By Ruth Barringham
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”~ Les Brown.
Building a freelance writing business can sometimes be scary because while you want to make a living doing something you love, you must also contend with fear.
- The fear that your writing isn’t as good as other peoples'.
- The fear of rejection from editors or your readers.
- The fear that, despite the fact that you’ve never done anything wrong, you’ll be called a cheat or a phoney or a liar.
I’ve been working as a full-time writer for many years now and I can tell you that it’s usually procrastination brought on by fear that holds me back sometimes.
That’s because fear can stop us from believing that we can achieve as much as we want to with our writing business. And it can also affect our finances, our relationships… our whole life.
Fear and procrastination can stop you moving forward.
But how do you rid yourself of the fear that keeps holding you back?
The simple answer is, you can’t.
Our brains are hardwired to experience fear because fear was what kept us alive when we lived in the wild and had to constantly fight for our lives.
So you can’t get rid of fear. It’s in all of us and we can’t get rid of it.
Instead, you can gain freedom by accepting the fear but not letting it hold you back.
So how exactly do you do that?
Here’s what helps me.
I decide what I want to do, whether it’s make money from article writing, freelance work or writing and publishing my next book.
Then I set out a list of step-by-step tasks I have to do to achieve my goal.
Once I have a clear set of instructions, then I detach myself from my goal and get to work on my list of tasks, taking them one at a time.
And that’s the only way I know how to work.
It’s also the same for anything you want to do.
For instance, say you want to lose weight. You might start by saying that you want to lose 30 kilos in 3 months.
But you don’t know for sure if you’ll lose an exact amount of weight in an exact amount of time.
So what you do is work out a healthy eating plan of what you’re going to be eating for the next 3 months and then you stick to it. That way you may lose 30 kilos or you may only lose 20, but you’ll definitely lose weight even though you can’t control how much you’ll lose, you can control how you’ll do it.
And having the control helps you to face the fear and charge through it.
But here’s the thing: you have to do things that scare you every single day.
But by doing this you’ll build up an intolerance to fear and you’ll achieve so many amazing things that your courage will grow…. and so will your writing business.
The question right now is, are you ready to take your writing business to the next level?
I can tell you from personal experience that pushing through fear and procrastination every day, has made my writing business grow faster than anything else. I just keep turning up for work every day and I don’t let anything hold me back.
So what scares you every day?
What is it that holds back your writing business (and your life) and stops you reaching your full potential?
Find out what it is that you consistently put off doing and ask yourself what it is that you’re afraid of?
The answer may surprise you, and it will definitely help you.
“Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them.” ~ Epictetus
“If I follow the trail of your stress, it will take me to your deepest fears, and I always believe that life is the dance between what you desire most and what you fear most.” ~ Tony Robbins