“Whatever your dreams are, start taking them very seriously.” – Barbara Sher of Wishcraft
Do you ever have a great idea, but you choose not to act on it?
The world seems to revolve around great ideas. We put people up on a pedestal because they have come up with a brilliant idea. What no one talks about is all the hard work that goes behind the success.
I was recently talking to a fellow blogging friend who told me that if he would have started his blog 5 years ago he would have 50,000 followers like some of the bloggers we follow. I had to laugh at this.
“What’s stopping you now?” I asked.
“There is so much noise out there. It’s harder to build an audience.”
He was right, but it’s not any harder – it’s just different. Before the internet, writers had to break through the layers of the bureaucracy of printing companies. It’s never easy to build a tribe. It just takes some creativity and leveraging the right spots.
The Real Truth
“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.” – Seth Godin
The truth is that your fear is holding you back. You have genius inside of you. You just need to stop letting your fear dictate your actions.
That means having a plan of attack.
Your fear comes from your amygdala, the first part of your brain that develops as a baby. Seth Godin likes to call it the Lizard Brain because most highly developed creatures have this section of the brain. We need this part of the brain to develop first because we depend on it for survival. Without it we would contemplate running from a charging lion instead of making the quick decision to run for our freaking lives.
Now that you know why your fear kicks in, you have to recognize that this part of your brain gets too much attention. It’s why people hate to stand in front of a crowd. We don’t want all those eyes staring at us. It doesn’t feel safe.
Because our fear goes so deep into our genes we will never get rid of it. We have to learn to use it to help us succeed.
Friend Your Fear
The best place for personal growth opportunities is where your fear resides. The people who understand this make fear into their friend.
For example, I like to call my fear Dr. Oatzel. It helps make my fear more manageable. I’ll also refer to Dr. Oatzel as my arch nemesis. Because really I can be my own worst enemy.
I’ll actually go for walks and talk to my fear. We walk side by side, usually enemies, but friends during this walk. We discuss what’s holding me back and how I can use him to grow stronger.
Know Your Superpowers
Your superpowers separate you from the crowd. Superpowers are those actions that make the most of your strengths, passion, and focus. When you have all three elements, overcoming your fear is easy.
One of Jonathan’s superpowers is connecting people with content they need to improve their lives. He knows how to make sure his audience keeps coming back.
By focusing on this every day, he makes an impact. He isn’t worried about putting out the perfect post because there is no such thing. He keeps putting content up that he feels will do the most good.
You have to be a catalyst for creation. That may mean creating your own original work or helping other people improve their work.
I actually prefer the latter. I’m a natural coach. I love the process of helping someone else succeed.
I noticed that people would often ask me for career and business advice, so I began to understand more of what I needed to do to help the world.
What do you do in your spare time?
The easiest way to understand your passions is to see what you do in your spare time. What do you enjoy so much that it doesn’t feel like work?
I have a friend who was a lawyer and turned herself into a writer because she realized that all of her colleagues loved reading law books. She liked reading self-help books and children’s books. She knew that she needed to steer her career in a new direction.
You may not think that you can make your passions into a career, but you can. You just need to find the right avenue to make it a reality.
You may not want to taint your passion by making it into your career. This is fine, but you do need to share it; otherwise you are depriving the world of greatness.
Share your superpowers with the world
You have greatness that needs to be shared with the rest of the world. Maybe you love to garden; you can teach people in your community about how to develop a garden in their backyard. You may love to paint. You could be selling your paintings in the local coffee shop.
I know this can be scary, but if you aren’t sharing your superpowers with the rest of the world, you are really being selfish. You are letting your fear hold you back form improving people’s lives.
What are you doing to change your life?
How can you do more of the work that will change the world?
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