True Confession Tuesday:
Where every Tuesday: I confess.
Confession: I have no idea what I’m doing.
I launched my podcast into the world two weeks ago with no idea what I was doing. I had a microphone. I had a computer that had the program Garage Band on it. That’s it.
Here are all the things I didn’t know (and still don’t know)
- How to add music
- How to edit
- How to upload it to a hosting website
- Don’t even have a hosting website
- How to give it to iTunes
- How to create the properly sized graphic
- How to record with 2 people
- How to use Skype and record a conversation
- I’m sure I will think of a handful of other things
I also worried about a lot of things in the months between deciding to do a podcast and actually recording one.
- Will my voice sound stupid?
- Will I have enough to say?
- Is anybody going to listen?
- Does what I say matter?
- Why would I do a podcast when there are so many out there?
- How do I learn all the things I don’t know?
- Will anybody want to be interviewed on my podcast?
- Why even bother?
But my intrigue and interest and curiosity wouldn’t go away. I really wanted to do it.
Somehow months passed. I let all the above worries and unknowns stop me in my tracks and prevent me from moving forward.
One day I had enough of my own bullshit.
As with most things in life- you have to just start. You have to wake up and say “I’m going to do this even though I don’t know everything.” And even though I’m really worried about it – I am going to start anyway.
We seem to live in a world where we think we need to be perfect and be able to do things right away. Social media hasn’t help this at all. Reality tv leads us to believe people are supposed to live a certain way. We see people who have already done what we want to do. They have had their success or their “after” in a before and after.
I am often very guilty of comparing myself right now to someone who is leaps and bounds down the road. They started their business 5 years ago and I started mine 1 year ago.
The thing I remind myself of often is – you have to take action. You have to simply start.
You will also gain motivation, the more action you take.
A handful of people listened to my podcast and I got great feedback. It’s not 100’s or 1,000’s of people but I’m also not ready for that yet.
I am however, more motivated than ever to learn all the things I don’t know and make my podcast better, bigger, and I am going to grow WITH it.
Quit comparing yourself and just get started. You will gain the knowledge and the confidence as you go.
- Go for a 5 minute walk instead of trying to do 30
- Try one new vegetable instead of overhauling your whole diet
- Start a job search if you are unhappy in your current situation
- Get off social media and get an extra hour of sleep
- Ask for help!
- Use friends, family, strangers for accountability
This seems to be a theme for me and I hope it resonates with you. If you missed the confession last week –click here. It is a story about a woman who we met at Tough Mudder who showed up the next day and did the event. Instead of spending time worrying about it – she jumped right in.
The thing I try to remind myself is – what if on the other side of fear – is something amazing????
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