As I mentioned last week, I’m finally releasing my ebook, Break Out of Your Box.
*Toots horn…throws glitter…gets nervous*
After overcoming the anxiety that kept me from releasing the book last year (i.e. the paralyzing need to be absolutely perfect), I’m just days away from putting my baby out into the world.
Now, there are no more excuses—I had the book professionally designed and formatted, I spread the word about it on social media, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m actually releasing a book. Eeek!
But now, I’m nervous.
As I get ready to upload the book for the world to download, the nagging question of, “what if it doesn’t live up to the hype?” keeps trying to inch it’s way into my brain.
But I rebuke it. Because those “what if…” thoughts are just another trap.
You know them well:
- What if no one will take me seriously?
- What if no one wants to hear what I have to say?
- What if I fall flat on my face?
- What if I get everybody excited, then let them down?
Yeah, that last one? That’s my hang-up.
While I could give you tons of strategies to overcome these fears–from making a pro and con list, to trying to figure out exactly what you are afraid of (uh, failing)—I will save you some time and months of procrastination.
When the “what if” questions begin to arise and attempt to derail you from your plans, acknowledge then dismiss them.
Yes, even the bravest among us deal with fear.
But those who go on to do extraordinary things know that the only way to move past their fears….is to literally move past their fears.
Auntie Oprah breaks it down:
“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” (click here to tweet this out)
And my truth is this: I worked hard on this book.
I thought about many of the questions I get asked, and I tried my best to answer them in a clear, concise manner, while inspiring others to follow their dreams.
I’ve invested time, money, and most importantly, my name, in this book and I’m proud of it.
So…fear be dammed, it’ll be here on Tuesday (unless you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you’ll have it Monday!).
It sounds very afterschool special, but if one person is helped or inspired by Break Out Of Your Box, then those weeks of writing, and months of worrying will be all worth it.