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One of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time is Sara Bareilles. I’m a sucker for lyrics, and she does NOT disappoint, especially in her less well known songs (some of my favorites by her are “City”, “Chasing the Sun”, “Love on the Rocks”, “Vegas”, and “Many the Miles”).
I was listening to my songs shuffled today and her song “Uncharted” came on.
I know the song by heart, but these lyrics struck me powerfully:
I won’t go as a passenger, no
Waiting for the road to be laid
Oh I may be going down
I’ll take “in flame” over burning out.
I’m going down
Follow if you want, I won’t just hang around
Like you’ll show me where to go
I’m already out of foolproof ideas
So don’t ask me how
To get started
It’s all uncharted
The thoughts that this sparked in me were threefold:
1. It’s so much better to me to try and fail than to never try at all. The pain of failure has become less strong for me now than the pain of staying the same and “burning out”.
2. I know enough. My brain wants to tell me that I don’t have enough knowledge to do the things I want to do, but that is a lie. I can learn things as I go.
3. There’s never a “perfect” or “right” time to do things, and if I wait for that time, I’ll be waiting my whole life.
I wanted to share these thoughts with you today because I think too many of us get paralyzed waiting for the right time or even a “good” time to move forward toward our goals. February rolls around and we’ve already given up on our resolutions made only 31 days ago because it “wasn’t the right time” or “life happened”.
Life will always happen. Every time.
It will never be the “right” time.
You’ll never know everything before you start, either. It’s all uncharted, like Sara so wisely penned.
If you wait to start moving toward your health goals until you know everything about nutrition and exercise and have a gym membership and join a group and feel good and have everything planned out to the tee, then you will NEVER do it.
So go forth! Take the risk. Start doing something, even if you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing.
You’ll figure it out.
I waited a looooong time to kickstart this blog. If you go back and look at my archives, you’ll see that I started this blog back in June of 2017, wrote one post, and then didn’t do anything with it until January 2nd of 2018.
I felt paralyzed by fear of failure. I felt I didn’t know enough about the technical side of blogging. I didn’t have nice pictures. I was afraid that people would see me as a fraud–that I didn’t really know what I was talking about and even if I did, why should people listen to me?
This year (on January 1st) I decided to throw all that crap out the freaking window.
And you know what? It’s been one of the best experiences of my life.
This past 32 days, I’ve written 30 blog posts. It didn’t all go perfectly as I planned it. My original plan was 30 posts in 30 days.
Life happened. My daughter suffered a severe injury and was hospitalized overnight. I missed two days because of that, and rightly so.
But instead of using it as an excuse that this wasn’t the “right time”, I just took those two days off and then picked right back up where I left off. I was still able to be there for my daughter, and I still found time in my days to write a quick post.
There were days when it got to be 9 pm and I realized that I hadn’t written for the day. So I just went to bed, got good sleep, and wrote two posts the next day.
I figured out a lot of the technical stuff by watching YouTube videos and by purchasing a high-quality membership in a program called “The Billionaire Blog Club“, an all-encompassing service that provides videos on everything you need to know to create a blog (and it’s created by a guy who has created/runs at LEAST 6 successful blogs and has 8 more in the works!!).
The point is, I’ve been figuring stuff out as I go, and working with life happening all around me. I’ve tried to adopt the mentality/thought that “I can figure things out. I can figure out anything I need to know.”
That’s the mentality that I KNOW you can adopt too.
I hope you will.
From here on out, you’ll see one post a week from me, but I feel SO grateful to all of you who have followed along with me on my journey this month to do 30 posts.
Now you go and start doing something RIGHT NOW to get to your goals. Don’t wait. It’s all uncharted, because your journey won’t look the same as anyone else’s. People can help you along the way, of course, but don’t wait for them to “show [you] where to go”.
Chart your course.
Write your story.
Get going. Seriously. I’ll end this post now so you can. 🙂