You’re Going to Want to Give Up
I woke up scared today.
Scared that I was a failure because I hadn’t yet written a blog post.
Scared that nobody would care about what I wanted to share.
Scared that people would unsubscribe.
Scared that I wouldn’t have the persistence to create a business that I love.
I’m going to be real with you. When you begin your first online course, you’re going to get scared, too.
You’re going to feel like you’re creating this amazing program and then wonder who will even buy it.
You’re going to get frustrated because the technology stuff won’t work.
You’re going to love it and then hate it.
You’re going to beat yourself up because things aren’t perfect. Then, in the next moment, you’ll love the awesomeness that just flowed from your mind.
You’re going to think that all of this is crap.
Kick Your Negative Thoughts in the Booty
But, I want you to keep going.
I want you to remember that it takes action to achieve your goals.
I want you to remember that everyone has negative thoughts.
And, that’s life. A back and forth between being excited and being scared.
Although I woke up scared today, there was one thing that actually got me out of bed and my butt moving.
The vision of what I want to create for myself.
I pictured a successful business and a life where my time was my time. I pictured calling the creative shots in my business. I pictured traveling and spending more time with family and friends. I imagined location independence. And, it looked oh so sweet.
I’m a believer in what you think AND create is true. So, in that moment I thought about the life I want to live. And, then I created it by getting my butt up and getting my day started.
It’s tough, but you need to constantly remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. The best thing to do is to make your vision more real by busting through the negative thoughts.
Here are 2 “Do Now” Ways of Making Your Vision More Real:
1. Create a Tangible Reminder
Do you know what you want your life to look like a year from now? Two years from now? Three years from now? You should. But if you don’t, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on that. Everything you do should move you towards your dream.
But, motivating yourself takes more than just setting goals and envisioning a dream. Motivating yourself means that you have to recommit daily to what you’re trying to achieve.
Remember back in the day, when you had your fave crush plastered on your bedroom wall? (Mine was Johnny Depp from 21 Jump Street.) You dreamed of kissing him and riding off into the sunset (or was that just me?). Yeah, that’s the kind of vision and feeling you should create.
Let’s take back our middle and high school years!
Take-Away: Find a picture or quote that will serve as your reminder. Post it everywhere! Use it as a reminder of what you’re working towards. (And, yes, the answer to your unspoken question is, I still would like to meet Johnny Depp. And, the answer to your other unspoken question, no, he no longer takes up space on my wall.)
2. Do What You Love Right Now
Part of the reason why I didn’t get up was because I hadn’t written a blog post. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to. I have a topic down on my editorial calendar. My calendar told me what I needed to write. And, it should have been easy, right?
I realized that it was okay to veer off track. The topic didn’t move me to write. Maybe I’ll be more moved next week to write about that topic. But, I was so tied to that specific topic, that I just kept putting it off and putting it off.
Instead, I was motivated to write this post. I realized that if I don’t love doing it, I’m just not gonna do it.
Take-Away: If something doesn’t feel right to you, put it to the side. Do something that’s going to move you. You’ll be more motivated to keep going!
I don’t believe we can possibly be positive ALL of the time. I believe that negative thoughts are part of the human experience. They are designed for us to get to know ourselves and our possibilities. But, it’s true that it’s also part of the experience to not let those negative thoughts keep you from moving forward.
Let me hear from you! What are some of those negative thoughts that swim in your head and keeps you scared? And, what ways have you found to get over them?