2020 (“Still talking about that aren’t we? Why?”, you ask) stole, finessed, bamboozled, hoodwinked a lot from me. I won’t go into the gory details because you probably don’t have popcorn and an ice-cold drink in hand. It’s a year we want to forget, right? In some way, we all do.
Do you remember the memes though? The quotes flying around about what to do during lockdown, the business to start, the banana bread to make and be the envy of your friends. The book to write, and on and on. After about three months of that constant barrage, I’ll be honest, I started rolling my eyes at these Instagram quotes and hiding them out of sight. I didn’t want to do anything. Not because I was tired, or lazy, or busy (2020 even took that from me).
I was afraid.
If you’re reading this, you know exactly what I mean. You know that moment when an idea comes to mind, you sit, stare at it for about ten seconds, then swat it away like a pesky fly? That was me, except the pesky fly kept coming around. I still ignored it though. But I paid dearly for it. Someone else took the idea I had and ran (jogged, ran, soared actually) with it. That idea that I thought no one would like, pay for, want.
Don’t be like me. If something’s on your mind, there’s a reason it’s on yours. You have a spin to put on it, your own experiences to add to it, your unique perspectives and talents to spice it up. No one can do you quite like you. Another reason to just do it?
The regret, darling. It stings.
Also, your excitement needs an outlet. You know, that feeling you got when that special [business, book, whatever it may be] idea came to mind. That spark that went off. That “Yes!! That would be so good!”. Don’t let it die untapped, untouched.
Lastly, if you don’t try, you’ll never ever know what if?
I outlined three baby steps you can take with that idea you’ve got in mind, over on Instagram. Doing something is always better than doing nothing at all and doubting yourself and your ideas, your plans, your goals. Trying any one of these three can be the first step along the path to bringing your plan to life.
I chatted a bit about self doubt and the havoc it can wreak, over on YouTube. Take whatever you need from these words and I truly hope they’re just the gentle nudge you need today: