As a writer, I get to set my own schedule and write when I want to. In turn, I also get to not write when I actually want too. What I mean by that is, sometimes I want to write but have nothing profound to say. Other times I want to write but I am too lazy to make the huge commitment of going to my computer desk, finding something to write about and committing myself to actually write. The thoughts go through my mind of all the blog posts I need to write, the guest posts I want to query in order to get my voice out there and the necessary words I need to write for my book to get farther along than it is. However, there is this voice inside of me that sometimes says “I’ll get to that later” “It isn’t that important” “I can make my own schedule, let me relax a bit”. What I’ve realized is, no matter how I might disguise it or how I might choose to ignore it, what I am really doing is procrastinating and first and foremost sabotaging my writing career.
If you have ever been there yourself, you know exactly what I am referring to. Here are three reasons I have come to know well as to why I procrastinate.
Confronting our fears is probably the most difficult thing we will ever do in our lives and yet when we do, they seem to just melt away! Instead of being powerful, our fears become powerless! Fear is only as strong as we make it. If we don’t give in to the fear, fear can’t grab a hold of us.
The best strategy we have for dealing with our fears is FAITH! There is no more powerful way to confront fears than with our FAITH! Our tenacity, determination, and resolve, all depend on us believing in our own ability to achieve that which we dream of. If we can believe in ourselves, fear has no power.
It is the work of our inner selves that turns things from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary, and yet there is no way the inner self can do their work without faith and a willingness to confront the fears that plague us! If you want an extra-ordinary life, to be one who is able to take the things that are not the way you want them, and to make them the way you dream them to be, you will have to face your fears and have faith! It is as simple and as complicated as that. Stand fear in the face and say “I won’t let you have me today”
There are many different types of fears. Fear of not being loved, fear of not being enough, fear of what other people might say, and fear of things not going according to plan. What is the worst case scenario? OK you might make a mistake, but if you make a mistake, you will learn something, and then you will grow! If you never face your fears, you won’t ever become what you are meant to be. You will never have that dream. You will never have that job. You will never have that relationship. Fear is what is holding you back.
SO… starting today, fear less and love more! Love your life, enjoy each moment, whether it appears good or bad to you right now, it will work out for if you have faith! Remember; when fear knocked at the door, faith answered and there was no-one there!
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Written by: Debbie A. DeVIta
April 18th 2012