Here's how I work. I decide what I'm going to do and then I do it. Now, this doesn't mean I know what I'm doing. As a matter of fact in most cases, I don't. I just get this initial rush of an idea that would move me forward in my life and I go for it. I have been working on this book, The Simple Guide to Now for several years. I haven't quite known what I was going to do with it, and so it has sat around just waiting for me to make a move. Yesterday, given an open 10 minutes in my day, I asked myself the question, "What can I do to move this book forward?" The answers comes swiftly, the next step after writing a book is to have people read the book! I searched for my image of the book I had made on Fiverr 6 months ago, slapped it onto my Facebook page and did a call out to find 5 readers. And then, I freaked out. Everything in me wanted to pull back. "It's not ready, It's not really a book, "They are going to be disappointed", "I'm acting like I'm an author when I'm not." These thoughts followed me as I received Replies on my Facebook with 'Congrats' and "I want to be a reader". And so, with a string of thoughts that continued to tell me, "Your crazy for putting yourself out there" followed by a feeling in the pit of my stomach, I sent the book to five enthusiastic volunteers.
Once I pressed send, I felt a combined sense of accomplishment and something attuned to shame/embarrassment. I had to repeatedly tell myself that I had put lots of time into this book and this book isn't me. I had to remind myself that the purpose of this book is live in the moment and that all these thoughts were of no value to me.
It is this courageous jump-without-a-net part of me that has gotten me where I am today. Once I hit FIFTY, I decided there was no time to lose, and so I gave full permission to that part of me that leaps out ahead of any part of me that holds me back because LIFE IS SHORT and I don't want to miss an opportunity to LIVE FULLY.
So, be BRAVE and ask yourself, "What is the next step to move myself, my work, my passion. Now DO IT. I Dare you!