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This week I was reminded of how scary getting started can be. I wanted to sign up for a course that I had been looking at for a while but was feeling overwhelmed by time constraints, financial pressures, feelings of being a fraud, and all around like I should be focusing my time, money, and energy on other areas in my life. But, I also kept thinking that this was something that was important to my soul. The course would offer me designated time for myself every week for 12 weeks. It would give me new skills and knowledge in an area that I am interested in. And it would nourish my heart, even if it was draining other more practical areas in my life.
This is the same feeling I often have when starting a new writing project. I know that it is good for my soul, but I can make a long list of reasons why it isn't good for the rest of my life. I don't have the time, work is too busy right now, I can't afford to dedicate time to writing on a regular basis, my family needs me 24/7, I can't afford the support that I will need to help me write this. And these are the just the practical reasons! The list of emotional reasons is often much longer. I'm not a good writer, so what's the point. This story isn't that interesting, so what's the point. No one will ever want to read this, so what's the point. I am a talentless, worthless person, so what's the point. Things can get dark fast.
The hesitation to get started, or more appropriately, the huge wall that blocks the way to getting started, always seems to go back to fear. Fear that I am not good enough, that the work will not be good enough, that I can't balance writing and life, that I will have to give up too much of my daily life. Fear, fear, fear.
So, how do you move past fear in order to get started?
Hi, I'm Lia! I'm an author and the creator of Cozy Writer's Room. I believe in the power of storytelling and love helping others tell their stories using simple productivity tools like printables!