I've heard from many of you recently that you're stopped in your tracks, afraid to share something you feel passionate about with the world. Or unsure of how to start. Or simply worried what people will say…
Don’t wait to serve the world with your gifts until you (or your work) appear in a way that some people deem acceptable.
Those people are never listening anyway. They are not your people. And the people who need you, they need you today and every day.
Never assume that someone who has the courage to stand before you or others in a position of service isn’t also struggling in their own way. In *our* own way. I’m speaking from personal experience here.
I don’t have it all figured out, and I have my own struggles and insecurities.
But I do this work anyway, because it’s not about me. The moment I make it about me is the moment I’d shrink down into a hole and stop doing it. It’s so much easier to not do the work.
If you’ve been paralyzed from starting to give and help others with the service of your own work, look outside of yourself. Your work needs to come from a place of deep caring and passion, but beyond that, it is not about you.
Every moment you waste not sharing it with others to help their lives become better is a moment wasted on your own ego.
Yes, I said that. Ego is what holds most people back from efforts to share their gifts and help others. I know you don’t have that in your heart or think your ego is the cause, but do some soul searching.
When it comes down to it, no one else’s measure of your contributions matters more than those who you serve. And, if you’re holding back because you’re afraid of judgement or criticism or it not being “good enough yet,” then you’re losing both for yourself and for others. Perfectionism is based in ego. Being detail oriented and wanting to make things great is not the same. Those are important qualities but perfectionism will squash your work before it sees daylight.
Go forth and serve whether you’re ready or not.
You’ll only become ready by starting.
What has been holding you back? Let me know in the comments below – I'd love to hear from you!