What’s holding you back?
Why are you scared to take risk – the risk of following a new career path, pursuing a dream job, starting a website or blog and sharing your story?
Why are you scared to test your limits and challenge the things that you think you’re capable of?
My guess is that is has a lot to do with fear…
Fear of rejection.
Fear of humiliation and judgment.
Maybe it’s the fear of failure or simply fearing the unknown.
If you never try to pursue something you’re passionate about, or if you never attempt to share your story or opinions, then you never have to worry about facing these fears.
You don’t have to worry about being told that you’re not good enough or being disappointed that you failed.
So we settle; we settle for comfort. We settle for the known and less risky paths.
You settle but in doing so you deprive the world of your story, your strengths, and your ability to make a difference.
When I decided to start this blog there was nothing but fear. Sure, there was the hope and thought that this could turn into something that helped people change their lives.
However, the constant thought of judgment, failure, and rejection never escaped my mind.
Do I really have to share my financial information and our personal struggles? Do I really have to talk about how much money I gave up to pursue a job that I was passionate about?
Maybe…maybe not. But I believe that peoples’ stories and shared experiences motivate and provide proven methods to change our lives and mold us into better people.
These stories give us the opportunity to learn, expand, and develop into something better than we are today.
We all have a story to tell. We all have struggles, strengths, and passions that could be used to help others throughout this world.
A few weeks ago I ran across a blog that was started by a friend of mine from high school.
I’ll admit that I’ve lost contact with most of my old friends for various reasons, so I really didn’t know anything that had been going on in the life of this individual.
Well, by taking some time to read through her blog, I discovered that Alex lost her hearing sometime after high school and she has been blogging about her journey to learn to hear again.
When I read through some of her posts, and felt the honesty with which she writes, I couldn’t help but to be inspired.
How much fear did she have to overcome to share her story? Maybe it’s nothing compared to what she’s faced throughout this period in her life…but still…there was certainly some fear and risk.
However, I was more inspired by the fact that she was doing something! She is sharing a part of her personal life to help motivate and educate others that are facing similar battles and similar struggles.
Maybe you don’t have as great of a struggle to share, but my bet is you have something to say.
Every day I read blog comments (on other blogs) about readers seeking bloggers that struggle with money – people that are barely making ends-meet. People that have 3 kids and live near the poverty level.
Because there are others out there like you and people want to hear your story.
Hearing about somebody that overcomes struggle motivates us – Americans love to root for the underdog! It shows me that if you can do it, then I can do it too!
This blog is popular, so there is a chance you’ve heard of it: Enjoying the Small Things.
First, I’ve never read a more well-written blog (I’m envious of her ability to write). More importantly I’ve never read through something that was so REAL and filled with raw emotion.
Something so honest and sad, yet so inspiring and encouraging.
In her blog, Enjoying the Small Things, Kelle Hampton shares her personal story of what it was like to have a baby with Down Syndrome.
I’ve read some other blogs with similar situations and they’re encouraging as well…Kelle’s writing and emotions just hit me the most.
There were numerous thoughts racing through my mind as I read Nella’s story (Kelle’s child). However, as I reflect back on it, I wonder how much fear she had to overcome to share that?
But the better question is: how many lives has she touched and changed because she decided to?
You have something to share. A desire or passion to pursue, or a God-given strength to take advantage of.
What’s holding you back?
If your excuse/reason is because you don’t know how to create a blog then I’d encourage you to check out the My Setup page. That’s where I detailed everything I used to create this site.
Provide Hope. Conquer Fear. Inspire Change.
If you have a story you’d like to share (career, financial, life, etc), then I’d love to hear it. I might even be interested in sharing it as a post on this blog! You can send me an email by clicking here!
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