Do you have that friend who always talks about the things they want to do, the places they want to visit, the projects they want to start, the books they want to read? But then you ask them about their progress and they say they haven’t had time to begin? Or maybe you find yourself doing this very same thing. That’s ok. We all procrastinate, make excuses, every once in a while. That’s part of being human. What’s not ok, is doing these things all of the time and never starting. It’s time to stop talking and dreaming, and instead start doing. As Nike likes to say “Just Do It.” They were on to something when they came up with that slogan.
I’ll admit, I’m a dreamer. I have ideas come to me all the time, some good, some outrageously bad, but they’re ideas all the same. I think what tends to hold me back the most is fear. Fear of failure, fear of not being understood, fear of being vulnerable. But what I’ve learned these past three months since I launched my very own social media and PR business, and started blogging full time, is that people care about what I have to say. For the longest time, I thought I was writing merely for my mom and a few friends, but with these past few months I’ve had readers from all over the world from the She’s All Smiles community email me sharing their own personal stories with eating issues, questions about fashion for spring, and even the occasional readers who have asked for career advice. I never thought that I would build a community that cared so much, in such a short period of time. But it happened. And it happened in large part because I just did what I felt. I wrote that article that was swimming in my head for weeks, I created a platform that hopefully inspires others to lead a happy and healthy life. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t put aside my fear of failure. I talked about starting a blog for years, but it took a life altering circumstance to push me to actually begin. I stopped talking about it and I started doing. And I’m so glad I did.
Now I still have other projects that I talk about all the time that I have yet to actually start. Sure there’s the excuse of not having enough time or having the feeling of exhaustion every now and then, but if I want to write that book, if I want to start that product line, I’ll stop talking about it and I’ll do it. I’ll push through the excuses and the feelings of exhaustion and will persevere.
After all, life is what you make of it, be and I don’t want to me 90 years old thinking about what could have happened. I want to be proud that I tried. Maybe I fail, maybe I succeed. I don’t know, but one thing I do know is that life is about the journey so go out and make the most of it.
Do you have a project or idea that you’ve been sitting on for a while? What’s stopping you from going for it? Share your story in the comments below!