“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will grow.” —Carrie Fisher
I so love this quote. We all have fears; it seems to be a condition of life. Fears about survival, fears about worth, fears about not being able to see the road ahead and thus not being able to control the path we’re on. But most, if not all, fears you can do something to address. Some you learn to overcome, others you realize aren’t important, some are valid and need to be addressed often.
For me the toughest is the little voice in my head that says, “You can’t do this. You can’t write stories that anyone will want to read.” It can be crippling if you let it, and for so many writers it does stop them from writing their stories and releasing them into the world.
That fear slowed me down for years. That awful feeling of knowing you’re in the tunnel, but unable to see any light at the other end to guide you through. Fearing that no will understand what you’re trying to say because you didn’t say it well enough.
That’s why Carrie’s quote means so much to me. When I’m struggling with a storyline, when I can’t figure out the next scene, or the next, I remember what she said and I plow through, finding my stride and the scene’s point along the way.
Whatever it is you’re trying to do, or say, or be, do it. Do it now and push through the fear until you have written or painted or crafted or have discovered yourself. Give yourself permission to follow the path that frightens you the most until you find that you no longer fear the next step, or the next bend, or the patches of shadowy doubt that threaten to suck you in.
Step by step, keep moving through the fear until the only companion you have by your side is your confidence.
May your words flow freely,
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