Every day, I come up against one of those MOMENTS.
You know, sending the email I’m totally freaked out to write. Writing the scene that has been giving me the most trouble. Walking into the meeting I’m so excited about, all while inwardly thinking Oh, please Lord. Let my jokes be funny. Actually hitting send on a project. Standing in a room pitching a project. My heart is on my sleeve — and my brain is coming up with eight thousand scenarios of how I’m going to crash and burn in the most spectacularly embarrassing fashion.
And you know what? I’m going to fail some of the time. I’m human. I’m a writer. I’m never going to be everything to everyone. Some days I probably will crash and burn trying to do the thing I’m totally freaked out by.
But in the middle of all of this, the best thing is for me to SIT DOWN. SHUT UP. And DO IT anyway.
I constantly have to remind myself to do all of this. Take the giant risk. Share the story. Send the email. The outcome may not be exactly what I’d hoped — but if I don’t even try, then 100% of the time, the outcome will be exactly what I feared: nothing. This isn’t some magic formula of overriding fear and killing it entirely. Sometimes I am afraid. But the more times I jump off the cliff standing in front of me and discover mid-air that I’ve got a bungee cord around my ankle, the easier it becomes to jump later. I have to say YES with no promise that it will be echoed back to me.
The only way I have a chance of YES is by being the first one to say it.
So today, what are you afraid to do? What is the paralyzing uncertainty that’s eating away at your heart? What is your question?
Give it a whirl. The world may not come to an end after all…
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