Last week, while working on some miscellaneous projects I was playing an assortment of podcasts in the background and I heard Elizabeth Gilbert* say, “Somehow in this culture we’ve gotten the misconception that you’re not allowed to create or produce anything until you’re already good at it.” I stopped typing and just sat there for a moment. I’m a big believer in the notion that we hear and see things at just the moment we most need to see and hear them. And, this was one of those moments for me.
Several months ago (July, maybe?) the hubs and I had a heart-to-heart talk and he looked at me square in the eye and said, “You’ve been talking about wanting to be a writer for as long as I’ve known you. It’s time to try it.”
“Whaaaaaat? I’m not ready!” my insides screamed. But, I knew he was right. I had been chasing writing and speaking my entire career – as a marketing and communications professional and as a copywriter and editor for other entrepreneurs. Still I thought, “What if I’m not good enough?”
Fast forward to last week and the same thoughts crept in about this website . . . maybe I should improve the graphics or the layout or the text or, or . . . before I share it with other people. Just another version of, “What if I’m not good enough?”
Now, here’s the ironic part: I’m the first person to encourage people to take the leap, to put their stuff out into the world. Yet, here I was letting my fear get the better of me – at least until I heard Ms. Liz Gilbert, Ms. Eat, Pray, Love say, “Knock it off, Dear One! Stop playing small. Stop hiding.” (She didn’t actually say that, I’m translating)
So, I did. I took a deep breath and owned the title “Writer.” And, while my insides are still screaming a little (OK, a lot) I know I did the right thing. And, I know it’s OK to continue to grow while I do it.
Can you relate? Is there something you are avoiding doing because you’re not “already good at it” or you’re questioning whether or not “you’re good enough?”
Yes? Then I invite you to join me. Set the intention to put yourself out there. Set the intention to share your gifts and talents with the world. And, let me know how it goes, after all, we’re in this together.
*Magic Lessons podcast, Episode 209, “Show Up Before You’re Ready”