In the pursuits of our dreams, disappointments come. It’s usually not a matter of if, but when. And when they do, we can do one of two things:

Let it stop us.
Let it fuel us.

Those living their dreams didn’t get there because they didn’t have to pray hard, work hard, or fight hard. They got there because they kept going.

They didn’t give up.
They were persistent.

Andy Andrews was turned down by fifty-one publishers before Thomas Nelson picked up The Traveler’s Gift (who had already turned it down). FIFTY-ONE times! You would think after rejection #38 you would throw the towel in, but he didn’t. He believed in the story, and its power to change another’s life. His persistence saw him through and The Traveler’s Gift became a New York Times Bestseller.

Last week I received some disappointing news. Not tragic, just disappointing. It wasn’t even all that big of a deal (for the average person or specifically the average published writer), but for me it was. Upon hearing the news I felt sad, but it helped me recognize what’s most important and question whether this dream is something I really believe in.

This disappointment just added another spark to the fire, and I feel more excited than ever to continue pursuing this dream inside of me. I have no idea what the path will look like or where it will take me, but I’m committing myself to the process and not letting disappointments hold me back.