Yesterday was a good day. I’m waiting for some client work to come in, so I had time to work on a personal project and put in some quality time over at the About Writing Squared forum. Plus there was some sort of issue with one subscriber who couldn’t get in. Hopefully I cleared that up for her.
Plus Anne and I had an introductory call with the forum members where we chatted, talked about what they want and what they can live without, and got to know each other. It’s great to spend time bonding with other writers.
I got my website back to where I started. Not what I wanted, but at least it’s not in Flash Hell any longer. I’m back to a static, boring site. The difference is now I know where I’m going with it and I’m on it.
I’ve often said my best ideas come from you. Today is no exception. Gabriella said something on Wednesday (twice actually – sorry about the spam filter snafu, Gabriella) that resonated. She said a woman she’d interviewed for a job the woman was pitching said this about sticking her neck out: “I already didn’t have the job, and the worst that could have happened was that I continued to not have the job. Don’t be your own worst enemy and make something not happen because you’re scared.”
What a great perspective! I don’t know about you, but that’s a freeing statement. You can’t lose what you don’t have. Likewise, asking costs nothing.
It’s another case of the what-the-hell attitude – amplified.
Sometimes we need to lay off ourselves a bit. That’s why this woman’s attitude is so intelligent. She allows herself to try and to not get caught up in the fear of failing.
Where can you apply the “it’s not my job to lose” attitude?
How would things be different if you stopped being afraid and started doing instead?
When did you jump in with both feet? What was the result?