This one thing will move you toward your goals faster than anything else
Do you have a dream burning inside you?
There’s something you want to do, yet you put it off. It’s not the right time. There’s not enough tools. The right people aren’t available.
Yet the dream continues to pester you, invading your random thoughts. The feeling is especially strong when you’re experiencing discontent with one of your choices — your job, your social network, your achievements.
This tension won’t go away unless you do something.
You’re standing at a crossroads.
The left fork is the safe route. Keep paying the bills. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t ruffle anyone’s feathers. Do what your parents, your friends, and your community expect you to do on time every time.
The fork on the right is dangerous. The road is unpaved, but irresistible. Adventure awaits, but there’s no map. You might find a pot of gold at the end, or you might find you have to take yet another road.
Until you take a walk down the right road, you’ll never know.
Why you keep standing there…
Risk is scary.
There are so many unknowns you’ll have to deal with.
- You might fail.
- You might have to do something you’ve never done before.
- You might stick your neck out and someone tries to stab you.
Or maybe none of these things will happen.
It’s the possibility that scares the daylights out of you.
Okay, so I’m scared. Now what?
You probably know what I’m going to say next.
You have to face your fear. Stare it down. Tell it you’re not giving in, no matter what.
But there’s something you need to do first.
Stand inside it. Don’t chase it away. Experience the feeling. Get used to it. Take note of where you feel it in your body.
Acknowledge your fear and ask yourself some questions.
What am I afraid of?
Uncertainty won’t do here. Do your very best to give words and scenarios to your fear.
When you can at least picture what might happen, you can answer the next question.
What can I do about it?
You always have choices. Doing nothing is one of them. And it’s probably the one that feels the safest.
But if you want to grow, that choice is killing you.
Think about how you might IMPROVE the situation.
Can you do something courageous (that scares you)?
Can you reach a little higher than you ever have before?
Can you take a chance that seems like a long shot, but might open a golden door?
Courage is available. So are bold words and ideas. Will you choose them or pass them by to stay safe?
People say it’s crazy to call yourself an artist.
If the sandwich makers at Subway are artists, why can’t you be?
If you can bring significant emotional labor to your hobbies, your social life, and your experiments, why can’t you bring it to your writing career?
You can pitch the biggest publication in your niche.
You can write that book that is brewing inside you, waiting to be committed to paper.
You can tell that story that’s followed you all your life and will go to your grave with you if you don’t publish it.
We need you to share your art. People are waiting for your story to touch them as nothing else can. They’re waiting for the breakthrough you can share. They’re waiting for the relief your wisdom can bring them.
Share it. Hit publish. It’s your responsibility. Will you accept the call?
You’ve already stared fear in the face. You know there will be critics. But you also know that your book can change the game for some people — and those are the people who matter.
You grow your muscles by stretching them.
When you’re training for a marathon, you start by running around the block. Then you push yourself the next day to run a few feet further. Each day’s training builds on the day before.
When it comes to doing what scares you, you decide you’ll face it just a minute longer. If you’re really daring, stand in the fear until you’re at peace. Tell yourself, “I’m not moving until I do what I came here for.”
Take a stand you know is right, but might raise eyebrows.
Write something that makes you question whether you should have said it, but is helpful nonetheless.
I’m not saying you should offend because you can. I’m saying you should state the truth if that truth will set people free.
Stretching also means you make that pitch that you’d only make in your wildest dreams. Your voice matters. Ask to be on a platform that will allow more people to hear it.
If you always stretch yourself, you may not remove the fear. But you will get used to dealing with it, and then you can do things that amaze you.
And you’ll grow faster than you ever thought you could.
Writers who change the world are finishers.
That book idea will take a while to turn into reality. Start now. Put your target date on the calendar. Plot some milestones, and celebrate when you hit them.
Test your work in public along the way. The feedback you get will help you deliver a better product.
You’ll also meet some people who will follow you to the finished book, course, or project — and want to help you tell others about it.
And it all started because you chose to embrace your fear instead of run from it.
We need your message. Will you push through what stands in your way to share it?