My blogging friend Keith recently wrote a great post about change called “If you do what you’ve always done . . .” on his blog Musings of an Unapologetic Dreamer.
In the post, he ponders the quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
This resonated with me because I want to make some positive changes in my life, and my tendency is to think about them and wait for them to happen to me.
As Keith says in his blog post, “if you want something different, you need to do something different.”
I want to do something different. I want to start my own business. I want to start a freelance editing business.
Just telling you that is kind of scary. But the real fear has come as I’ve gotten deeper into planning.
Many people have fears when they consider starting a business. They worry about being able to get clients or customers. They worry about being able to make money. They wonder if they have what it takes to be successful.
My biggest fears are connected to my OCD.
I have OCD about reading and writing. When the reading OCD is active, I have a hard time reading a passage without compulsively rereading it. When the writing OCD is active, I may write and rewrite, worrying about whether the correct meaning is being conveyed with my words.
Would having OCD make it impossible for me to be a successful freelance editor? Would I get so bogged down with OCD that I wouldn’t be able to perform the job?
I could physically feel the fear Sunday afternoon as I read about starting a business. My heartbeat quickened. I felt nauseated. I felt a sense of foreboding.
But I also recognized what was happening. I thought about all the times I’ve been excited about making a change, then let fear stop me. I thought about how I want my life to be different, a life lived according to my priorities and values.
I thought about how I want to do something different.
I have OCD. And I have generalized anxiety disorder and depression. But I’m also being treated for them. I’ve learned ways to manage them. I’m so much better than I used to be, and I have every hope that improvement will continue.
The fears I’m feeling are understandable. They are not an excuse to stop my plans.
I didn’t intend to write a post about freelancing yet. But I decided to tell you what I was planning and what I feared. Being open with you about my fears helps me push them back. It makes it easier for me to take the next step in putting together a business.
So more news to come. Stay tuned!
When have you had to push past fear to accomplish something important to you? How did you do it?