I’ve had this blog set up for over 3 years. That’s 3 rounds of New Year’s resolutions, 3 years of wasted potential, and 3+ automatic renewal payments of the hosting and domain name for this site without a single post! I’ve been toiling over and financing my little slice of the internet without posting a single thing out of fear.
I’ve told myself I’m not a good writer, I don’t know how to code, I should do more planning, I don’t have a personal brand, and I’m not creative enough for years! I’ve been so afraid of not being my idea of perfection that it’s kept me from even trying. I’ve written countless blog posts in my head during my morning commute that have never seen the light of day. I’ll get fired up and motivated by an idea and eventually talk myself down from that ledge because I’m afraid. I’m afraid it won’t work out. I’m afraid I’ll look stupid. I’m afraid I’m not good enough. I’m afraid that no one will ever read this while simultaneously being afraid that everyone will read this.
Fear is death to creativity and perfectionism is death to productivity. But today I say, “No More!” I’m taking a leap of faith and I’m no longer allowing fear to prevent me from pursuing the things I want in life, namely finally getting the blog up and running. I’m no longer allowing being a perfectionist turn me into a do-nothing-ist. I challenge you to do the same. What dreams, goals, aspirations, or endeavors have you put on the back burner because “the timing wasn’t right” code for, “I’m not ready to face this fear?” What’s one thing you can do today to get you one step closer to goal?
It’s ok to be afraid but it’s not ok to hold in your greatness because your work isn’t perfect. As the old sayings go, “done is better than perfect” and “freedom is on the other side of your fear.”