Everyday I try to push people into blogging, an effort which rarely succeeds. As I’ve thought about it more and more I’ve realized how defined some people’s “comfort zone”s are. We freely toss around “I couldn’t do that” or “That’s too difficult for me” but fairly often, we’ve never even tried.
We define barriers when we tell ourselves we can’t do something as though we’re guarding against a beast. In reality it’s like building barricades against something inanimate. Like a rock. The rock isn’t going to hurt us. In fact it will take no action unless we walked over and picked it up. The same is true for skills we want to learn.
We say “we could never paint well” and we build a wall between us and that paintbrush. There’s no reason to guard against a paint brush. When you find that you want to learn something, simply walk over and pick up the paint brush. Nothing will happen unless you go make that move. The same can be true for learning anything.
The tasks can be simple like starting to do a hobby that you’ve always wanted to do. It could be as simple as just picking up a book on the Danish language or taking a class on marketing. When you want to do that hobby or work on that project, simply pick it up and put it down as you see fit.
Nothing is too difficult to be learned, nothing is too difficult to be accomplished.
Right now I’m working on my second 365 day project. The first time I did it I failed after 20 days. Then I set that project down and picked it up again a week later. After 6 or 7 tries I went and took a picture everyday for a year. I accomplished my goal! After each time I didn’t discourage myself and focused on getting the job done. There was no reasons to build a barricade between myself and my camera – I loved my camera and that wouldn’t make any sense.
So when there’s something that you want to learn or do, take that leap and get out there! Pick up the thing that you love and realize that you may have to pick it up and set it down many times before you get where you want to be. You’re not going to start off perfect or know how to speak the entire Spanish language on your first try. Human error is inevitable!
I push blogging onto everyone I meet because almost everyone has something to say. Not that it is important to be outspoken but it forces you to look inside of yourself. Suddenly you are confronted with “what am I going to say”. Eventually you become in-tune with yourself and the words just flow out. You can speak and you know what to say.
Blogging opens the door into self-exploration. I’ve started defining things that I want to do and who I am as a person. Not that either is necessary but it gives me a direction to walk towards in my life. It shows me how I react to things and where I want to go. Before I would just stand where I was and complain that I wanted to go somewhere else. Now I’m looking in each direction and taking my steps toward it.
Start blogging! You may be a horrendous writer, worse than me (as if that’s possible!) but at least you’re getting something down. At least you’re taking steps to go somewhere. Even if you don’t know where yet. If you’re a photographer, start that 365 project you’ve always wanted to do. If you want to write a novel, make a goal and write a page everyday. If you want to travel, put a jar on your table and drop pennies in. Take those first steps forward. One day you may find yourself where you’ve always wanted to be. I hope one day this is where you find yourself, but until then start walking! 😀