How to Move Forward Into Your Destiny By Beth Olson

Do you have big dreams but don’t know where to start? Maybe you lack the confidence that you will be successful.

You really have to start somewhere. It is like the old question. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

When people ask my husband how he learned to speak Spanish he often responds, “You have to speak bad Spanish before you can speak good Spanish.”

His desire to speak other languages is much greater than his desire to not look foolish. This thinking has served him well.

Pride is sometimes what stops us from trying. We don’t like to look silly in front of other people, but you simply cannot be perfect at something the first time you do it.

You have to be willing to try and fail. Fear of looking like a fool is pride.

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

This is something that I personally struggle with. I much prefer to do everything as “perfectly” as I can the first time around.

I spend hours studying and researching a thing before I do it. I think there is wisdom in preparing well, but at some point you have to stop preparing and move forward.

I have to remind myself that if I am willing to humble myself and take a step forward, grace will come to me.

Everything worth doing is worth doing poorly….at the beginning.

You have to start somewhere. We have to get right up to the starting line and take that first step.

No one is born knowing how to walk gracefully. You literally have to take baby steps.


Beth L. Olson is an Author/Blogger helping leaders live in peace. She posts a blog each Monday morning to get you set up for a successful start to your week. (

Her parents were missionaries with YWAM ( when she was growing up. They lived in Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, and Central America. When Beth was 19, she joined YWAM’s Mercy Ships ( South Pacific for about a year.

Shortly afterwards she got married to her best friend, Christopher Olson and started filling their home with little people. They have four kids, Judah, Levi, Elijah, and Zoe.

In 2002, God called them to Ankeny, Iowa to support Christopher’s brother, Dave Olson, who had just become the senior pastor of Heartland Church ( They consider it an honor to be a part of the Heartland Church family.