This question has been following me around for the last few months. In the process of thinking about starting a blog, this little voice in my head kept saying, Why should I write? What if I don’t have anything smart or interesting to say? What if no one reads this? What if…?
One morning, I changed the words around in that question and made it a statement. “Why I SHOULD Write.” My thinking shifted. I remembered this article I read about how expressive writing can improve your health, happiness, goals…everything. Then, I remembered this pictograph I posted to my Facebook page titled “10 Things That Happen When You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone.” I realized that the little voice in my head was speaking out of fear: fear of disapproval, rejection, failure. “Don’t do it. It doesn’t matter. No one will care.”
Thankfully, I was able to ignore that voice. Shifting my thought pattern changed my course. Instead of letting the voice of fear stop me from creating this blog, I listened to the one that said “This is why you SHOULD write.” I’m now two posts in! I’ve already succeeded! I feel a bit out of my comfort zone but I understand that the practice of writing teaches me more about myself, who I want to be and what I’m capable of.
#10 of the “10 Things” list is “You start inspiring others.” Perhaps you’re now inspired to step out of your comfort zone and make steps toward that something you’ve been wanting to do. You will be an inspiration to those around you when you do. And that’s a very healthy way to start the New Year!