Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Being Who You Want To Be

This article explains my experience with escaping the box my family and friends put me in when I wanted to write books. After considering what they said, I came to the conclusion that I will not be denied doing what I knew in my soul that I had to do.

You need to be the person you want to be and not try to live up to others expectations of you.

Sometimes people try to put us in a box, to be who they want us to be, and they won't let us do what we feel we are destined to do. We have been created for a purpose and we all have a mission here, to fulfill the measure of our creation.

Once you understand who you are and what you should do with your life to bless others, when you know what your creator expects from you, you have to do it. When you are an adult, you are expected to lead your own life and to be responsible human beings and accountable for your actions.
You will never feel happy or satisfied with your life and be the person you want to be, if you are not allowed to live life the way you see fit. People only try to control you when they believe you can't control yourself. When you are not proactive in living your life, others will try to take over. It is only human nature to step in and help people who are unable to care for themselves. People who step in are not evil, they do it because they care about you and don't think you can do it yourself. Remember that when you feel their control.
If it is your own life, and you feel strongly about living it the way you want, then you MUST take control of yourself and your accountability. Only then will others allow you to take back your power.
See I Will Not Be Denied by clicking on this link:,
The videos above show you how people do not want to let you out of the box they have created for you. In my case, I was MOM and I was not allowed to be anything else.


Lidie Gray said...

Accepting help

Judith, you bring up another point...when we let impatience take control we forge ahead and skip necessary steps for success. Our foundation becomes weak and subject to failure. It took you 8 revisions before you were willing to accept help. We can't do it alone. And we were not created to do it alone. King Solomon tells is in Proverbs 15:22 that without counsel, our purposes, plans, goals or work will be frustrated, disappointed, or completely stopped. There is power in effective partnering. Enlisting the aid of wise counselors and mentors is critical to achieving success, and achieving it sooner than if we did it alone.

Thank you Judith for your honesty about your impatience and what it cost you. I know that impatience has gotten me into trouble too. Hopefully this information will save someone else from the pitfalls of impatience.

Lidie Gray — Sat, 09/12/2009 - 12:42pm

Judith Sherman Consulting said...

Accepting Help

Lidie, you are so right. Pride and arrogance keep us from accepting help. When I used another editor instead of a friend whose a professional editor, someone I told to be blunt with me, someone I didn't know, I finally got the information I needed to know.

On the other hand, when I had finally listened to my family and friends, when I finally paid attention to the comments I received from readers, I finally realized that I should break the book into smaller books.

I came to that realization when they said things like, "I only got halfway through the book because there is a lot of information to absorb". I heard that sort of comment many times but said in different ways. Why didn't I catch what they were saying, that I needed to break the book into smaller ones? The obvious answer is that I would not accept help or I would not listen to others. Again, that is pride and ego exhibiting in my refusal to change.

I am grateful for the scripture you gave in your comment. I often use the phrase that "we were not created to do it alone" but I didn't know from where that knowledge came.

I also appreciate your comment "that without counsel, our purposes, plans, goals or work will be frustrated, disappointed, or completely stopped. There is power in effective partnering." I could not have said it better!

Thank you for your comments. Together, perhaps we will help people avoid waisting all the time it took me to acknowledge the need to accept help from others and our Lord as a partner, to listen when people advise us or when they tell us their experience with us and our work, and to accept our need to change.

Judith Sherman — Sat, 09/26/2009 - 3:06pm

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