Everyone has fear(s) for something in their life. Let me start with myself. I used to fear the dark. I had fear of flying and I still fear heights!
Darkness is something I used to fear a lot. I would never walk on roads that aren’t well lit. I won’t go into a room in my house without hitting the light switch first. And I usually won’t prefer to stay alone at home – if the family goes away, I join them too
But then it happened that I had to be away from home (for the first time EVER in my life) for my Ph. D. I had to live in a separate room in one of the student hostels at the campus in Lancaster University, UK. When I came to know about it I started panicking here even before my journey. I thought it is going to be really impossible for me to stay alone in a room!
I then talked to some friends and family who knew about my fear. And they talked positive things to me about this – they didn’t just talk positive but they started explaining to me that my fear is really stupid.
I loved the advice and it gave me some strength. I then got the guts to get out there and try it out by myself. When I landed in the UK and moved on to a separate student room, I recollected what I heard from my pals here and made up my mind for the adventure lol.
In a couple of days, I was staying all by myself in a separate room; I was lying in bed alone in total darkness. I used to take after-dinner walks around the University campus. I also used to work late at night in the lab and walk (for about 15 mins) after midnight to my room.
The same thing happened with my fear of flying. I talked to my family members and friends who have already taken flights and they explained me what it will feel like to fly and why we feel things like that. They explained stuff based on science and I really got interested in trying it out.
My very first flight was really long (about 11 hours, non stop) and I did OK. After that I had taken many flights (to fly back home on vacations and attend conferences at places within Europe etc.) and I have only enjoyed my flights!
The only thing I still fear is heights and I have not taken any measures to overcome that fear. Whenever I go to hills on vacations or even very high buildings, I still won’t go close to the border lol! But I will work on it.
So what did I use/do to overcome my fears?
Two steps -
Step 1. I got advice from people who already had experience doing it. I know for sure some real human being is doing the same thing just like that, pretty easily, while I fear doing the same thing. So I asked them how they are doing it. They explained the ins and outs of it and also provided me with positive outlook. This was the most crucial first step for me.
Step 2. Secondly, with the help of the strength I gained from step 1, I decided to take myself out of my comfort zone and go out and do it myself.
And this worked.
Why am I boring you with my personal story?
Here’s the connection. Blogging fears are just the same as the fears we experience in our day today lives. And you gotta overcome them and do stuff in real life if you want to succeed with blogging.
You could use the same 2 steps I used in order to overcome them. In fact I have followed the same path and have used the two above mentioned steps to overcome my blogging fears too.
I talked to blogging pals and sought expert advice on the things I were hesitating to take action (due to fear and doubt) and then I made up my mind to do it myself.
What are your blogging fears and doubts?
I’m sure if you’re reading this post, you have blogging fears too – which is why I have created a handy short e-book where I discuss 15+1 of the most common blogging fears.
Reading this book will help you successfully complete step 1 (given above) and then all that remains is Step 2 – getting out of your comfort zone and just doing it.
The 15+1 fears/doubts I address in this book are from what I heard from my subscribers.
If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, the first email you get from me will prompt you to tell me what you’re struggling with (as shown below)
And I got these 15+1 questions/doubts repeatedly from my subscribers – so I made this short e-book.
The e-book is available for download at the PBS Library. Feel free to help yourself.
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