Recently, I cast aside my fears and doubts and did something new. What helped me to take that leap of faith and do The Thing? Three sentences by a tennis great. Click through to find out what they are.

Three Sentences That Helped Me To Do The Thing

Last week, I did something new that I’d been thinking about since early last year. I took Storyteller Series from a text format to an audio version. This was a big deal for me because public speaking terrifies me. I’m a better writer than talker. Yet, something bigger than my fears, doubts, and insecurities kept pulling me towards my dream. What helped me to take that leap of faith and do The Thing? Three sentences by a tennis great.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ― Arthur Ashe

His wisdom, which has become my personal mantra, helped me to move beyond the safe shore where adventures rarely happen and get my feet wet. It also meant telling my fears to take a hike. Fears with names, like Criticism and Ridicule. The fear that this new format would bomb.

Maybe you, too, have a Thing that you’re working on, or an idea, or a dream burgeoning inside your heart. However, fears and doubts are hovering around you like Dementors, draining you of hope. I’d like to encourage you with these three sentences, in the hope that they will encourage you to cast aside all those thoughts and feelings that only serve to hold you back from clothing your dreams with flesh.

Three Sentences That Helped Me To Do The Thing

Start Where You Are

Start where you’re at. Discard the narrative of “One day when I’m…” The longer you delay, that fire inside you stands a greater chance of becoming ashes. Also, don’t stall your dream because you’re worried about factors, such as your age or lack of a degree, skills, or resources. There aren’t enough books to contain all the stories of persons who started a business, a movement, or some dream when their funds, abilities, and connections didn’t seem to be enough. That takes faith and courage. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” Believe in yourself and your abilities and take that first step. Otherwise, how will you level up?

Use What You Have

Recently, I cast aside my fears and doubts and did something new. What helped me to take that leap of faith and do The Thing? Three sentences by a tennis great. Click through to find out what they are.

Starting where you’re at may mean starting small. Instead of feeling dismayed, see it as a chance to exercise resourcefulness.

Use your budget camera to practise taking photos until you can afford the DSLR of your dreams. Make short films on your smartphone. Start your business in your room or garage until you can transition to a brick-and-mortar store.

You might be saying, “The spirit is willing but girl, my bank account is weak.” I feel you. The struggle is real. However, hang this deep truth on the wall of your mind and ponder it.

“There’s so much creativity in brokeness.” ― Issa Rae

Those of us who are fans of Issa Rae’s work know that she’s not only a writer and actress but also a director and producer, with a hit HBO show and two more in development. But that’s her harvest. To see the seeds of her early work, I suggest watching her YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl. Not only is it highly entertaining and relatable, it also shows what one can achieve when one pairs creativity with resourcefulness.

Do What You Can

You’ve taken that first step. Good. You’re using what’s available. Even better. Now focus on doing what you’re good at. You already know this but bear with me.

You see, what will happen is that you’re going to notice what others in your field are accomplishing. You’ll start to look at the way they create and wish that you could do the same or think that you’ll never ascend to their level. That’s a surefire way to shortcut your creativity.

Know that you have a way of using your gifts like no other. That’s your signature style. That’s your power. Your creative style is as unique as your fingerprints. So, avoid the comparison trap. You’ll never discover the breadth of your creativity if you covet that of another brother or sister. You may have only one talent but that’s all you need. Juice it to the max and watch it multiply. Give your all to it and then offer your creation to an audience that’s hungry for what you can provide.

Finally…

Start that book, blog, or business. Get that degree. Marie Forleo says that “everything is ‘figureoutable’.” I’m proving her words to be true, just like Ashe’s three sentences. Find a way. Make it happen. Do the Thing.

Recently, I cast aside my fears and doubts and did something new. What helped me to take that leap of faith and do The Thing? Three sentences by a tennis great. Click through to find out what they are.

 

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