Dealing with these two kinds of thought patterns is always difficult. I don’t think it will ever be easy to deal with these. There are some new things that I’ve learned recently that helps me get through these issues.
One is that fear is just a story we tell ourselves in our minds.
And the other is you’ll never be “ready.” Readiness is a myth.
I’m realizing these slowly and it’s really helping me take things one day at a time. The anxiety and fear we feel comes the stories we tell ourselves in our heads. We constantly anticipate the future and dwell on the past. We come up with false excuses to prevent ourselves from working on our goals. We even call ourselves “perfectionists” when really we’re just procrastinators. We believe these stories we tell ourselves out of fear protects us from failure and rejection. We believe that if we wait by procrastinating, we’ll eventually be “ready” to take on the journey. When in reality, it’s acting despite being afraid that will give us the confidence to push forward.
Being afraid + Acting Anyway = success.
You should always work towards your goals regardless of the potential negative reactions you get from others. That’s one reason why I made this blog. I knew that some people wouldn’t fully support me because of the kinds of reactions I may receive. I wanted to share my ideas without pretending like I’m some expert or master of whatever it is I want to talk about. I look at my blog as more of a public journal, rather than a serious publication.
Your interests should be approached in the same way. Don’t feel as if you have to be a master to create works of art, document your journey, or share your talents. This belief is predicated on way too many fears. And as I said, fear is a story we tell ourselves in our minds. According to this story, we will never be “ready” to start sharing our talents no matter how much skill we have.
We should start anyway.