I feel sad to be sat writing this post only nine months too late. Looking back on my previous posts, I can see that the irregularity is becoming a bit of a theme. For that I can only apologise.
I should have followed on from my so-called ‘most recent’post, and I don’t really have a valid excuse for leaving it this long. I just kind of left it alone. At the time, I felt like I wasn’t putting 100% effort or thought into my blog posts, and given how much I love this outlet of mine, that wasn’t great for me. It wasn’t me ‘quitting’, but I had been struggling with the dreaded writer’s block, and it had overtaken me quite dramatically. But now, here I am armed with a plan. I will not divulge that here, but the reason for this being, I knew with all my heart that I really DID NOT want to give this up.
And so, the theme of this week’s blog is exactly that… Not giving up. Its something I’ve been thinking about quite deeply for a while, which led me to take the leap of faith – and reopen the blog that I left behind last year. I’ve compiled a list of tips together (that I will be sure to follow – please remind me of this if I am slacking!!)
You know that thing that you’ve always wanted to do but never done because you’re just that little bit too scared? It’s time to get up and do it.
1. Face your fears
That dreaded cliche. It’s easy to say, a damn sight harder to do. I still feel scared to do the simplest of things sometimes. But a good friend of mine taught me that if you don’t do it now, you never will. Of course, there will be obstacles, some of which you won’t want to face. It’s A-OK to be scared, and to lose your way. It’s inevitable that at some point in our lives we will feel that little bit self conscious. But, no matter how big or small your fears are, accomplishing them means that you’re a step closer to facing something else, often something bigger. Eventually, you’ll be on the cusp of something amazing. Once you face your so-called fears, you won’t be scared anymore. They won’t be fears. Just do it, and then you can look forward to the future. There is nothing that fills you with pride more than being able to say ‘I’ve done it’.
2. Perfection isn’t possible
It’s absolutely normal to want to do something, and want to do it well. But one of the things I know I am definitely guilty of is spending too much time on it. And why? Because it has to be perfect. But how can anything ever be perfect? The answer is – it can’t be. In fact, most of the best things have flaws. Something as simple as a spelling mistake in a piece of writing (which I’m sure I’ve made somewhere)….. In fact, think of something, anything that causes you to cringe that little bit and [insert it here]. It won’t be perfect, because *CLICHE ALERT* nobody is. And you might refrain from doing that one thing in case someone else doesn’t like it. But however much we hate to admit it, there will always be someone who will try their hardest to cause you hurt. They will do everything they can to put you off. But the best revenge for this is to continue doing whatever it is that you are doing, because YOU want to. So post that photo with a crooked smile, don’t edit that tweet with a spelling mistake. It’s fine as it is, because mistakes are made. And that’s just an example. Carry on doing whatever it is that you want, but do it for you, not for anyone else.
3. What if?
Think about your idol for a second. If they hadn’t done what they have, they wouldn’t be where they are today. Examples: Walt Disney was fired from a job in 1919 having being told he ‘lacked imagination’. J.K Rowling’s books have been rejected by publishing companies. After a performance, Elvis Presley was told that he should return to his former career of a truck driver. If you don’t take the leap of faith and do what it is that you want to do, you’ll never know how it would have turned out. If you don’t do it, or if it’s not working out how you thought, it’s often the case that you’re so very close to achieving your goal! Dreams are important and its our responsibility to make them happen. But sometimes we only go after them if we want them badly enough. Don’t leave it, live it!
On that positive note, I will love you and leave you. Of course, I’m no expert in this area but these are certainly the three most important things that I have learnt and I will follow. I will be sure to keep you up to date when I achieve something that I fear. If you have any more tips for not giving up that I haven’t mentioned already, I would love to hear them! Also, please do let me know if you achieve something that you are fearful of. Knowing that this has helped even one of you would be amazing!
Love and positive vibes xx