“Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.”
Ahhh, I believe that this is one of the most important and game changing lesson I have learned thus far in my life. And even though my life has change in so many positive ways since implementing this it can often times be scary.
This quote doesn’t just apply to your friends or immediate social circle. It applies to your job, your social networking, business groups, masterminds and social activities. Where I often times find myself feeling uncomfortable or doubting my capabilities is when I put myself out there in regards to networking events, building my business and my writing.
This week in my Mastermind group our theme of the week has been “WRITE.” Basically we are encouraged every morning to write whatever it is that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter if it is good, bad or blog worthy, we are encouraged to write to clear our mind and sharpen our focus.
Maybe it was serendipitous, maybe it was the universe giving me a kick in rear, but it just so happens that the week where our theme is to WRITE I had to life events occur that will have a positive impact on my blog. First, I was invited and attended a blogger event put on by POPSUGAR and second, I was selected as a SWEAT PINK ambassador. Both of these opportunities were huge accomplishments that I worked hard for however often doubted my capabilities. Initially I was ecstatic about both opportunities but after the excitement wore off the fear and doubt set in.
For the past few months I have been struggling with my blog. I re-did my website and hit a writers block. I hesitated to write they way I used to, which was to be raw and authentic and instead tried to write what I thought people wanted to hear and I didn’t think they wanted to hear about me.
As the nerves set in before the POPSUGAR event I almost backed out. Yes. I had driven to San Francisco, battled downtown traffic, paid for parking and I almost got back in my car and drove away. But I dug deep and went to the event.
I am not going to lie, it was intimidating at first but everyone was super friendly, open, encouraging and all around awesome! Some people had been blogging for years, some just started, but all of us immediately formed a bond over a passion collectively have in common. We shared experiences and gave each other advice and what one person may be extremely knowledgeable about another person may have another special skill to offer.
One of the biggest pieces of advice a fellow blogger shared with me was to share MY STORY. She reminded me that we all have a story and our followers follow because they can relate to us. So instead of assuming what people want to read, write from the heart.
That set me at ease. If I had not attended that event I would not have met some amazing new people whom I can now contact and ask for advice or talk through some of my writing issues with. It would have held me back in many ways but I took a scary chance and I grew from it.
What area in your life (talent, skill, passion etc.) have you doubted yourself and ended up holding back? I encourage you this week to set a time in your calendar when you can actively do something in that area. Week after week schedule that time and see what happens. We all have the capability to create IMPACT.
As for my blog, I am going to continue to share my stories, adventures and lessons learned. I hope you enjoy and if there is anything you would like to hear more about, please drop me a line and don’t forget to follow me here for more inspiration, motivation and hopefully some laughs J
Wishing you A Healthy Ever After.