Overthinking…I’m very good at this. Give me something I should do and I will be able to think of a reason why it isn’t good, won’t work and what’s more important in the moment. I’ve been wanting to learn how to successfully blog for quite some time, but many things have stopped me…lack of time, needs of my family, lack of skill, lack of a subject to focus on, e.g. minimalism, nature, funny moments, joy, kind living. Excuses really. When I get excited about an idea, I write something and then the next day file it away in the that’s ridiculous pile.
Today, I came across a Facebook post which included a link to this talk.
Aha! Now I had the reason why I couldn’t move forward with blogging…my brain talked me out of it. =) Darn, it’s still my fault. Now, I also had no more excuses why I let my brain talk me out of an idea that had been brewing in my head for years.
I purchased this domain years ago following the death of my dad. His last act before entering hospital was to set me up with a WordPress account because I had mentioned wanting to write a blog. Literally, the last thing he did before he asked my mom to drive him to hospital where he would spend six weeks before passing away was to set this up. Since then, I have made some half-hearted attempts, but the words flowed haltingly and the writing seemed flimsy. I was stuck…to not write felt like I was dishonoring my dad’s final loving gesture and to write felt like a hard slog towards failure.
Enter Mel Robbins. I still know this is going to be a hard slog. I still don’t know whether I will be successful or not. I still don’t know if I should have a main theme to my writing or not. I still don’t know if I will be able to share my moments as well as others who amaze me with their reflections and insights. However, I am now understanding that I will not have any of these questions answered sitting in stasis, reading more self-help books, watching motivating YouTube videos (Thank you, Mel Robbins) or waiting to have more time. It’s time to commit to action and learn as I go.
My commitment is this…365 posts…1 year. No overthinking. No excessive proofreading. No stasis. It’s time to move. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…post.
You may never know what results come of your actions but if you do nothing there will be no results. – Gandhi