A few weeks ago I asked readers of ProBlogger to tell us about the fears that they’ve faced and overcome as bloggers.
The response was fantastic with some honest sharing – thanks to those who commented – your comments not only helped me prepare for a talk I was giving on the topic at our event but also helped me to overcome a fear I was facing on that very day.
My Paralysing Fear
The day I published that post I did very little else because I almost let fear grind my activity to a halt.
We were just over 3 weeks out from our ProBlogger Training Event and I was letting fear get the better of me. While I normally am able to use Fear as a motivating factor (I wrote about that here) on this particular day I was feeling quite overwhelmed.
With the event 3 weeks away I was fearful of a number of things (some were rational and some were not) including:
- that our international speakers might all be unable to fly in due to some unforeseen disaster that grounded flights out of the US
- that last minute negotiations with sponsors might fall through leaving us financially in trouble
- that a weather event would cause us to cancel our outside evening event
- that I wouldn’t have anything useful to say in my keynotes
- that we’d have some disaster with the venue or food or the staging or…. (this list went on quite long)
I actually had a much longer list than that – but I’m sure you get the picture!
I’ve felt all of these fears before in the lead up to other events – but on this particular day they all got a little too much for me and I paced around my office imagining the worst and letting my fears distract me from doing much at all.
3 Questions to Get You Moving When Fearful
Thankfully I didn’t let fear overwhelm me completely – not for too long anyway. After a day of it I decided I needed to find a way to get myself moving again.
To do so I asked myself 3 questions (questions that I actually spoke about in my opening keynote for PBEVENT):
- What is the worst thing that could happen to me?
- How would I recover if that happened?
- What is the best thing that could happen to me?
Note: these are