I had originally written this post in June, after losing all my blog content and deciding to start over. Well…it happened yet again. Hopefully this time, I’m fully backed up and will not have to start over…again.
Sometimes starting over can seem daunting. We procrastinate because we either don’t prioritize or we want to wait for the perfect circumstances: finances, location, time. But the truth is nothing is ever perfect and our desire for “perfection” is a lie we feed ourselves to hide behind our fears. Fears such as not knowing enough, not being prepared, failure, success. But the reality is, you won’t be able to overcome these without even trying. So the question is, why are we afraid of starting over, or even starting, period?
Personally, when I started blogging in 2011 I just did it. No research or extensive information. I just decided I wanted to share information, inspiration and connect with others as I grew my business, so I chose a platform and started writing and sharing. I really enjoyed it! Now, I didn’t have a calendar, schedule or system in place to keep up with what I was writing, when, how often or anything like that. I adjusted and learned as I went, and improved as I grew my audience. I was flying by the seat of my pants.
Then…my pants fell off. I let the ball drop. Life happened. I wasn’t writing as consistently. When I did, I felt I wasn’t getting it right, not reaching my audience, or sharing the right content. But of course those were my “perfectionist” thoughts creeping in on me. So I decided to rebuild. But in the course of rebuilding I lost EVERYTHING. I had worked so hard to get it all “perfect” that I missed one minor (or I guess major) detail and had to start over.
So here I am. Beginning again. And it feels good. I have no inhibitions. I’m letting go of comparison, to others & to my old self, unless it’s to see how far I’ve come. I’m letting go of perfection because getting something DONE is way better than the false idea of perfection. I am leaving bad habits (procrastination) behind. I am committed to my dreams and to doing my best today. I am going to simply keep taking the next step.
I hope that you will appreciate and enjoy this new beginning as much as I do. I look forward to growth in every way, especially in my connection with you as a reader.
Until next time,