This week I began writing my first book proposal. The concept of this book came to me about 5 years ago but there was one reason that it’s taken me this long to get started.
In those 5 years I gave myself plenty of time to feel anxious about this project. What if what I write sucks? What if I love it but no one else does? What if I can’t get it published?
This week I realized that my fear grew in direct proportion to the amount of excuses I made. The more excuses, the more time I had to think about worst case scenarios.
I believe if I would have started when I first had the idea, I wouldn’t have been so worried about the outcome. I would have been too busy writing and finishing my first book.
In retrospect, all the times in my life that I’ve feared failure or rejection have been amplified by my inaction. The longer I sat thinking about how bad it would be if I failed, the longer I put off doing what I had to do.
Most fear is just anxiety. Anxiety is worrying about something that hasn’t happened.
It makes no sense to let the fear of something that hasn’t happened control my life. So I’ve decided to stop being anxious. This year I’m going to finish this book. No more excuses. No more fear. It’s time to be anxious for nothing.
What do you need to stop worrying about and start doing?