Since high school I always wanted to be a news reporter. I would eat, sleep, and breath the news. Every day I would catch the 5 o’ clock news in the morning and evening to hear about the latest in politics and crime. I even remember watching my favorite reporters and emulate them in my bathroom mirror. However, fast forward 10 years later and I’m finally a reporter but I don’t know if I’m any good at it.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy telling stories but on many days I miss the mark and I have embarrass myself on tv on too many occassions. It leaves me wondering if I was called to do this? Am I overthinking the process? How come this job isn’t coming easy to me? Why AM I having such a hard time doing my job well? And after obessing over these questioms for hours I realized that I’vebeen doing a few things wrong.
First mistake not asking the right question how can I improve
For the majority of my time in Iowa my scripts have been ripped apart by my producers. And with each day my confidence has taken a beating. Many days I just wanted to give up. I felt unfit for my job. A few people would help tighten up my scripts and afterwards instead of reviewing the changes later I was just happy I got through the beating. Anyway I have had some people try to help but it just wouldn’t stick. I think it was mainly because I was so stressed out and anxious. That’s until one co-worker sat with me and explained to me where I was going wrong. Instead of ripping up my copy he simply put suggestions in my copy. And what a sigh of relief that was for me. It helped me realize that I should have been asking where did I go wrong. Also his critique helped me realized that, ‘I’m not bad bit here’s how I could make it better.’ My confidence went through the roof.
Second, study your craft
2 Timothy 2:15 from the Amplified version says ‘Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.’
I’ll be honest for most of my time in Iowa I did not study as much should had. Instead I became very depressed. And I loaded my schedule with community activities, hung out with friends and said nothing but negative things about myself. If that’s you stop! Life and death lies on the power of the tongue and I spoke death upon my situation. As a result my life reflected my thoughts.
Third, review your notes
After I my producer’s gave me corrections I didn’t hold to my scripts and if I did I didn’t review them. Terrible idea.
Lastly, encourage yourself
Keep striving for your goals. You are in the right career. You’re not stupid. You are capable of doing amazing things at your job and you are better than you think. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you but you must listen to his voice. Don’t worry. God’s got your back you just hold onto your faith.
I thank you for this moment of clarity in my life. Lord, I thank you for showing me the error of my ways. I come asking you for total focus. Help me to focus on what lies ahead of me and not think about the things of the past. Lord, I ask you to guide my footsteps and guard my tongue. Stop me from talking bad about my situation. Hold my hand and help me to be bold. In Jesus name I pray.