I wanted to write a blog for years before I actually started doing it. The reason it took me so long is because I was waiting until everything was perfect and was going to be easy.
I was waiting until I had taken writing classes, until I had a great logo and a great website, until someone have me permission by telling me that I was a good writer and until I had really profound things to share, until I was certain people were doing to like it, and until I had enough time to write. Because I didn’t have any of these things, I was stuck waiting.
I could have waited forever for those things to happen, especially waiting until someone told me I was ready and had really profound things to share and everyone was going to like it, and waiting until I had enough time.
I realized that my commitment is that everyone has the courage and the commitment to start sharing their voice and what they see. What we share doesn’t have to be out-of-the-box or shocking or innovative, just from the heart. I realized that I hadn’t been sharing what I wanted to share. I had just been updating my Facebook status. I realized I had been letting my fear of not being good enough keep me from simply sharing, which is a fundamental aspect of ourselves that we all need to be tapping into to be happy. I was letting fear keep me from contributing what I saw to contribute.
So I decided to put some limitations on myself:
- Start this week
- Do it every day, whether you have something extraordinary to say or not
- Take no more than 30 minutes to write it
- Share it every day
These limitations helped me get into action. They helped me start something I really love and have really wanted to do for a long time. They have helped me get used to putting work out there that isn’t my best work and realizing that failure is just fine. They have helped me put into action what I know- contribution is not really contribution if you are attached to the outcome of how it is received. They helped me see that your work can be meaningful even if it is on the most simple, low-tech blog with a simple title, it just matters that you are sharing. Through these limitations I have also realized that sharing from the heart can be quite simple, 30 minutes (or way less) is enough to make a difference.
Today I am asking, where else do I need to put some limitations in place to help me get in action? Where am I taking myself off the hook by waiting until it is easy? Where could I be making a difference and I am not?
We tend to wait until everything comes into place or until we have everything we need to make a move. Consider that working with some limitations will actually have you feel more creative. Put a deadline on it, let go of perfection, and start creating your life.