Creating content is one of the biggest challenges for any entrepreneur. As someone who has spent many years churning out article after article, I never thought I’d run out of things to write about.
But I did.
As I started making plans to revamp this blog and made the intention of writing more, I actually started to feel a little stressed about it. What would I write about? There is so much content out there about every conceivable topic, so what more is there to say?
As I started to brainstorm ideas about what topics I wanted to write about in the next couple months, I drew a blank. I just stared at the screen. Nothing.
Then a little voice in my head spoke to me: Just start writing and it will come.
If you’re as old as I am, you probably remember the movie Field of Dreams in which Iowa farmer Ray is walking through his cornfields and hears a voice say, “Build it, and he will come”. This inspires Ray to build a baseball field on his property.
So when I heard, “Just start writing and it will come”, I started writing...and the words started flowing into this article you are reading right now.
I’m sure you can think of a time or two in your life when you’ve wanted to do something, but didn’t know where to start or how it was ever going to come together. But when you started, oh did the stars align and things just somehow worked out.
Feeling stuck sucks. When you just don’t know what to do, what your purpose is, or what the next logical step is, sometimes just doing something - anything - can get the ball rolling. If you don’t know how to take your business to the next level, maybe just reading about other successful entrepreneurs will help. Maybe you could join a mastermind group in your local area. Even just taking 10 minutes to visualize what your successful business would look like in 5 years is doing something.
If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something - a character sketch, a monologue, a description of some sight, or even just a list of ideas.
What I’ve learned over the years of starting businesses and projects is that once I took the first few steps, a snowball effect happened. When I launched my first website back in 2000 I had no formal training in website design and I didn’t know what was involved in Internet marketing, but I was so excited about this idea of having an Internet business that I just read anything and everything I could find to learn more. I was barely making it financially, but little by little the resources, ideas, and information came to me. Every single day I would spend on the web...waiting for my AOL dial-up Internet to connect...
Why You Can’t Start and How to Overcome It
There are probably a ton of reasons why you feel you can’t start something. Maybe you feel that you don’t have the time, money, knowledge, resources, etc. In some respects you might be right. I know that time prevents me from tackling all the things I want to do right at this moment. So many opportunities come my way on a daily basis.
However, for the most part, I believe that we come up with these excuses to not start the things we really want to do because of fear - maybe it’s a fear of failure or even a fear of being successful.
One of my favorite movies is Napoleon Dynamite because in the movie Napoleon did whatever he wanted to do without fear. He was this nerdy kid who drew a picture of a pretty girl he wanted to take to the dance and gave it to her, he campaigned with his friend who was running for president, and even performed this epic dance as part of the campaign…
When you can overcome the fear and just start, the possibilities are endless. But how do you even begin to get over this fear?
In this very inspiring TED Talk, Olympia LePoint, an award winning rocket scientist, shares her three steps to overcoming fear. It’s 15 minutes long and worth the watch.
In summary, here are the 3 steps:
- Name and reject your fear.
- Reprogram your brain with different thoughts.
- Take action in direct opposition to your fear.
I believe that #2 is the step that most people struggle with because our minds go through thousands of thoughts each day. Actually being conscious of the fear-based thoughts and replacing them with positive thoughts takes a great deal of practice. This is especially true when the same ole’ broken record of negative thoughts have been playing in your head for many years.
One of the positive daily habits I’ve adopted is to read through positive affirmations that I wrote down on 3 x 5 index cards and go through them as part of my morning ritual.
If you can start this positive habit of reprogramming your brain and stick to it for at least a week or two, you’ll begin to see results. Believe me when I say that your reality will start to change drastically.
I’ll end with this quote that will hopefully inspire you as much as it has inspired me to take action today towards your dreams…