I’ve been talking about following your purpose. I have followed my purpose by writing this blog on a regular basis but I will admit that there has been a nagging bit of self-doubt in the back of my mind. I kept wondering if my writing was good enough. I wondered if I was publishing anything that anyone would want to read.
I know that I am publishing something that people read, because I have been so fortunate and lucky to have people continue to read this blog. I am deeply grateful and appreciative. But, yesterday, I experienced a huge boost of confidence. My writing was published on the Huffington Post. The post is titled, “Why Can’t Women Get Along.” I have to say that it is one of my proudest moments.
Writing the post brought up my self-doubt, resistance and procrastination. I faced it all, including negative thoughts. In the past, I might have talked myself out of it. Writing my blog has built my confidence in being able to take an idea and explain it. So, I sat down and I wrote it. Then, I edited it. Now, editing usually only takes me a few minutes. My self-doubt had me editing this post over and over until I had to mentally tell myself to stop. I read it one more time to make sure I was satisfied. I put it in the email and sent it to the editor.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear”- Mark Twain
The next day, I woke up to an email containing the link for the post. My heart jumped and I was grinning like an idiot. I looked at my name and my picture with the title, “writer” beneath it and it felt so real. In that moment, it erased the self-doubt. Confidence replaced the question, am I good enough? . By taking the step and doing the thing that scared me, I affirmed my purpose and showed myself that I haven’t been chasing this dream for nothing. There are moments in our life that act as signs that tell us that we are on the right road.
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All it takes is one step towards your dream. It doesn’t have to be a huge step. Most people make the mistake of thinking that you have to become famous on your first try. Every person that you admire had to take one step that led to another step that propelled them to where they are. Everyone has faced failure and tests before they reached their level of success. We see the end result and think that it what we are supposed to accomplish in one move when it actually takes practice and setbacks. Successful people don’t give up. They keep going until they make it.
What step can you take? What is one thing you dreamed of doing that you’ve told yourself you’re not good enough? You are good enough. Can you take that step today?