F.alse E.vidence [that] A.ppears R.eal
Fear, more than anything, has been the wall that blocks me from doing the things I want to do and being the person I aspire to be. The fear of not being good enough creeps its way into my consciousness, only loosening its grip when I have raised my hands in submission.
"I probably shouldn't do that... It's too risky... It wasn't that good anyway... Maybe next year..."
This morning, as I was listening to Michael Hyatt's podcast, "Escape Perfectionism Once and for All," it hit me that I have been writing these blog posts, and telling myself I'll go public with the next post... maybe. The first one was okay, but I wasn't ready. The second post could use some work, and I didn't want to go public with that topic. I'm sure there was some other excuse for the third. Here I am, four posts later, and I've shared my blog with three people... literally. Hyatt talks about how we have to let go of this idea of being perfect because it keeps us from taking action. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, and we will rarely feel ready, but we can't let the consequential fear paralyze us.
So what are we to do? Well, for starters, we need to take action.
Instead of letting fear keep me from showing people that I've started a blog, I need to do the opposite. That feeling of vulnerability I have about my writing will never be completely gone, especially if I'm writing about things that are so close to my heart. However, that can't be the reason why I choose to do nothing at all.
In his podcast, Hyatt asks, "is it going to be valuable? Is it going to help others?" I have to remember that I do have something to offer. My experience thus far has value, my opinion matters, and I mean something. Maybe my story will help others who have struggled similarly; maybe it can help those who have smiled too much, and those who didn't say "no" enough.
Emerson once said, "Always do what you are afraid to do." So I am going to walk my talk, be okay with my imperfections (see previous post: Approve Yourself), and continue to love myself along the way.
Here I am world! Flawed and all!!!!!
Till next time, Y'all!