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When In Doubt, Step Forward

Written By: Patrick Ogunnaike on May 18, 2011 No Comment


As I sit down to write this post it feels like I’ve had an AHA moment.

You see I’ve been procrastinating about starting this new blog. I’ve been asking    myself questions like, what do I have to contribute? Why would anyone want to listen to what I have to  say? How can I differentiate myself from other people in the homebased business industry?

What I realized is that at times it feels like I let myself believe that I need to have everything figured out before I can even start a project. That’s when I remembered something that I’d heard before. I don’t even remember where I heard it or if these are the exact words but my thoughts were…

That all these thoughts I was having, all they serve to do is keep me from getting started. They keep me holding myself back. I was feeling like I need to have a clear vision of the direction of exactly where I wanted to go before I even started.

And that’s why I’m writing this, because I realized that I’m feeling this way then there are probably thousands of other people who are doing the exact same thing.

This isn’t a new message, if you’ve been involved in any kind of personal development you’ve probably heard it too but hearing and realizing are not the same thing.

The worst thing you can do when you feel unsure is nothing. It’s better to fail and look stupid than to do nothing.  At least when you fail and fall flat on your face, both you and others will learn from your mistakes. But doing nothing just keeps you feeling safe and chasing that feeling of safety can even be dangerous because its a false safety. It keeps you in your comfort zone, unchanged and even worse because you know that you’re not living up to your own expectations it degrades your self-esteem. And the worse you feel the less you feel like doing and so on your downward spiral continues.

So the moral of this story is when in doubt just get started. Everything becomes clearer when you just take your first steps forward.

Here are a couple of my favourite quotes

“A ship is safe it her harbor,
but that’s not what ships were meant for.”
William Shedd

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet
voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.

-Mary Anne Radmacher
To your success,

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