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Read this if you're afraid to look like a fool

goals motivation Jan 10, 2021

I recently listened to a livecast hosted by Brendon Burchard about how to release 2020 and start 2021 strong. One of the things he and the other coaches kept saying was variations on:

You’re afraid to start The Thing because you are afraid you won’t be good at The Thing.

Then they always follow this up with:

Of course you won’t be good at it! You’re just starting!

But they're forgetting something important.

What they mean is:

If you’re writing your first-ever book, you’re going to do the best you can, but it won’t be as good as your 2nd book or your 3rd book or your 50th book. And that’s a good thing! The more you practice, the better you’ll get.

Here's what I want to add to this conversation:

People are not paying attention to you.

This is especially true if you’re just starting out. It can be frustrating to start your podcast and have almost no one listening to it. Or to publish your first book and have to wait and wait for the first review. Or to launch your launch your etsy store and get zero sales in your first week.

And that’s a gift.

Think about it… if you’re worried about being seen starting small… no one is watching you!

When I started this newsletter six years ago, I was super nervous about doing it wrong or not knowing what to say, but then I remembered something important.

If I made a mistake, only 10 people were going to see it.

The same thing is true at the gym, by the way. When I first started swimming, I was afraid I’d look like a fool (because I’d failed swimming lessons as a kid). But I went anyway and quickly realized no one was paying attention to me, expect for possibly the lifeguard.

If there’s a new habit you’ve wanted to start, but delayed because you’re not sure you’ll be any good at it or because you don’t want to embarrass yourself…

Just go for it! Belly flop in if you don’t know how to dive!

And if you’re frustrated because you want people to pay attention to you, be patient. Your time is coming.

Keep putting good into the world and good will find you.


This Week’s Challenge:

That new habit you’re starting or the old one you’re continuing, give it some time this week even if you’re worried about looking or feeling foolish. Whether it’s writing on a new idea or going for a swim or starting your newsletter, work on it for at least 15 minutes this week. Getting started is the hardest part.

You’ve got this!


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