I was talking to a good friend this morning – I think it was still morning, at the time – and somehow we got onto the subject of how sometimes, we put our goals on the back burner in order to keep from creating an awkward situation. We avoid the awkward at all costs – even sometimes at the expense of the things we really need. It can be in relationships or in our career or in our goals. If it makes things weird between us and someone else, we just slip it under the rug and tell ourselves it’s not a big deal.
But it is! It’s a BIG deal if it’s something that occupies our thoughts, our reactions, our progress, etc.
“We cannot live in fear of someone else’s issues,” I said to my friend.
And then it got me thinking about how much I needed to tell myself that. In life, there is so much to be afraid of, it seems. It’s this fear of the unknown of how things will turn out if we do something one way versus another way.
“What if I take this way, and it doesn’t turn out how I want it to?”
“What if I miss something, and something terrible happens because of it?”
“What if I put all this effort into my business, and it doesn’t work?”
I think we get so caught up in the end result that we forget the most important part – to do something. I get such anxiety sometimes, trying to figure out how I’m going to make it from Point A to Point B in my life, and it can be paralyzing. You can reach this point of utter stagnation, and that’s not where we’re meant to live. Even as a Mom, sometimes I weigh the pros and cons of going through the production of getting the kids out of the house for something I want to do but it feels like such an ordeal to leave the house, not knowing if one of my children will have a meltdown, or if the weather will hold up, or if it will be more stressful than enjoyable.
And as a business owner, I want my business to be successful and profitable, and sometimes it is downright hard! When you take time away from it and come back, it can feel daunting to try and get your brand back up and make sessions happen. But I know that even though it’s hard, I’ll never know if it could be great if I don’t keep pushing, even when it may be uncomfortable and sometimes feel awkward to be my own salesperson. (Speaking of which, DO be sure you check out the Family Photo Fail contest this week! You have until August 10th!)
Just do something! Life happens whether we choose to live it or not. I encourage you to live it!
What is the next step you can take today toward something that seems far away? Take one step, and then take the next one. And keep going. Just keep going.