Crunch, crunch, “cringe”.
Have you ever stepped into a foreboding forest and felt that way? When your feet steps on the leaves and a couple steps in, you crumble like a cookie; and your double take is almost as audible as the crispy once-green things under your toes? Technically, it doesn’t even have to be a forest. It could be a board room or conference center; class room or theater stage.
Hopefully, all of us have experienced this feeling at some point in our lives; where we feel so prepared for the things ahead; ready to conquer!! and then as we walk into it we reel back, almost to the point of panic. Well, I feel this way right now! Starting this blog, I am unsure of everything I’m righting write now (wait did I mix those up?) and doubt plagues me with every word.
I’ve read so many blog tips and books and articles and well, blog posts about how you need to be sure of yourself and you HAVE to know you niche and market and to know what you are writing and why and for whom and NEVER under ANY circumstances reveal that you don’t know what you’re doing.
What do they expect? HAHA!! Well, I’ve tried to create a blog like that; one that would be a sure-fire success and will have tons of people reading my words and be inspired to live their up to the truth they know and reach for the stars but, as you can see, that blog never even started existing.
Why? because I was too worried about my words and my brand and my niche and . . .blah blah blah blog terminology that I gave up before I wrote a word. All of those tips and rules and advice made me feel like I had to live up to ALL of them and I felt like I was too small to do it all.
The essence, is that I was afraid. Specifically with this venture, I’ve avoided posting or moving forward because “What if somebody reads it?” or “What if nobody reads it?” or “What if no one cares about what I’m trying to do?” and the biggy “What if they do?” I was afraid of failure as well as success.
Fear was killing my dream of writing a blog. It doesn’t matter if anyone reads it. It doesn’t matter if my content is crap at the beginning and I have no idea what I’m writing. All the advice I read about told me to create this all-perfect inspirational professional blog from the get-go but I’ve learned that this blog will be different. It won’t be perfect because I’m not perfect and it certainly might be awful to read but it’s going to change and grow; just like me. 🙂
So here are three things I’ve learned from starting this blog that might help you with your own blog or with starting anything that you’re passionate about
- Kick fear in the face!
Just like I said above fear was preventing me from moving forward, freezing me in a place of no progression. Whatever you passion is, whatever you’re trying to start, tackle fear first. Seek what works for you; talking about it with someone, focus on what you know, create rewards for yourself, take a break, meditate, exercise etc. (ten ways to fight your fears) Once you feel like your courage is stronger than your fear you’re ready for thing number two.
2. Build up your confidence
One of the strategies to handle fear is focusing on what you know. This can also help strengthen your confidence. Another thing that can help is to learn about what will help you fulfill your passion or help you start. Now, don’t do what I did and swamp yourself with all these tips and ideas that you get too overwhelmed with it all. Find a balance. Learn enough to boost your confidence then do thing number three immediately after.
3. JUST START!!!!
Enough said. Just start and keep going. As you move forward towards your passion or what you want you will find that yeah, the fear may still come around but you’ll know how to handle it and you will have your goal to guide you. Your confidence will increase as the steps you’ve already taken will be behind you and encourage you to take even more steps to reach your destination (whether its an actual place or a state of mind or way of living)
As my ability and confidence grows this blog will grow and hopefully you, the reader, will grow too. I won’t let the “crunch, crunch, cringe” scare me away from this blog or from my personal dreams. And I hope you won’t let it scare you away from your own personal dreams either. Fear will make you fail every time. But all we have to do is grit our teeth and move forward through it and be comfortable in your own goals. So what do you say? Ready to start this journey with me?
So here’s my dream for this blog. I want to share my personal experiences and insight to inspire others to live by their truth; not mine or anyone else’s. I know it’s vague, broad but its a start and you need to start somewhere, right?
P.S Hey! let me know what you thought of this post in the comments below. What did you like? What needs improving? Readers comments will be used to make this blog a better place to inspire and uplift.