Going It Alone

Article by Jennifer Snelling, Edited by Dee DeWitt


Several months ago, someone shared a quote with me that essentially said no one is able to succeed without a support group.  I’ve struggled with this quote since.


Of course, you can define your own support group in many different ways.  It could be a literal group of people that encourage you … it could be your family … people you see socially that are interested in what you are doing and lift you up … or it could even be strangers who see your work and offer you praise for it.


Today I read a small passage about a young girl who was trying to sing a solo without accompaniment when she was suddenly stricken with stage fright.  She continued to sing, but her voice tightened and went weak.  Someone in the audience compassionately began to hum the tune along with her and was soon joined by a few other people.  With the support of various people in the audience, the girl finished her song with newfound confidence.


I do believe, however, that while help and encouragement may come from unexpected places – and we might even neglect to notice when it when it’s available to us – we cannot count on having an unwavering support group dedicated to bolstering our endeavors.  People have their own lives and worries.  Many of us simply don’t have a set of helping hands or hearts around every time we feel we need it.


If you’re one of those people who have to go it alone, don’t lose hope …


You may not realize it, but you are one of the strongest people of all, and by your example, you are carrying others with you who look up to you … for pushing ahead and accomplishing your goals without depending on others.  You’re the rarest of leaders and face a unique struggle in that your strength has to come from within you – whether through inspiration, spirituality, tenacity or a simple decision to keep going.


When people don’t understand you or are not able to offer the support you need, don’t give up.  You can do it.  Trust in God for your strength.  He is always there and will lift you up, allowing you to soar.


but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
     They will soar on wings like eagles;
     they will run and not grow weary,
     they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40:31


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Posted on 19 March, 2010 in Goals, Motivation, Spirituality
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