Welcome to the first post of the Inspiring Creative Passion 7-week blog post series. I am happy to have a series of blog posts to share with you based on my new book, Inspiring Creative Passion. When I first thought of doing this, I wondered what it would look like; would it make sense and all of the other things we say to ourselves when we let fear set in. I believe the title of this post says it all: "The Road Ahead May Be Uncertain...Face Challenges with Confidence."
Ironically, and even before thinking about this series and blog post, I added the title to the Inspiring Creative Passion book in the Positive Affirmations section. I had to tell myself this many times as I would start something, leave it alone, and then it felt like I was falling down on my face. I kept getting up and I knew it was mostly fear and feeling uncomfortable pursuing my dreams which was stopping me from operating at my full potential.
Have you ever had this happen? Let fear stop you from seeing the road ahead and following your path to your dreams? No matter what you aspire to do, take it one step at a time and celebrate and reward yourself after each step. For example, when I set out to write Inspiring Creative Passion, I had no idea it would take me 10 months to get the book published. I knew the road ahead was foggy so I had to keep pushing despite obstacles to get this book finished. One of the things I did was to join an accountability group and this month, November 2017 is our 1-year anniversary of online meet-ups and I even had the pleasure of meeting one of my online sisters in person last month. This support system has been wonderful and has brought me out of my comfort zone. Next, and as I mentioned earlier, I rewarded myself after each chapter was finished. Finding the balance in all of this was key to the success of getting the book finished.
I have some ideas for you also. Here are 5 steps you can take to push fear aside and face the uncertain road ahead when following your dreams:
Find or even start an accountability group. A close, knit group of like-minded people on a similar mission to achieve goals and follow their dreams.
Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to focus on your goals and dreams. If you have more time, this is a bonus. Maybe it is after the kids are in bed and family and work needs are met. Make the time, take the time!
Cut down the distractions like too much television (I'm guilty of this!) and social media. Use the time to research new tools, tips, and techniques to get you on the road to success.
Find a book or an online resource which details the direction you want to go in or a similar goal or dream. This helps so you do not feel like you are reinventing the wheel.
Lastly and certainly not least, write or journal your journey so you will have something to look back on and reflect on the path you are on. When looking back, check off the wins, pros, cons, and lessons learned.