“Fear is a lie.” – Steve Maxwell
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Each week we discuss one idea that will help you live a better life.
This week’s topic is the RESISTANCE and how FEAR of FAILURE keeps us from sharing our best work.
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The Vibe: Fight the Resistance
After writing and sharing over 200 blog posts, the RESISTANCE showed up out of nowhere and started to rear naked choke my courage to write.
The RESISTANCE is that mysterious force author Steven Pressfield claims acts against human creativity by raising the voices of FEAR and DOUBT inside our heads.
The RESISTANCE has one goal: to keep things the way they are.
It does this by crushing our courage to be creative.
Every time I came across a new idea to blog about, the RESISTANCE told me a dozen reasons why I shouldn’t…
“Your writing sucks.”
“No one is going to read this.”
“No one cares what you think.”
“Who are you to write anything?”
I was afraid to show up and look foolish.
So I stopped blogging for 2 months.
It felt safer to play it safe.
But safe is BORING and AVERAGE.
Keeping the status quo is a waste of time.
No need for any of these.
We have to keep walking past our FEARS and DOUBTS.
At some point, that walk is going to get uncomfortable.
We have to learn learn to get comfortable being uncomfortable.
This takes time and practice (PS – Jiu Jitsu helps).
But the RESISTANCE is a persistent enemy.
It keeps showing up.
Seth Godin likes to say that FEAR and DOUBT will never fully go away, but we can learn to dance with them.
My 2-month sparring session with the RESISTANCE taught me two great lessons.
- Action crushes fear.
- Fear is a liar.
Rosa Parks said, “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
We all have things we want to do.
We all have projects we know we should do, but that FEAR VOICE in our heads keeps holding us back.
What project are you holding off on?
What conversation have you been avoiding?
It’s time to PUNCH that fear in the throat and take a step forward.
I may not be the best writer.
My blog does not have a million followers.
I just hit the publish button.
Until next week,