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Faith and Blind Faith

December 30, 2012

Faith

Faith is a hard thing.

If you have it, and you’re wrong, you’re a fool. If you don’t have it, and you should, you lie on your death bed and ask what if? Faith can blind you to the improvements you need to make to succeed. Lack of faith can doom you to a fate less than you could have had.

But if you look at any success story, it comes with faith. Faith in the mission. Faith in the skill set. Faith in the One who provided the skill set. Faith in the ability to get the job done.

That applies to writing success, as well. You cannot succeed without faith in your ability to do so.

Faith and blind faith are different things. (Faith is a George Michael song he later grew to hate. Blind Faith is an English blues band whose members included Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood. So now you know.)

Faith allows for adjustment. It includes faith in your ability to learn along the way, and adjust your approach to new information, trends, and wisdom.

Blind Faith

Blind faith turns your attention away from learning along the way, adjusting your approach, and the gains of wisdom. Blind faith implies success as an inevitability. It mistakes coincidence for fate. It allows you to rely too much on your gift, which results in inevitable failure.

So as the year winds down and everyone starts to think about resolutions for the new year, how will you maintain your faith in your skills as a writer? And how will you build the structure so you believe in your gift and its ability to get you places, but still develop yourself?

These are the questions of which good new year’s resolutions are made.

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