How to Do What You’re Afraid to Do

About to Jump

I always think watching the last episode of a TV show season will get me up off my butt. Yeah right. Don Draper is just too interesting.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man, I have been so afraid of stuff recently. And not just things that go bump in the night (talk about SCARY, I mean, what could POSSIBLY BE MAKING THAT NOISE), but more important things.

For instance:

Look, I’ll just tell you now. The next step of StuffGradsLike is to launch my online curriculum for college grads. I started writing the curriculum (me, Anthony) about 6 months ago and……yeah I haven’t touched it since. I’m terrified.

Know why? Because I used to be part of some entrepreneurship group and there was this guy who ran this huuggee blog and he’s been super successful and everyone loves him and his blog is better than mine. I mean, why bother? I dropped out of the group because they were jerks, so in addition to being afraid of not being able to compare, I also resent him! Woo!

Other things: haggling with the unemployment office and mail in claim forms. (4 terrible words to have in a row). Paying off my loans. Going for a freaking jog. I’M TERRIFIED. Not just because I haven’t jogged in weeks, but because I’m afraid of the very idea of work and failure.

A lot of people are, especially when you lose momentum. Which I have lost. Poop.

Well, after finishing my 4th episode of Mad Men in a row (that was after my nap this morning), I realized that finishing season 2 wasn’t enough to jumpstart me to get productive (not with that cliffhanger). The answer? Me. My choice. Moi. Yo!

Just like I’m finally darkening the doors of my side-project-online-curriculum-hootinany you gotta do what you’re to do. That’s the secret – there isn’t one. Nothing’s gonna get you off your ass except you.

It doesn’t matter if you know someone who appears to be more successful than you.

 

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  • Kevin

    I try to just focus on the current day. What can I do today to fulfill my purpose in life? If I start thinking about something that needs to be done over a five year period, I’ll probably be defeated mentally from the start. If I can manage to move past some of my fears today, then that’s a good start. I’ll think about tomorrow when it gets here.