I could probably come up with 10,000 reasons on why not to start a blog. What if I no one reads it? Even worse, what if someone does? What if that someone doesn’t like it and criticizes me? What if I get judged? What if I don’t have anything important to say? What if no one cares? And the list goes on and on. OK, maybe I wouldn’t be able to come up with quite 10,000 but I am prone to occasional moments of exaggeration so it seemed like a good number. Notice that all of my reasons not to blog are fear based and somewhat egotistical, after all, every one of those reasons is about me.
I can also come up with at least one great reason on why taking some risks and starting a blog might be a good idea. Maybe I can say something that someone really needs to hear, something that helps them with an ailment they’ve been struggling with, or perhaps something that inspires them to take action in the direction of their dreams. It might be something that even in the most minuscule way, changes their life for the better. If the slightest chance exists of me touching even one life through writing a blog, then I absolutely must start one.
It has taken me a long time to get to this point. I’ve been telling myself for years that I will start blogging. I’ve set start dates, which have come and gone, blogless, on more than one occasion. This time, however, I’ve decided to overcome the fear, set the date, and actually post on that date.
When I first came to this empty page, I had a momentary freak-out. Fear took over. I had no idea where to start or what I was going to write about and I shut down. I told myself, “forget it, you’re not going to write, you’re never going to put your work in front of others, might as well quit right now”. Having learned enough about myself to know that this type of thinking will just lead me on a downward spiral of self-pity and more negative thoughts, I decided to focus on something else for a while to shift my attitude. I went outside, took some deep breaths, and then spent some quality time in my garden. Once I changed my environment and my focus, I realized what I was going to write about, and that really all I had to do was start writing. I could come back and finish later and edit even later before I actually put it out there. I realized that the most important step, if I was ever going to move in the direction of that dream, was just to start writing. So I came back to the computer and I started to write. I asked myself, what better way to begin my blog, than to be totally, completely and radically honest about all of my fears, to share them with the public and let that be my starting point? After all, part of blogging is to share who I truly am and what I have found to work for me in developing myself as the best person I can be, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
So here it is, my very first step in the direction of one of my big and long-term dreams, my dream to share what I have learned through writing. I am feeling the fear, and I am doing it anyway and I will continue doing it. My subject matter will concern mostly physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. My purpose is to share some nuggets of wisdom that I have picked up along my journey through this incredible life and hopefully help a few people on theirs.
What have you been wanting to do but haven’t quite gotten up the courage to begin? I encourage you to be bold, daring and take action in the direction of your dreams. And remember that most people who have done great, amazing and world-changing things have been faced with extreme criticism and judgment along the way. If I can feel the fear and do it anyway, then so can you.
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