One day a fruit seller while passing through a village enters into an empty street. He stops by under a tree shadow to take some rest. Then after taking some rest and drinking water he starts dancing for himself.
While he is focused dancing, a group of street kids watch him from distance and slowly come closer, sit down quietly and don’t interrupt. When the guy ends his dance, he finds the kids sitting there. He passes them a smile. Children ask him to dance again, but he has to go.
But inside him, he promise that he would come again in the street and dance for himself (and the kids would enjoy too). He irregularly visits the street, sometime once a week, once a month and sometime even after several months.
He’s not coming back to dance because of the children’s amusement but because of himself. He knows he should be doing it regularly.
I am the fruit seller. This blog is the street. Writing is like dancing for me. You’re the kids. Hello kids! I’m in the street again.
Failing in writing has become almost norm for me.
When 2013 started, I planned to write a worthy for myself and everyone who follows my blog. But look, here we are, 70 solid days has passed and I couldn’t write that GREAT post.
I have realized that just because we haven’t time / energy / skills to execute a perfect shot we miss so many of easier but worth doing tasks. The same has been happening on my blog too. I could have written something.
It is not the case that I was all disconnected from writing, I wrote a story, 100s of emails, tweets, and hand written notes.
I get challenged by writing, almost all the time. But this is among all the good reasons I write for.
The purpose of this post is to say Hello to you, and tell that I’m okay, and I’m here again.
Trying again and again (in writing) is norm for me.
No ones care what you write. Unless you do. And you don’t care what you write, unless you practice it.
A week back I wrote my fears and emailed them to 4 of my friends. Actually we had this activity where everyone in team wrote his fears (personal + business) and shared with the whole group. I wrote few things like: I’m afraid of:
- of what I say. I feel bad, really bad when I don’t fulfil my words
- of being left alone
- being lived in very backward part of the world (but I love it)
- of my past, which has nothing not do with future
- getting insulted in public, for any mistakes which I made some three years back
- having no money
- my bad English.
- etc etc.
- publishing this post (it just came into my mind.)
Here is what I learned from this valuable and (what seemed very difficult at first, but) easy exercise.
1. Some of the fears we have are real, but at the same time the solution is so just on the opposite side of the fear. But we get frightened and do not look at fears for solutions.
2. If you have fear of something, it means you can 100% counter that fear. You posses all the tools, power and whatsoever, fear doesn’t exist without solution.
For example, I’m afraid of not having money, but at the same times. I have abilities to address this. And why I am not afraid of losing the US President election, because I am not interested. That fear is around Obama and other people who’re affiliated with Presidency.
Or you can add other example: Fear of Publishing this post once it is completed. I’m only having this fear now, today, never before. Because this is first time I’m going to write my fears and tell you about them.
3. The point is, you’re afraid when you’re THINKING to make something. Fear is good. It means you are thinking to make. But only thinking doesn’t make anything, so you need to act. And when you act, you eliminate the fear of getting started. And now you are game.
4. What seems you as your weakness, others see that as your strength. (Taught by Peter)
5. Share your fears with true friends, and they can surely help you in some means to get rid of those fears.
6. Everything what we listed as fear, is not fear anymore. It is just that old ego screaming, taking it last chances to protect status quo. (Taught be Ivana)
7. Folks at some big corporate world, list their fears and hopes about the new product or task and share with each member. This help them make the best of their abilities and at the same time, it clears minds.
8. Bonus After doing this exercise I look into my fears with a positive approach, rather than making myself sad about being poor or what ever hell. I have not yet listed my Hopes anywhere. But I shall look into making this possible too.
What you think of writing your fears, and sharing them with some friends? Have you ever done so? Do you think people should do it at companies or in start-up world? Do you believe it can help you make better use of your brain rather then pumping it with fears. I look forward to your words.
Important and more: If you have never written you fears. Even after reading this post. You’ll just get 17% of what it means to write down fears. To get the rest of 83% you need to do it yourself. Go do it.
Thank you to very good friends Peter, Stiivi and Ivana. Without them I would never know why fears exist. And what the hell it has to do with us. I hope you’ll have this fear of writing your fears. Good Luck!
– Being the first one to cross river
– Getting up in easy way
– Be present even if you are not prepared
10- regularly make a draft of your learning, in your note pad, a word file or even use your mobile’s draft folder to write down the ideas / story.
9- share any interesting thing, which happened to you and can deliver learning to others.
8- watch a movie, and then tell us what made the hero ‘A Hero‘ or/and why the movie was interesting.
7- go through your old notebooks, if there is something (I believe there are many) which can still be applied, publish them for us.
6- go through your two years old email in your sent folder.
5- take four days offline and spend time with yourself and few people who really matters.
4- watch a TED Talk.
3- get fail at something.
2- read, read, and read.
Also remember You Can Not Write a Great Blog Post Everyday, you don’t need to. But it never means you shouldn’t write.
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