Don’t Give Up!

...courage is a choice...

Persistence, for me, sometimes is like a shoe that is new and fits waaayyyyy too tight.

But you love the shoe. Why else did you buy it? You saw it in the store. You checked out your profile. You did a two-step before tossing them back in the box and promptly making your way to the register.

Don't Give Up! | Dana Pittman

Days or weeks later you discovered the perfect opportunity to pull out those shoes. You know, the ones worthy of a two-step in the store.

You put them on, looking super cute. You leave the house and enjoy the feel of knowing…knowing you look good girl!

Later that evening your feet are in total disagreement with your decision AND your cute shoes. LOL!

Don’t tell me I’m the only one. I have a couple of super cute but totally uncomfortable shoes. And YES I still wear them.



And I wear the shoe until eventually my desire and feet are in total agreement. Sometimes it means the shoes cooperate, by relaxing a little, and other times I gladly accept the consequences of sore feet.

What do tight shoes have to do with our purpose and our goals? I mean, that’s what I write about on this blog.

We have to persist in attaining our goals in life. The goals we have for our careers, our businesses, our families, our spouses, our soul.

Persistence is continuing on a course of action in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc. [Defined] Scripture gives us an even better picture:

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

[Read it for yourself.]

You see that tight shoe may look like a new job with unkind co-workers.

…or…a child expressing resistance to a family change

…or…marriage challenges calling you to pray like never before

…or…a dream that seems further away no matter how hard you pursue it


Last week I shared a quote from Steven Chambers, a friend and pastor. He said, “Persistence is what courage is made of.”

Courage is a choice. 

You have to choose to be persistent. You have to choose to put one foot in front of the other, in your too tight shoes, and keep taking steps…and persisting in your actions, your words, and your thoughts until you reach your desired destination.

Knowing that in due season….you will reap a harvest.

Don’t give up!

Question: What in your life is calling you to persist? To be courageous? Will you answer its call? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Fight | Dana Pittman

It’s not about the fight. It’s about who you became as a result of the battle.

We all will experience winning and losing. Whether it’s a personal or professional, spiritual or physical, minor or major. The TRUTH of every battle is found in the test.

What is YOUR current fight trying to teach you?

Are you learning the lesson?

Are you failing because your focus is on your opponent instead of yourself?

Dig super deep and decide who you want to be after the smoke clears.

Who will you be as a result of THIS fight?

I have been silent on my blog and I apologize. I’m working diligently behind the scenes and I realize it’s time to give you a peek behind the curtain. Here’s is Episode 1 of my journey to Going Pro.

I’m super late at posting this but we are celebrating the kickoff of Purpose Prevails Publishing. This is the reason for being extremely quiet on my blog. 🙂 Here are the details.

Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Event: Purpose Prevails Publishing Kickoff
Sponsor: Purpose Prevails Publishing
Venue: Shrine Cultural & Event Center
Location: 5309 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77021
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.


This morning one thought overshadowed my To-Dos–calls, meetings, appointments, and such. This thought shaped my outlook on the day, hours and minutes ahead.

“This is just a season.” That’s it.

What you’re experiencing is a season? Good, bad, complicated, demanding. It is for a season.

How will you let this season shape you? Well, that one my friend is for you to decide.

Now Is The Time | Dana Pittman

What’s Next: Reader Survey and GIVEAWAY

...What do you want to read?

New content is coming. Deadlines, editing, and projects have me bolted to my desk. But in the most exciting way.

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After reviewing my 2016 survey I’ve decided to start with YOU and to get going I need your help.

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I’ll announce the winner in the next issue.

Thank you!

While I wait for the responses tell me, how is 2017 treating you?

Do What You LOVE

2016 is coming to an end. It has been the best of times for some. It has been the worst of times of others. But for all it has been….

You have a choice to look back or look ahead. You have the choice to see today as your opportunity to give it all you got.

Don’t wait for January 1st do what your love NOW!

I’m ready…are you?