“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” — Brian Tracy
Every night before my son goes to bed, he snuggles up against me on the couch as I read him a story. The other night, I found Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and read a few of the poems from there. One poem in particular struck my attention.
Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins’ gold.
Donald heard mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.
Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable
This poem taught me that if we want to be bloggers, we have to make it happen. We have to create our own magic. We can’t just sit around thinking about starting a blog and never publish them. No one is going to write our blog posts for us. We have to do it ourselves. If our writing isn’t public, it simply doesn’t exist. Blogging takes us out of our comfort zone. It forces us to be vulnerable. We just have to be comfortable feeling uncomfortable.
You know those cartoons where there’s a devil on one side of the character’s shoulder, and an angel on the other shoulder? Such is the same for us as bloggers. We all have that voice in our head yelling at us, saying our blogging simply isn’t good enough. But, we can’t let that voice win. The angel on our other shoulder–the one prodding us to write– whispers. It’s so soft thy we have to pay attention to hear it. We have to believe it. We have to trust it. then, do it.
As bloggers, it takes self-confidence to get out of our comfort zone and put ourselves out there. It takes courage to be vulnerable and express our thoughts and feelings, our triumphs and insecurities in a blog post for the whole world to see. It’s scary not knowing how our writing will be received, or if anyone will even read it. But, we must do it anyway.
I’m scared right now as I write this post, knowing I’ll have to publish it. I felt scared when I launched my blog. I also get anxiety as I share my blog posts on social media and via my blog newsletter. But, I do it anyway and hope for the best, because it my passion.
“What is obvious to you is amazing to others.”
You may not think that what you’re writing is that amazing, but you don’t know if anyone else will think that. Like Derek Sivers says, “What is obvious to you is amazing to others.”
If you can just touch one person’s life through what you write, you have achieved your mission. You have inspired someone else to believe that they can be a writer, too. And, they’ll want to be just like you– brave, vulnerable, and honest.
So, what are you waiting for?
Want to be a blogger? Then, call yourself one, and then start blogging. Create your own magic. Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable. Start blogging, and publish it for the world to see. You just might inspire others to write, too.