One of the hardest things in the world is just STARTING. We have no end to great ideas, but when it comes to finding the time, the energy, the will, even the desire to get up and get moving on those ideas – well, that’s where most of us fail.
It’s not that we don’t want to start:
- That book that has been gathering dust in our imagination.
- That screenplay that keeps running lines in our head.
- That workshop or seminar we know will change lives.
- That blog that could connect people together in community.
- That easy-to-use cookbook that could save the lives of hopeless kitchen rookies like me.
And the list goes on and on. There is so much creativity that never sees the light of day, and for so many different reasons. But I have found that more often than not, when someone tells me about the creative project in their heart that they have never started and I ask them what they are waiting for, I hear the same question over and over again.
AM I GOOD ENOUGH?
What a horrible, crippling question. And the not-so-funny thing is, the more often you ask yourself this question, the more you validate the fear behind the question in your own mind. So many creatives never start because they don’t believe that they are good enough to finish. And if you believe you will never finish, then what is the point in starting?
Inkible family, have you ever asked yourself that ugly question. Have you ever felt the hope and the curiosity and the excitement of a new dream beaten back by the fear of “What if?”
When I hear that question from someone (and remember, I hear that question a lot in my line of work, and to be honest, I hear it from within myself from time to time, too), I usually ask a series of three questions that go something like this:
- At the end of your life, will you regret that you let that dream in your heart die simply because you weren’t sure if you would finish?
- Do you really believe that wondering if you’re good enough means you’re not qualified to start?
- How could it change your life if you just spit in fear’s eye and did it afraid anyways?
Joyce Meyers once said, “We may feel fear but we do not have to give in to it. We can do whatever we need and want to do, even if we have to ‘do it afraid.’ Courage is not the absence of fear; it is action in the presence of fear.”
Don’t let fear stop you from starting. Don’t let questions about whether or not you are good enough hold you back from trying. Because believe it or not, I have found that most people are more ready than they know, and the only real road block in their way was – themselves.
So get out of your own way and get started. You got this.