"You’ve Got to Start Somewhere" is a constant and recurring theme these days.
In the past, it’s always been so easy for me to get caught up in the destructive practice of comparing my Chapter 1 to other people’s Chapter 17. In the moment, I seem to forget that everyone was at one time a beginner - no matter how successful or established they’ve become in their respective field.
While I’m aware this train of thought doesn’t serve me in the slightest, all too many times in the past it’s been so powerful that it has paralyzed my resolve in seeing a project through to completion or even beginning it in the first place.
I believe at the most basic level it boils down to me allowing my fear of rejection and criticism to be the basis for my decisions. My fear of what other people’s opinions may or may not be and the extent to which they’ll judge me is able to have enough influence on me that those opinions determine the direction in which my life travels.
Absolutely insane, isn’t it, when put that way?
“My fear of what other people’s opinions may or may not be and the extent to which they’ll judge me is able to have enough influence on me that those opinions determine the direction in which my life travels.”
Years ago it was recommended to me that I take the time to actually write out certain thoughts, beliefs, or ways of thinking, that by writing them down with pen and paper I'd be able to get a better idea of just how ridiculous they really are.
The fact that I, or anyone, would allow other people’s opinions to have so much power over them that they dictate the direction in which their life will go, is a sad phenomenon that I’d venture to say happens all too often.
It’s an ongoing battle, one that I’m consciously improving on every single day - to remember that my opinion of myself and what I’m doing is the one that matters most. The rest, often admittedly still important, can at times just be “noise” that does nothing to move the needle of progress forward.
I'm starting off fairly deep considering this is officially the second blog post I've posted, but I wanted to bring to light the fact that I’m just starting this journey. I have so much to learn. I've come so far but have so far to go, many mistakes yet to be made, countless victories yet to be won, and all of this is okay.
It's okay because I've started, and if I don’t start today, I guarantee I’ll wish I had come tomorrow.. and you will too.
"It is fruitless to wish you had started years ago.
In the future, you will wish you had started now.