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How can I push past my fear and put my best work out into the world?
I’m writing to ask for some advice on procrastination. I have this awesome idea that I’d love to execute in my business, but I just can’t seem to make it happen. If I’m being honest: I’m a little scared to make it happen! This is something I’ve never done before, and I just can’t seem to shake the feeling that I’m not good enough to put it out there. What do I do? How to I break through these fears and actually get things done? Thanks for any help you can provide.
We have to feel the fear and do it anyway.
I know you’ve heard this advice a million times before, but hearing it and doing it are two very different things. And a lot of the time we aren’t even aware that we’re avoiding our work, because the insidious forces of resistance know exactly what to say and do to hold us back and keep us stuck and afraid. Congratulations! It’s like you have a personal demon who lives in your head and knows exactly which of your buttons to press to prevent you from working on your opus, whatever that might be for you! ARGH!
Here’s the good news: this is annoying, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. We can find ways to push back against these negative thoughts & behaviours that keep us from bringing our magic to those who need it most. We can get our mindset right, create a routine, cultivate mantras, hoard our compliments, and make the work as approachable as possible so we can actually move through it and get important things done.
In this Ask Steph video, I’m talking more about how we can spot resistance & procrastination in our lives (and an awesome resource for learning more about this process!). Plus, I’m sharing six of my favourite strategies for stopping resistance in its tracks and getting back to business.
How do you beat resistance?
Resistance is a sneaky beast! It’s constantly changing forms and using new techniques to try to keep us stuck and small. The fight of our creative lives is learning to spot the sneaky tricks of resistance and push back against them. Our best work and our businesses depend on it! If we don’t learn to resist the temptation to stay quiet and hidden, our work can never help those it’s meant to help in this world. Let’s do this, shall we?
Have you ever faced resistance when attempting to do your most creative work? What helps you push past the fear and put your best work out there anyways? Let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram @stephpellett. I’d love to know what helps you keep your eyes on the prize in these sticky situations!
PS. As mentioned in the video, one of the best ways to fight resistance is to join a supportive community! It helps to surround yourself with people who have your back and understand the struggle. If you’re looking for support and encouragement on your business journey, look no further than The Profoundery!