When I first started this website I wrote strictly for the fun of it and because I had things I wanted to share with the world.
The obstacle that I faced is that I had about 200 people in the whole world that knew who Duke Taber was.
Somehow I had to get the message in my heart to the world.
I had to go through a transition. I had to learn how to write to answer people’s questions when they are searching the internet.
I went through that transition. This site took off.
What I didn’t expect is that I would lose focus on what was really important.
I would lose sight of the real reason I started the website.
It was not for numbers.
It was not for search engines that is for sure.
It was so that it would touch lives.
I forgot to write with that in mind.
So once again I am faced with a transition. Once again I am going to embrace that transition.
How Do You Know You are Facing a Transition Period?
There are a lot of ways to know you are facing a transition period but probably the most common way is that what you are doing is not working.
Einstein once said
“The definition of insanity is to continue to do what you are doing knowing that it is not working.”
That might be a loose paraphrase but you get the point.
If you are spinning your wheels and not getting any farther ahead in your goals, then you are facing a transition period. Something has to change.
That is what I have been faced with on this website.
We continue to write quality articles that people like and enjoy.
Most of our articles get 100 or more likes on Facebook.
However, no matter that we now have over 400 quality articles after I pruned some of the lower quality articles I first did when starting out, we were not getting any increase in people coming to the site.
We would hover around 500 people per day.
That is when I knew the transition was coming.
Evaluating Your Upcoming Change
When you realize that you are spinning your proverbial wheels and that what you are doing is not getting you farther ahead, that is the time that you have to stop and evaluate what needs to be changed.
In my case, I had to evaluate things that had to do with this website like site design and how people were using the site. I also had to come to believe that what we had on this website actually had value to people.
It might be different in your case.
Each individual is different.
You might be in a dead-end job.
You might be failing in school.
You might be stuck in a spiritual rut.
Whatever it is, you have to evaluate what needs to be changed. Usually, it has to do with us and our attitudes.
After you figure out what needs to be changed then you have to figure out how to change things.
I made some pretty drastic changes to this website.
I purchased a premium template to use to make things look totally professional.
I went through and fixed any errors that I could find on all the pages.
I then dealt with the advertising issue and found a solution so that we could get rid of the advertising that people hate.
In your life maybe you need to start looking for a job that you will like and can be passionate about.
Maybe you need to change your major in school if you are failing or find something else to advance your life with.
If you are in a spiritual rut maybe you need to start changing the way you relate to the Lord or start pressing into some deeper things of God.
Whatever it is, you have to start to embrace change and take the steps so that you are making improvements from the things that are not working.
Learning To Embrace Change
The key to embracing change is looking to the future. Jesus embraced the humiliation and the pain of the cross by looking past the cross. He looked at the joy set before Him once the pain was going to be over.
The way you embrace change is to look to the future you want to see.
In my case, I am looking forward to the day that this website pays me a full-time salary so that I can then take on challenges and hurting churches and bring them to wholeness without having to take into consideration finances because they are already met.
I am looking forward to the church planters that we can support as they start new churches and do not have to worry about how they are going to take care of their families, work a second job, and shepherd the flock of God.
What about you?
What are you looking forward to?
What things do you want to see happen as you embrace the transition you are facing?
Leave me a comment below!