I knew after starting the book that I wanted to recreate my platform. This week I shared my review of PLATFORM but I did not share my experience.

Dana Pittman | Platform | Dreams | Excuses

Daily I spend most of my working hours assisting authors, publishers, ministry leaders and small business owners. Looking at the list it may seem random. But it’s not.

They all have a dream. They have a message or product they want to share. I have been  fulfilled merely assisting them in reaching their audience. Not anymore…

I need to share my message. I want continue to increase the territory of others while embracing my dream…my purpose.

Mini-Moments of Clarity

Many years ago I started experiencing mini-moments of clarity. Those moments gave light to a new step or direction I should take to nurture my purpose within me. Those moments wrapped in a conversation, reading a book, having an idea while running brought me to this place.

However, I have abused those moments. I have spent my life waiting on them to happen again. I am waiting for someone to pick mepick me. I’m the kid on the sideline pretending I don’t care when the truth is…I do.

I care…that I have this burning desire to clothe people in an authentic experience.

I care…that I have books (yes, plural) waiting to have their shot in the limelight.

I care…that I too have something to say…

Yet, I’m still waiting screaming internally…pick mepick me.

No more.

Time for a Change

I read PLATFORM initially because it was needed to review the book. I did not realize that it was a pray answered. I merely thought it would be a good read in preparation for She Speaks.

As I read, nearly every excuse I’ve made became just that…an excuse. Michael asked one question…“Are you prepared to take full personal responsibility for building your own platform…?”

My initial response…”Michael, dude, we are really getting off to a bad start here!”

Who wants to read get off your butt and get busy?

I mean, he didn’t say those words but everything in me said…get off your but and get busy.

But…I have so many responsibilities already…

But…my days are already full with clients, kids, hubby, laundry, cooking…need I continue?

But…I am helping…

But…later, later, I’ll do it…



But… Fill in the blanks. I have a million and honestly, it’s not acceptable.


Because not one of these “buts” could quiet this longing within me. It has become a constant thought.

My dreams don’t give a hoot about my buts.

Now what? I am writing my dreams down. I plan to share a weekly update here on my blog. I will let you into my thoughts, my successes, my failures and, hopefully, the relief of letting my dream out.

She (my dream) is kicking and screaming…pick mepick me. I think it’s time I pay attention.


Question: What is stopping you from experiencing your dream?

  1. Tiffany Stuart 9 years ago

    I’m with you on the buts thing. My working book title is God’s Love is Bigger than Your But. Haha. Happy to see you are going to She Speaks. I went last year and really enjoyed it. I did the speaker’s track. Glad we are on the PLT together. Many blessings!

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Same to you! I love that title. I’m happy about going that was a HUGE “but” for me. I’m don’t know what to expect. I know God is going to do something awesome.

  2. Heidi Kreider 9 years ago

    your words, Dana… they resonate.  Many of us have sat on our “buts” far too long.  Thanks for motivating me!

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      You’re welcome. It’s only the beginning… 🙂

  3. This is a really great post, Dana, and the message of it really resonates with me. Though I love serving others, I too have my own unique message that needs to be shared, and thus I, too, need a platform.

    Like you, I have made many excuses. And like you, I’m ready to stop with the excuses and move forward with fulfilling God has on my life. 

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Rebecca I believe you are going to knock the socks off of people. Your heart shines through. If this is what you do with excuses, I can’t wait to witness you excuse-free!

  4. Wanda L Ball 9 years ago

    Ditto Dana! Even though I have my business for approx 6yrs, I still have a lot of work to do to build my platform. I made a conscious choice to change my website into a blog approx 1 yr ago and still struggle with building my fan base.  But now since I have read Platform and Michael Hyatt has turned my thinking around, I too have to stop with the “Buts” and just continue to do the work that God has appointed me to do! I have to continue to remind myself that’s its not about me, but the God who lives in me… be blessed

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Praise Him!!! Wanda, you’re not alone. I started our business in 2000. I began focusing on marketing in 2007, however, I still contract for the primary business. Thus, 12 years of being self-employed. I work hard. I love my clients. But I feel like so much of me is suppressed. In the past couple of years I have slowly embraced the work God has called me to. Now, I want to stop “kind of” doing it. I’m praying that God will show up and show out in your life sis!!!

  5. My initial response…”Michael, dude, we are really getting off to a bad start here!” Favorite line EVER! I thought this exact thing! LOL! I am actually in the middle of writing something with this exact theme! God is bigger than even MY but! LOL! Love this! You go girl! 

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      LOL! Dayna, sis, I think we have so much in common. I can’t wait to read your post. Thanks for the support.

  6. Tammy Helfrich 9 years ago

    Great post. I definitely can relate to this! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Princess 9 years ago

    Dana , what an awesome post! I can so relate …our dreams are more than dreams and maybe that’s why they won’t keep quiet?? You continue to inspire me : ) XO

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