Will I Ever Have a Breakthrough?

Breakthrough

Do you ever find yourself wondering if you’ll ever have a breakthrough? I sure do.

I have several goals for my blog:

  • build a strong community
  • write a blog worth reading
  • create a full-time income

I’m determined to achieve my goals, but sometimes I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and my hard work seems to be done in vain. My efforts feel worthless no matter what I do.

I was talking to my best friend, Rylea, the other day. She is constantly checking in on my blogging and seeing how things are going. I always tell her what I’m currently aiming for and she is kind enough to always follow up and ask about it.

Well, she knew what my traffic goals were and when she asked me about it, she could tell I was frustrated because I didn’t meet my monthly traffic goals…again…FOR THE 3RD MONTH IN A ROW.

That’s right. For the past 3 months, I’ve failed to meet my monthly traffic goal.

I OBVIOUSLY DO NOT LIKE THIS because I want to win. I want to reach every goal when I want to reach it. And when I don’t, I get frustrated and discouraged and then I wonder if I’ll ever have a breakthrough.

Breakthrough

She understood exactly where I was coming from, but she didn’t let me stay there. In that moment, she reminded me of something I had totally forgotten. She told me EXACTLY what I’ve been needing to hear:

“You may not be having a breakthrough but God may be using you to give somebody else a breakthrough. Your small faithfulness through little things daily could be providing breakthrough for others!”

Immediately, I felt relieved…as if a huge weight had been lifted off my chest. I cannot tell you how much I needed to hear that.

When we hung up, I began thinking about you and wondering if you’re feeling the same way I am…wondering if you’ll ever have a breakthrough.

I’m guilty of getting too wrapped up in the numbers at times, forgetting numbers don’t define my success. 

Yes, analytics are important. They give us guidance and show us what’s working and what’s not working, but they are not everything.

There are times I wonder if striving to make a living via blogging is realistic.

Just a few months ago, I was asking, “Is it stupid of me to try and create a full-time income blogging?” Because, according to the numbers, I still have a long way to go (despite busting my tail every day). My breakthrough doesn’t seem to be just around the corner.

Rylea reminded me that it’s OKAY.

We may not be having the breakthrough we hope for, but our faithfulness and obedience may be the passageway to someone else’s breakthrough.

We have no idea who is watching us and being encouraged by the work we’re doing. The numbers and statistics may not match society’s standards, but that doesn’t mean we’re not doing the work God has called us to do.

Stay faithful and keep doing what you’re doing. You have no idea whose life you’re touching. You may not have a breakthrough, but the work you’re doing may give someone else an opportunity to have a breakthrough.

This week, let’s just focus on being faithful and obedient in the everyday and the mundane. Let’s be good stewards of our gifts, talents, and passions. We should do the work we know God has called us to do to the very best of our ability. Forget the numbers and the statistics.

Let’s focus on what’s right in front of us and pour ourselves into it wholeheartedly, and let’s have faith God is working in ways we cannot tangibly see.

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Comments

  1. Kristen

    So relatable! I think we all get caught up in the numbers more often than we’d like to admit… I’m so glad you had a sweet friend to help you gain some perspective, and I hope things work out for you with your blog! All in God’s time 🙂 blessings!

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  2. Rosanna@ExtraordinaryEverydayMom

    I have definitely been feeling exactly the same way, especially yesterday. I’m so busy with other things in my life (besides blogging) that I am completely exhausted and overwhelmed. This makes me wonder if blogging is worth it. I loved this quote: “You may not be having a breakthrough but God may be using you to give somebody else a breakthrough. Your small faithfulness through little things daily could be providing breakthrough for others!” Thanks so much for this post!

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  3. Sarah Geringer

    Hi Kristin. I understand how you feel. I’ve been blogging for over 5 years and have yet to reach the place where I want to be. But I track my numbers weekly, and I can see growth occurring. I’m thankful for every single visit, email signup, etc. and remind myself that my blog, my list, and my follows belong to God first, then to me. That helps me keep perspective, and I hope it encourages you too.

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  4. Traci

    It takes constant reminding! We do this for an audience of one (but we could have a lot more impact if that audience was a little bigger). I prayed today God would show you one specific person who’s been blessed by what you share. It helps.

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  5. Kathryn Lang

    I think you have been in my head. This is the very struggle I have been going through! Thank you for sharing and for the reminder of the true purpose!

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  6. Jennie Goutet

    I can definitely relate. I struggle with it both in my blog and in my books – monitoring reviews and sales and page views. Gah! I still check for reviews every day, sales on most days, but the page views only once in awhile.

    You know what helped me? (I hope you don’t mind my sharing this). It was in 2 Samuel 24 when David counted his fighting men. He realized he had sinned against God because he was looking at the numbers and focusing on that rather than what God could do. Especially in vs 10: David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

    I think your friend is spot on. God is using you even if the success you have doesn’t match up to your goals.

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  7. Sam

    “We may not be having the breakthrough we hope for, but our faithfulness and obedience may be the passageway to someone else’s breakthrough”

    really hit home for me and is exactly what I needed to hear/read:)

    doing pageants for four years and not winning the crown people always ask why do you still compete.
    its just soothing i love to do and its my dream. its like asking someone why you would give up on ur dream.

    it all makes since now, how I can use my experiences and faithfulness for someone else’s breakthrough.

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