How many times have you had an idea but been too afraid to act on it? Why is that? Are you afraid of failure? Are you afraid that others will not approve of your idea? Doing something new can be scary sometimes, but we shouldn’t let that fear keep us from doing something that could be amazing!
My blog for example; I put off starting a blog for over a year! I wish that I had started sooner because I absolutely LOVE blogging! But, I gave myself every excuse in the book why I should not blog, when honestly, I was really just afraid that no one would like what I have to say! (What?! Crazy, I know…since you all just LOVE me and what I have to say… 😉 )
When I finally did start my blog, you better believe I was terrified to press publish on that first post. But I did it! I did not let fear of failure or fear of being unliked stop me. I actually got more positive encouragement about my blog than I even dreamed I would!
Just yesterday, I did another thing that I have been nervous about for a while now. I opened my etsy shop, Sheila Jane Designs. When my son was 6 months old (he’s 16 months now…) I created my first handmade accessory for him. I had so much fun making it and I loved putting him in his little shoes that I made. (It helped that I got a lot of compliments when he wore them as well 😉 ). I posted a photo on my Instagram page and my friends and family encouraged me to start an etsy shop. I smiled and said that I would think about it.
Ten months later, I finally did!
No, I am not making those shoes, but I am making fun little bow ties, headbands, and pacifier clips, and you know what! I love creating those! I am excited to get photos from customers showing me my creations on their little ones. I am excited to put the bow ties on my son and show them off to friends and family. Yes, there is still a little fear in my mind that it will not be successful, but I pushed that fear out of my mind and decided to open up my shop!
So if there is anything that you have been dreaming of doing but have been afraid to do, I would say go for it! There will always be that fear of failure, but until you just do it, you will never know. The first step is to push that fear aside and to just go for it! And like I said earlier, all I can say is that I wish I had done things sooner!