Your Success Is in The doing
Sometimes going boldly where no man or women, or just maybe you, has gone before can be a frightening task.
Any new undertaking where you are going into unfamiliar territory can be a daunting. We already have enough to do, right? Whether you’re jumping in and starting a new business, learning to use a new platform to pump up your income a bit, or just learning for the sake of it, it’s change and change is a challenge.
You plan, strategize, and organize your work week to meet deadlines.
You write down the pros and the cons and your plan B’s and C’s, but at a certain point you’ve got to just jump in and do it.
I was already writing on Medium, so when I saw a course that would teach me how to “master” it, I did just that and jumped in.
How could I ignore a headline saying “Learn to earn an additional $600 a month on Medium,” or whatever it was? Well, I’m not quite there yet, but I’m on my way. It takes work and persistence, but I’m beginning to see the changes not just in dollars and cents, but in the way I feel.
Writing was the first thing I did well.
I wrote letters, stories, reviews, for my local newspaper, and then started grad. school where I needed to focus more on book smart than creative writing. It’s taken time, but I’ve rediscovered my writer’s voice and returning to it was like coming home.
And you know what?
I am not the only one who is benefiting. I’ve had quite a bit of engagement and comments from people, who like me, are dipping their toes into untested water and commenting that “they needed to hear that” or “try that.”
Yes, you can do it and yes, you may fail and take time to catch-up to the experts, but so what? Put your heart into it and have fun. Anyone who is successful has failed many times.
Henry Ford, the found of the Ford Motor Company had this to say about failure:
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
That’s because experience breeds success.
My most current venture, is LinkedIn Mastery. My focus is still writing, but learning a new social media platform and all its nuances is good exercise for an aging brain. And it will expand my network.
We think we’re so different, but we are more alike than we know. We need purpose, we need to make plans, and then we need to put them into action.
Everyone is good at something. Maybe you just haven’t discovered yet. Keep digging.
The best way to go from the thinking/planning to the doing stage is to tell people. Tell people in your life and then tell all those as yet unknown connections on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter about your plans. You’ll find that once you put it out there, you’re obligated and more likely to do it. No one wants to be called a wimp.
My next step into the brave new world is going to be to shoot and publish my first video. I don’t know what I’m going to say or how long it’s going to be. But now that I’ve told you, I’m going to have to do it.
And it may suck, but it’s a start.
Ask yourself, what is it that I’ve been thinking about doing? Why am I not doing it?
If you’re afraid of failing then consider this, if you’re not trying new stuff and failing on a regular basis, you’re already failing because you’re living below your potential.
Get going. It’s a big world, but it’s not as scary as you think.