Every large fire starts as a flicker or small flame that can be extinguished easily, but if it is fed it grows and if it continues to grow there is no stopping it. And so it is with our little niggles, they start as niggles but if they are ‘fed' or focussed on they actually have the potential to become something pretty significant. But because the niggles are small they can be pushed down, ignored or even extinguished quite easily. We come up with many reasons why we can’t do it - too scary, too hard, too risky, not enough money, not enough time, don’t know where to start, not good enough, too tired….. and the list goes on.
But what if…..
What if we dared to focus a little attention on that niggle?!
What if we set aside some time amongst the busyness of our day or week and just made a start?
What if we ignored and overcame our self-doubt and fear of failure and just had a go?
It takes courage to try something new and step out of your normal routine of life, sometimes there is cost and sacrifice involved BUT perhaps on the other side of that is beautiful soul-satisfying, passion-stirring purpose and life-calling! Doesn’t that sound worth it? It’s time to focus on THAT side of it rather than the fear, doubt, cost, sacrifice and excuses!
So I ask you today - what is your niggle? What is that thing you want to try? What is that skill you want to develop? What is that call on your life that you have been ignoring? Perhaps you’ve been pushing it down for so long that you don’t even know what it is anymore!
Identifying the niggle can be done by answering questions like this:
If I knew I couldn’t fail I would…
If I had some spare time I would…
I would really love to…
If I didn’t have …… then I would…..
If you know what your niggle is then perhaps your next step is to carve out some time to feed it and give it opportunity to grow.
Stop putting off until tomorrow what you could make a start on today, because tomorrow actually never comes.
After having children I found myself believing the lie that there is never enough time to do what I want to do because my time is spent doing what I need to do. I have come to realise a few key things that have helped change my thinking on that:
The cooking, cleaning and laundry is NEVER going to be finished so I have to carve out time in the midst of it.
No matter how busy life is I manage to find time for Facebook and TV so perhaps I can prioritise something more meaningful.
Life is full of seasons - sometimes those seasons bring genuine reasons why I can’t do something, the rest of the time they are excuses. I have to figure out if it’s a reason or an excuse.
There is never going to be a big chunk of time available so I have to utilise the small chunks.
I want to encourage you today to spend some time looking at your niggle. Instead of pushing it down or ignoring it, why not feed it a little?!
Stir up your courage, overcome your excuses, carve out some time and make a start! You never know what will grow from it but my guess is that it will be you!
We believe in you and are cheering you on!
With love and courage,
xx Steph xx
P.S I’d love to hear from you! Comment below and tell me what your niggle is and what you are going to this week to feed it! #strongertogether