Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Combating Fear and Why I Almost Didn't Launch this Blog

The day had finally arrived... It was the day I decided to start the journey into the world of blogging again. But wait, where are the feelings of fear coming from? Besides going back to school for the first time in years, this was the scariest thing I had done in a while. I say that because we all have a situation where fear almost stops us from moving forward. This was slowly becoming a reality for me.   

About six years ago I started a fashion blog, but quickly ended it after 4 months because amongst other things, I feared the opinions of others. Fast forward to now and here I am 6 years later with those same thoughts looming in my head. Was I good enough, was I too old to start a blog and how will I stand out. For a week this is all I could think about as i moved closer to launching my blog. I’ve talked about starting this blog for a year to my best friend and my desire to help women of color, had ruled out any doubt or fear of what others may have thought of me. Or so I thought. With all the hard work I had put in what could have been the problem and how could I solve it before deciding to giving up completely. 

The word fear is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as an unpleasant, strong emotion caused by anticipation. I had definitely been anticipating the results of what was to come. So what could I do to combat this feelings? 

As I got closer to my launch date it hit me. Remember why I started in the first place! My mission for starting this blog (Promoting Womanhood, while inspiring women of color to live life on their terms) was a driving force for why I started this blog. Its how I’ve stayed calm when things have gotten chaotic when creating content for this platform. More importantly it’s how I’ve been able to create so much content to share with you all in the coming weeks. So it was clear that I needed to apply the same mindset here. Another way I’ve handled fear in this situation is to remember the goals I set for myself and how I planned to accomplish them. Having set different goals for what I’d like to do with this blog, gave me something to reference when fear started to creep in. 

In life we all we have situations where unpleasant emotion caused by anticipation will almost stop us from even trying. Don’t let fear win. Remember why you started and use that to drive you to push through to whatever your heart desires. As Deesha from the show Queen Sugar said, 
you either let fear stall you or you let it DRIVE YOU. Let It DRIVE YOU.

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