Stop Thinking, Start Doing

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

That quote is on a magnet that I put on my fridge about a year ago. When I bought it, my thought was I’d see it everyday when I pulled out my creamer for my coffee then magically become motivated to test my limits. The reality is, that most times I don’t even look at that magnet, nor do I venture out into unknown territory often. I ran into my neighbor again this morning as I was finishing my walk with Abbey. Honestly every time I see her I really do believe that sometimes things do happen for a reason. This morning was no different.

Last week, I had been struggling to progress with my freelance writing. I’ve been meaning to update my LinkedIn profile and put of samples of my work. The actual task of updating my profile is quite simple. You just have to update your career and upload some documents and Presto! You’re in business. If it’s so easy to do that, you’re probably wondering why on earth have I not done so? The simple answer is that, I’m scared to put my stuff out there. Once I hit that submit button, my hopes, fears, aspirations, are available to the world to do with whatever they choose. That type of vulnerability is terrifying to me. Granted, I realized that one of my key points in my post 2 weeks ago. I can’t very well encourage you all to be vulnerable if I’m not willing to do so myself, now can I?

Talking it out with my neighbor made me realize how much I hold myself back. My mind was working in “negative thought” overdrive. By holding onto negative thoughts and promoting self-doubt. I’ve talked myself out of doing simple tasks for fear of being judged. When I got home, I took a good look in the mirror and I’m resolving to make a change. I need to tear down the walls that I’ve built up and just get on with it. I am challenging myself to get out of my head and start living presently. And since it’s the beginning of the month, the timing couldn’t be better.

June is the month where I break out and really challenge myself both personally and professionally. I will update my LinkedIn profile and get over the fear of judgement. After all, in order to succeed, you have to start. In order to keep myself accountable, I’ll check in with my progress here and give an honest update with how it’s all going. My hope is that you’ll join me and stretch your minds to conquer whatever holds you back this month. Here’s to a growth-filled June. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Stop Thinking, Start Doing

  1. Loved this! “My mind was working in “negative thought” overdrive. By holding onto negative thoughts and promoting self-doubt. I’ve talked myself out of doing simple tasks for fear of being judged. ” That’s me, all day. Except I’m the judge, juror and executioner. I just recently decided to start branching out with my writing, attempt freelance work, something I have long felt I wasn’t “ready” for. But when are you ever really ready? Good luck with your growth, hopefully I can follow suit. 🙂

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    1. I can totally relate to the feeling. It seems as though we all feel “not ready”, so I suppose it’s best just to take the plunge and do it. Thanks for the support and I wish you well in your freelance endeavors. Feel free to keep me posted. We could be freelance support buddies 🙂

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      1. Awesome! Ok, so I would highly recommend avoiding content mills if you can. They pay pennies on the dollar really. When I first started out I thought it was the way to go, but the problem is that you’re writing a lot of content and getting burned out really quickly.

        There’s a writer site that helps mentor beginning freelancers. From what I gather, a lot of “problems” freelancers face are: not knowing where to start, not having confidence in their abilities, and accepting work for subpar pay. I highly encourage you to check the site out. It has so many tips and words of encouragement from fellow writers. http://www.makealivingwriting.com/

        Also, is there any specific areas you write in? I’ve noticed that the higher paying gigs are in tech, medical, and business oriented companies. I naively thought I could write lifestyle pieces and call it good. Those don’t pay well because they are highly sought after. I would recommend going into topics you’re comfortable/knowledgable in.

        Lastly, market, market, market. This is where I run into a bit of trouble. To get decent work, you have to showcase your talents all throughout social media and whatnot. The site that I mentioned pretty much says “if you’re not marketing, you’re not going to find well paying gigs”. I actually believe that. So tell everyone about your awesomeness. If you have friends with businesses, offer to write their sales letters and get referrals. Networking will definitely help you. Also here’s another site where you can find writing gigs. http://jobs.problogger.net/

        Hope this helps! 🙂

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      2. It does! Thank you so much for the advice. I’m mainly a fiction writer, but I also majored in Journalism in school and did pretty well with entertainment and feature writing. I will definitely check out the sites you mentioned and see where that takes me. 🙂

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