Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Just Do It.

We've all heard that saying - JUST DO IT. And Nike honed it for their big advertising campaign. But many times, those 3 little words are so much easier said than done.

What stops us from following 3 simple words?

1. Fear - fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, even success. We have to push our way through to keep going for those things we want in life.

2. Hesitancy - this goes along with fear, but even if you think you've mustered up the courage to take action toward a new goal, new path in life - WOP! Along comes a great way to wait. You know that old diet saying "Guess I'll start tomorrow." We do the same thing in all other areas of life. Writers often embrace doing laundry because it's a task that makes us *feel* like we've accomplished something, but it doesn't get the words onto the page. Do the laundry later. Write first.

3. Unclear on where to go. This one is valid, and we need to plan a path for us to follow. However, don't get so caught up in planning and thinking and pondering where you want to go, that you never STEP out onto the path itself.

I've seen these 3 fears in myself, in other writers, in people no matter what their profession or hobby. And it all boils down to - JUST DO IT. Push through the doubts and keep going. What have you got to lose?

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