I Am Scared to Start
I am a terrible writer. Straight up bad. I want to be better. So what should I do?
Easier said than done. I am scared to start writing because I am bad at it. I am scared of people looking at my writing and dismissing it because it sucks. It is a vulnerable thing, to put your thoughts out there to the world and get either no or negative responses.
But you know what is guaranteed to not make me a better writer? Not writing.
If I dismiss my lack of skills as something I can never improve, and therefore refuse to even start, it is guaranteed that I will not get better.
But what if I start? What if I write a little bit every day? Will I become Hemingway? Probably not. But will I be better than I would have been if I never started? Guaranteed.
What are you scared to start? Maybe it is a new relationship, learning a new skill, getting in shape, etc.
Ask yourself…why haven’t you started yet? What do you have to gain by not starting versus starting? Spoiler alert: nothing.
I will close with this thought…what is scarier: trying and possibly succeeding, or not trying and guaranteeing failure?