Keep Your Head Down

This one is for the dreamers... the big thinkers... but most of all - the comparison makers.{This one is for the dreamers… the big thinkers… but most of all – the comparison makers.}

Gosh.  Life can get so overwhelming at times, can’t it.  I don’t know about you, but I can dream big sometimes.  Funny – I never thought of myself as a “big dreamer” until I started Better Life Bags.  And now I can’t stop thinking about the different avenues we could take the business into.

But you know the dream-killer?  The idea-squasher?  Comparison.

Man, I’ve been struggling with it lately.

When I start looking around at people in the creative world, I start to feel super small.

And defeated.

I’m not big enough.  I’m not good enough.  She created this awesome product.  Whoa – that was a genius marketing move.  Those thoughts leave me utterly paralyzed.  I can’t take another step because I’m trying so hard to make my step look like hers.

So I’m left to balance with one foot in the air – searching for the matching footprint in front of me to land.

But there won’t be one.

I’ve been called to impress my own footprint into the sand.  To march forth into areas unknown.  Taking the next step that I feel God has planned for me.  A pioneer and a risk taker.

A small whisper entered my heart the other day as I was doing too much looking and not enough doing: “Keep your head down, Rebecca.  Don’t look around at the shiny things.  Keep your eyes to the ground and WALK your own path.”

So, I’m trying.  Hard.

And I’m here to PROCLAIM to you these things – so that you can experience the freedom it is to walk with your head down:

I know that her blog looks prettier than yours.  Keep your head down.

I know that her followers have tripled since you met her.  Keep your head down.

I know that she launched a new product that is so similar to yours.  KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN.

I know that the stuff she is doing looks cool and inside your heart swells this need to create in a way that she does but a resistance to trying because you might not be good enough.  {Shouting this from the rooftops, now} —-> Keep your head down and do your own cool stuff.

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  • Anabell Ingleton June 4, 2014, 11:45 am

    Rebecca…your words moved me for the their sincerity and truth. As an entrepreneur, I CONSTANTLY feel the same way. We have what feels like a great idea and then find out someone is already doing it, and better than we had imagined. It’s hard sometimes, but stay optimistic and creative.

    I believe God puts these business ideas in our hearts for a reason. He knows we have the ability to carry them through (even though we have doubts).

    You are an amazing woman and YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU DREAM OF.

    Like I mentioned Monday, I’m here to help you in ANY way possible.

    Sending my prayers and hugs your way! Xoxo – Anabell

    • Rebecca June 4, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Thanks Anabell! I’m so inspired by what you’re doing, too! xoxo.

  • Kerry June 4, 2014, 1:30 pm

    I found this post through your Instagram, and I knew immediately that I needed to read this post. It’s like some higher power was leading me to this, and I am so glad that I read it. Your words could not have come at any better time. Thank you for writing this and reminding me that I am enough and my work is enough. And just as importantly, YOU are enough. We are all enough. There is no point in trying to be anyone but ourselves.

    • Rebecca June 4, 2014, 2:14 pm

      YES. So good, Kerry. And so true. xoxo

  • Kristin S October 15, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Rebecca this was so so good- exactly what I needed to hear! I’m putting this phrase on the bulletin board in my home office. Thank you for sharing!

  • Erin March 18, 2015, 8:36 pm

    Thank you for this post, because it makes me feel like I am not alone. I have been working on my small business, on Etsy for 4 years and I am starting to feel defeated. Starting to think that maybe its time to give up on this shop. No matter what I come up with or add to my shop it just doesn’t sell. I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong. I have even tried emailing other small business owners, who aren’t my competition, to maybe just take a look at my shop or give me some tips and I never get an email back. I need a mentor! I pray everyday that my break will come soon.

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