Do you feel like you're struggling with the feelings of doubt and fear and inadequacy and just all these yucky, yucky, yucky, yucky feelings? If you do feel this way, what if I told you, you might be doing it to yourself and it could be because of your lack of action.
Thinking about this topic, my intention is to talk about action and really just give you more inspiration to take action as you hear, as a recurring thing that comes along.
I was doing some reflecting on my own life. Now, I consider myself to be a person of massive action. But I'm always fascinated when the way that I see myself doesn't always align with some of the things that I'm doing every day.
For example, right now I'm in the midst of doing a lot of pitching from a podcast standpoint and getting myself prepared to do more of it. I've done a couple but I still have a long, long list of other shows to get through.
And so as I've been working on my story and trying to make sure that's clear, I've found myself waiting and delaying action that I need to take on a bigger scale. All in the name of getting my story perfectly right.
This really hit me and became clear as I read a particular quote. The quote says,
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
So as I thought about this quote, I thought about the fact that for all the pitching that I'm going through and all the action that I have not yet taken, have I felt a little bit of doubt? Have I felt a little bit of fear? I have, I absolutely have. Have I felt doubt? Sure. Has it been validated or do I have a real reason to doubt?
Well, not necessarily, but the fact that I haven't taken the action to get through my lists and get out the pitches has got my mind going saying "Well maybe they won't want that story. Maybe that's not valuable. Maybe that's not the right angle for this show. Maybe it's this, maybe it's that."
Everything that's building that doubt and fear is all in my head. The action hasn't proved the result that my brain is thinking.
Take this quote to heart. If you have something, some ideas, that you know you want to get out to the world, but you are delaying for either some sense of perfection or thinking you're not ready, pay attention. What you're also likely allowing to happen is doubt and fear to creep through just like it's been doing for me.
You may consider yourself super action-oriented. I know I do, but we may always have pockets of things that hold us, blind us and build these emotions that we don't necessarily need to have.
So I'll leave with this and leave this quote with you again. "Inaction Breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." And that quote is by Dale Carnegie. So take that, get out, get busy, take massive, ugly, imperfect action. Just do it.