Saturday, February 11, 2012

Quitter Conference

This weekend my friends Laura, Craig and I were fortunate enough to attend Jon Acuff's Quitter conference

And, no, it doesn't have anything to do with smoking cessation, just to clear that up.

Based on Jon's book, Quitter, the conference was chock-full of practical and inspirational information that is all about helping you "close the gap between your day job and your dream job."

This Wall Street Journal bestselling author encourages us to pursue our dreams and passions, but not to quit our day jobs... at least right away.

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I thought this was a really creative way to do nametags!

In the course, Jon covered topics like figuring out your dreams, facing your fears, getting started on your dreams, fueling your dream with ideas, social media, and knowing when it's time to jump on your dream.

Each topic was helpful and exciting for me, but perhaps the biggest takeaway for me was about facing my fears and then practical suggestions for planning and implementing the steps it will take to pursue that dream.

I really enjoyed talking with fellow dreamers (Shout out to Monique, Jon, Lindsey, Chrystal, Vinny, Rob and David if you read this!) about our passions and what it means to execute following through with pursuing them.

One of the biggest takeaways for me from the whole weekend was the necessity of conquering fear. The fear of failure, the fear of starting, and the fear of success.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know that conquering fears is something I'm very passionate about. Yet, although the negative voices in my head often keep me from doing what I feel called to do--write.

Now some of you may say, "Wait a minute! She's a got a blog, she's working on a book and she's getting her Master's in English Writing! She definitely writes!" Well, yes. I write, but I often find myself holding back because of these fears.

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Great advice, huh?

Therefore, this conference really inspired me to reclaim my original purpose for this blog. Originally, I started it to simply write and to share my writing. But, over time, that changed. Some of it was due due to a desire to have some more personal writing time and create a space to document my life. But after time, it became easier to share my pictures than it is to wrangle words onto a page for the whole world to judge.
But can you relate?

Jon reminded me that everyone has those nasty voices in their head saying things like, "Who are you to say that?" "Someone smarter probably has already said this and said it better," and my all-time-favorite, "What do you think people are going to say about that? Maybe it's better if you keep quiet."

But whether your dream is like mine, to write, or to be a nurse, a mom, an actor or a bee keeper, I hope that you can take some time to check out Jon's book and get started on pursuing that dream!

What's your dream?
What's standing in the way of your dreams?


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an AWESOME conference and that you took a lot away from it! Go you!!

unknownjim said...

Good post. I attended too and it was a blast. Very inspring. Don't hold back!

Anonymous said...

Great meeting you Nicole!! And I thoroughly enjoyed the conference as well. Lots of great info.

ruthpclark said...

Ohmygosh -- going to look his book up now :) Awesome!

David Burke said...

It was great to meet you! Keep the fears at bay and march on!

David Burke

Anonymous said...

So glad you were able to attend the conference! I went to the first conference back in July - I want to help support you! Keep writing and keep pursuing your dream - the world needs you and your dream!

Unknown said...

I wish I could have stayed for the whole thing, but part of my Quitter story is spending Saturday's with my family. Jon's Quitter material is awesome and I'm so stoked to know it's helping people across the country.

Chase your dreams and fight the fear! Your life has a purpose, don't waste it on anything less.

Rob said...

It was great to meet you at the conference, Nicole. I've spent the last few minutes reading your blog and think you've got a good thing going here. :) Good luck pursuing your dream. Us fellow quitters are here if you ever need a word of encouragement!