“I’ve been paralyzed with fear.
Fear of rejection. Fear of sucking. Fear of not resonating with anyone. Fear of friends judging me. Fear of it not being perfect in every way. So much fear leading to paralysis.”
-Marlene, aspiring blogger
Have you ever felt those fears? Are they holding you back from starting your blog?
They have for Brandi,
While I have researched blogging for months, and even written several posts, I have not actually STARTED the blog. Ha!
I know that I have nothing to lose by starting it, but my fear is holding me back.
I am afraid no one will read it or subscribe, I am afraid of the “trolls”, and I am afraid of doing something wrong. So, everyday that passes, is a day wasted that I should have let my blog go live that I don’t.
-Brandi, soon to be blogger
Fear is real. All of these fears are reasonable, but dwelling on them won’t get you anywhere. (I’m sure you know that)
Mel Robbins encourages,
“The difference between people who make their dreams come true and thous that don’t is just one thing: the courage to start and the discipline to keep going.”
So, how can you find the courage and discipline needed to start and build your blog?
Find your why.
I find that having a why can help motivate me to do more than I thought possible. In Start and Shine I have a lesson devoted to establishing your why. Why do you want to start a blog and what will it do for you?
Once you have that established use those thoughts to help you take action.
Because, until you do something, your dreams will never be anything more than that: Dreams.
That’s not what you want, is it?
I could use this post to talk you out of your fears, but the truth is they will probably surface again. At any point in your blogging career…
You might worry about failing.
You could be afraid to put yourself out there.
Perfectionism will haunt you and make you scared to continue.
But you just have to push through those fears and take action.
Action is the secret to getting past your fears. Find your why and commit to doing.
New and unfamiliar things are scary. Until you start doing it the “newness” isn’t going to go away. It is natural for change to threatens us and makes us nervous.
You might fail, but you might be totally awesome. Take the 50% chance to win!
Start your blog!
Here are 5 quote to help motivate you to find the courage you need to start. The majority of these quotes are from Mel Robbins’ book The 5 Second Rule. I know it sounds cheesy, but this book changed me for the better! The encouragement Mel gives is helpful and real, which is why I’ve chosen to include many of her words for you to read.
The information we read and consume can help change our mindset. My hope is that as your read these quotes, you will have a new conviction to conquer your fears of starting a blog and go for it.
“A man can only rise, conquer and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. He can only remain weak and abject and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts” – James Allen, As a man thinketh.
Quotes to spark your courage.
“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance!”-Sally Carrera, Disney-Pixar Cars 3
Study after study shows that we opt for what feels good now or feels easier rather than doing the things that we know in our hearts will make us better in the long run… You must learn how to separate what you feel from the actions that you take. Mel Robbins, The 5 Second Rule, 90
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney
The world rewards those who are courageous enough to stop waiting and start…
The person who has the courage to start, create, and put themselves and their ideas out there is the one who will win.”Mel Robbins, The 5 Second Rule, 81
There is just something incredibly empowering about knowing if you say you’re going to do something that you can count on yourself, that you don’t need to hedge your bets.”Brian Moran, The 12 Week Year,
Greatness is not achieved when the result is reached, but rather long before that, when an individual chooses to do the things that he knows he needs to do”
Brian Moran, The 12 Week Year, 57
You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
To play any game, you have to start. To win, you’ll need to keep going. If you want to make your dreams come true, get ready for the long game” Mel Robbins, The 5 Second Rule, 86
So yes, starting a blog can be scary, but you can do this! You can start your blog. I hope these quotes motivate you and help you find the courage within to start working towards your dream.
I want to help you get started and make progress towards your goal of starting a blog. Check out my course: Start and Shine and start working towards your dream of starting a blog!
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Ryan Biddulph says
Keep nudging into fear guys. Listen to Kristie. Understand; we all fear. Even island hopping pro bloggers hehehe 😉 But pros ease into fear, feel it, and do it anyway. Just start, and fears pop up for you to feel and release. Beautiful process to observe unfolding before you. But be in it to win it by starting your blog and publishing posts and creating and connecting.
David Critisia says
I loved this quote I will definitely add it to my blog on motivational posts.
Planners For You says
Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. it is really inspiring
Thank you, Kristie Hill
I have an idea of starting a blog some doubts are confusing me soi did not start still. but your written post read after I got some confidence. I will start a blog immediately.
Marlene Caraballo says
Thank you so much for the inspiration and lessons on UN-paralyzing myself. I still have some fears, but at least I’m moving forward and taking ACTION!
I’ve been looking for info on this topic for a while. I’m happy this one is so great. Keep up the excellent work.
akas ahmed says
Eve Jones says
I thought I’m the only one who feels lack of motivation after writing some blogs but your quotes reminded me that the world is too small 🙂
Loved the read, like always and feeling boosted too <3
Kristie Hill says
Glad you’re feeling boosted Eve! Yes, we all have similar fears and lack of motivation. You’re definitely not alone!
Codrut Turcanu says
I also like this quote by Henry Ford: ‘whether you think you can do it or you cannot do it, you’re right’
Kristie Hill says
That is a good one Condrut! Thank you for sharing. We need to believe in ourselves.
Sandeep Goswami says
Looking forward to start a blog. Good article. Worth sharing.
Kristie Hill says
Thank you! I’m glad you’re looking forward to starting a blog. Good luck!