a reason. They help us to stay in the right head space and protect our peace of mind from becoming threatened by the various things attempting to invade our personal space. If you don't set any, you may find that people will walk all over you.
God has opened the door for us to step into what He created us for. Yet, it takes perseverance, tenacity, and the desire to be more than our current situation to enter in.
With these measures, I believe you can not only walk in but #BeGre8t! while doing it!
Juanita N. Harrison
Juanita N. Harrison is a mother, published author, entrepreneur, and CEO.
She was born in Chester, PA on September 20th, 1989 and later moved to Williamsburg, VA at a young age with her family. She is a graduate of Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, VA (2007).
Juanita is the daughter of Overseer Jay T. Harrison and Pastor Crystal Harrison of True Vine FGBC in Chester, PA, and the single mother of her son Jeremiah Harrison.
Juanita is a hard worker who is passionate about using the tests and trials she overcame to help young women and encourage others to never give up.