It’s a simple question, but I found it tucked into Sheryl Sandberg’s wisdom when I was reading LEAN IN a couple years ago and it’s never left me. Whenever things seem overwhelming this simple question takes us back to the heart of our passion and the reason for our struggles.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
For many people reading this blog it will be: finish their novel, send out some queries, tackle the revise-and-resubmit letter from an agent, join a critique group, sign up for author head shots, attend a writer’s conference–or something along those lines.
However, when you frame it like a question it becomes painfully obvious that you don’t need permission to achieve your dreams. They’re hiding inside of you and no amount of force is going to get them to escape. Writing doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by discipline and all you have to do is change your outlook from all the worries fogging your path, to all the opportunities paving the way.
My invitation for you to write or forge ahead into publishing fearlessly isn’t a blessing you need. It’s a confirmation that if you develop a framework for your life that has no opportunity to fail then you will only succeed.
-You decide what your idea of success is.
-You decide if you’re going to set yourself up to achieve.
-You decide if you bring negativity to your dreams.
Guess what? We all doubt ourselves. And yes, we will all fail at some point, but if we weren’t afraid of failure and reminded ourselves that rejections and struggles are part of living a passionate, creative life doesn’t that already seem easier?
Q: We’re half way through 2015 (crazy, I know!) so what are you going to do in the second half of the year to lead a fearless life?
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