There's a gap between having a brilliant idea and committing your idea to reality.
...and that gap is called gut-wrenching fear thrown together with a handful of doubt!
On the surface completing a project and getting it out there seems simple, since your inspiration gives you a lot of energy to follow your idea through. You plan what you need to do next, you make your project and you're ready to release it to the world.
At the start, your excitement outweighs reality, but that's okay because your momentum carries you through.
It's not hard work when you're interested in breaking your own barriers and putting your 'all' into something special and unique.
You're even more ecstatic because you've put your heart and soul into it and you can only imagine that when you show the wider world, it's going to receive the same joy that you're experiencing in this moment.
Once the project has been made to the best of your ability, you're ready to share it with other people.
But wait! What is that feeling in your chest or gut?
It feels almost painful. You're tensing up, gritting your teeth and maybe even starting to form beads of sweat on your forehead. What is happening!?
The plan says "come up with an idea, make the idea and post about the idea." They are all easy things! Except, emotionally, they are not.
Up until this point your inspiration was leading you and that makes all possible outcomes infinite. You still get to live in your imagination of what could happen before you post anything.
But the action of posting your project to the world guarantees you an outcome, suddenly the possibilities become finite and you begin to worry about what your outcome is going to be. How are people going to react?
The truth is this is a totally good fear to have.
It's the good kind of doubt because it's testing your awareness about what you have created. It means you care a whole lot about the work you're producing.
It means that if your ideas/project receive a poor reception, you're absolutely prepared to make it better.
Once you've been able to post about your project and gotten over that fear, you've got to stay focused on measuring the results.
Let your reaction to your results subside without criticising yourself for any negative feedback you may have received, even if that means your project received no engagement at all.
You need to be able to detach and evaluate your results for what they are, use it to fuel your inspiration once again and make your project better.
Besides, everything you do is a work in progress!
You're not alone, everyone feels this type of pain when they are about to share something with a wider audience that is special to them or something they've worked hard on.
Sometimes the very first steps in talking about a project can make you feel this fear and there are going to be more moments along your journey that are going to give you that heart thumping, boot shaking and mouth trembling fear.
The message is not to give up before you reach your final destination. Your end goal. The where you would like to be if this project was a massive success. There are going to be many of these moments along the way, and each one contributes to your growth.
Fear is always going to be present but so is the inspiration, energy and excitement that's going to make you start up again and reach for heights that are totally awesome.
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." - Eleanor Roosevelt.
I talk more about the emotional experiences you face when you are going through the production cycle and building a business solo in my book Emmerse Yourself. For a more in-depth look into shaping up your own beliefs while you strive towards your goals, grab your copy on Amazon.
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