When it comes down to it, we are often the one that is holding ourselves back. Coming up with excuses or reasons why we shouldn’t (or can’t) do something, then over-analyzing worst case scenarios of what might happen if we DID do it, that basically only serve to scare us out of ever actually doing it.
For the last 20 minutes, I’ve been going over all of the reasons why I don’t want to get out of bed to grab my computer so that I can type out this whole article that I’ve already written in my head while trying to get to sleep…
My reasons included:
“I’m tired and need to sleep.” (It was 10:30pm)
“I have lots of stuff to do tomorrow.” (I don’t)
“I’ll probably just end up forgetting what I wanted to write” (…Clearly I didn’t)
“Even if I did remember, who would want to read my thoughts, anyway?” (you do, apparently <3)
And so on.
We tend to build walls of limitation so we can stay comfortable. Because let’s face it, consistently going out of our comfort zone is hard. So not even trying is the path of least resistance. The safer route.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it only leads you to places we’ve already been.
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a consulting business for years, and haven’t done it until now. I’ve mostly avoided it due to the fear of putting myself out there, of opening up my inner world to judgment and criticism and believing I didn’t “know enough.”
But now I’m starting to realize that if I don’t do it, then I’m denying myself the opportunity to truly be my Self, which is what everyone really wants, I think.
But unless we put ourselves out there, how will we get there?
Denying who we are and what we like to do simply out of fear of criticism, judgment or what other people might think is not only a disservice to ourselves, but to all the people who might gain something from our unique talents, views, experiences, etc.
So, in spite of all the reasons not to, here I am.
It’s nice to meet you!