When I first started writing and publishing on a public platform, least did I know that someday, I would have a blog for myself.
One day over a conversation with my brother, he told me –
“What if the app that you are writing on shuts down someday? What will happen to your work? All that you have written will be lost.” I pondered over it and realised what he said was true. I did not have much content to publish back then which gave me a reason to procrastinate and put off the matter for a few days.
He surprised me one day by setting up a website and sending me the link to it. I could not have done it myself because I don’t know anything about it.No background at all. Even after that, I did not do anything about it for some time. The website was like an unwrapped gift waiting for me to explore.
After a few weeks, my brother asked me again –
” Why aren’t you writing anything on the website? Have you gone through it or not?”
I smiled and replied, ” I did open it but haven’t gone through it.”
“But why haven’t you gone through it ?” He asked me.
“Okay, I will check it out.” I replied.
That night, I logged in. Explored the website and learned how to upload posts and images.
It did take some time, but I did learn it.
I kept postponing the date to share my website with everyone. Why was I doing this? It was not that my articles were not read by anyone earlier. But then something was stopping me. What was it -fear? Fear of what? What are people going to say? Will they like it? Was it worth it? So many thoughts kept creeping into my mind and I conveniently kept delaying.
Every time I kept telling myself let’s do it tomorrow. There were many tomorrows accumulated and my pockets were full of these tomorrows that I could no longer carry their weight. I am not the person who puts away things. But this time, I did.
I was reading the book “THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG” by David J. Schwartz. It’s a wonderful classic book. If you haven’t read it, please do. It did give me the confidence to buckle up and take the necessary action.
When I was reading the chapter -Get the action habit, I came across these key points.
- Action cures fear.
- Do what you fear and fear disappears.
- Take action, dig in and move the spirit. Don’t wait for the spirit to move you.
- Be an “I’m starting right now” kind of person. Tomorrow, next week, and later are synonymous with failure word never.
- Don’t waste time getting ready to act. Start acting instead.
- Show that you have the ability and ambition to do so.
- Power of positive thinking.
Well, I was aware of these things. I guess we all are. But then somewhere I needed a push to get going and for me, it was this chapter. I immediately grabbed my gadget and started taking the necessary action. In a couple of days, I shared my blog and voila!! you all are reading it today.
After which, I did feel a sense of relief. The enthusiasm to write more. It feels good to know that people read what I write. Feedback ( positive or negative) gives me a chance to grow.
Now at times I do sit back and think, what was I waiting for?