Do you ever have so many good ideas, or a list of things you want to do that you know will help you reach your goals, but for some reason you can’t get yourself to do them? I’ve been feeling this quite often lately. I have a huge list of blog improvements, business ideas, marketing ideas, and yet it’s hard for me to knock a couple things off my to-do list.
Why is this? I feel like some of the best entrepreneurs pound out work like it’s nothing. But for newbies, I feel like the struggle is real. We put off work because of the fear of failure. This doesn’t mean that we don’t trust ourselves enough to figure out how to motivate ourselves. When we learn how to solve this problem, we can find the courage to work for ourselves. Here are some ideas on how we can let go of the fear of failure.
1. Show up for ourselves. If we need to write, just sit down in front of a blank screen and write. If you put off writing to get other things done, such as reading stuff online/cleaning/playing with your puppy then you’re never going to write. Dedicate specific time to sit, be alone, and write.
2. Think about who you’re helping. If you’re a blogger, your readers are benefiting from your recipes, your nutrition articles, your business tips, whatever you’re writing about. But in the end, you’re just helping yourself by building a new career or business. You are a person deserving of help.
3. Take the smallest step. The smallest possible. Instead of looking at your giant to-do list (right now mine contains 12 major blog/business related things), take tiny steps. Instead of saying to yourself, “Write weekly newsletter email”, it means, “Go to your computer and open up the webpage”. Or, “Get up off the couch.”. That’s a sucess. If you can take that tiny step, the next one will be a little easier. Think of the episode of Friends where Ross has to walk Chandler through his wedding day step by step. We’re all afraid. It’s perfectly fine to be afraid, so let yourself feel it. Be present with the feeling, and experience it. Where is it coming from? What scenarios are you playing in your head? Are they realistic?
We can do this. I believe in us!
Do you ever have these feelings? Let’s get through it together!