So far, my transition from casually blogging to monetizing has been rocky to say the least. It is actually really fucking hard, and a lot of times it leaves me feeling exhausted, incompetent, and defeated. The simplest tasks seem so confusing, and sometimes I really feel like I’m never going to figure it all out.
The other day, I was working in a café, trying to accomplish a “simple” task. I just could not figure it out, and I ended up in tears in the bathroom saying to myself “I absolutely hate this- why am I even doing it?” I reasoned that if I couldn’t even figure out how to do that, how did I have a chance at figuring the rest of it out?
Her amazing message, accompanied by her ultra relaxing accent was like a God send. You know that odd feeling you get when you’ve been completely rattled and then something provides you with relief and a feeling that it’ll be okay? For me it’s like this weird mix of panic and safety.
The title of her video is 3 Steps to Take When You Feel Like Giving Up. Here are her three points, followed by my thoughts.
First, she said you have to choose to believe in yourself, and that right there made me tear up again. You have to choose to believe in yourself.
It’s great to have the support of others, but their support alone is not going to get you through the confusion and frustration and self-doubt that can come with working on something that is really important to you.
Second, realize and acknowledge that it’s just an adventure. This is so so true. It’s so easy to get way too wrapped up in your own project and forget to have fun with it. This blog does not have to define me or pay my rent. If I do fail at this blog, I do not fail at life. If nothing else, my computer struggles are teaching me a lot about patience and are giving me content to write about :p .
Third, remember the Bigger Picture. In the video, Carrie discusses a video she watched by Les Brown. He talks about being on your death bed and being visited by the ghosts of all of the ideas and potential that you possessed but never achieved in your life. When you die, these ideas die with you. I love writing, and I’m proud of my blog, so am I willing to let some technical set backs keep me from doing what I love? Hells to the no! High five, Les Brown.
Carrie summarizes, “This is your one chance to make something incredible happen with your life, so you have to step up and make it happen. Choose to be the person that believes in them self.”
Omg, more tears. I should not be in public right now.
What is your thing- the one that feels so incredible but so impossible that you’d rather just push it aside?
I’m sure you’ve hear this before, “if you can dream it, you can achieve it.” That’s actually not just a cute positive saying; it’s fact. That thing that you repeatedly day dream about is actually you higher mind showing you your higher potential. Your day dreams are unique to you because your power and potential is unique as well.
The negative self talk and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles are only in your mind, so stop giving them so much importance.
Choose right now, right this second, to start believing in yourself- and then watch the watch the magic happen.