Frozen. Absolutely frozen with stomach in knots and a bit of dry mouth. I have an idea - an awesome one - but of course, I’m not going to do it. I can’t!! shakes head and walks away*
But my brain won’t let go of this idea.
What’s holding me back? If I’m being honest, it’s because I’m terrified. Scared to death. Just the thought of bringing this idea to life absolutely makes my insides quake.
So, what’s the solution?? Do it. Do it anyway. Do it scared.
What???? But I’m putting myself out there. I’m baring my soul with this idea.
And that’s exactly why I should try.
have you ever experienced that moment? When the only thing holding you back from something you know you have to do is your own fear?
As many of you know, I’m a voice actor. I sometimes get asked how I fell into such an awesome industry, getting to do what I love on a daily basis. Well my fear is how I got into voiceover. I was curious about it, just poking around, doing a bit of research here and there. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. But the fear in me was growing too. All these arguments of why I shouldn’t do voiceover started popping up in my head. None of those thoughts, rationalizations, or excuses were actually true - I was just flat out afraid.
And then I stumbled across this quote
"Everything you want is on the other side of fear."
- Jack Canfield
Well, dang. That resonated. I have fear. Big fear. And I knew I had to do it.
I took a deep breath, one gigantic jump, and never looked back. Let me tell you that quote came to life for me. It is true in every sense and it continues to prove to me that the things I wanted were, indeed, on the other side of my very real, very big fears.
I wanted to love what I was doing for work. Check.
I wanted to have a more flexible schedule. Check.
I wanted to explore my creativity. Check.
I wanted to be in a community of like-minded souls. Check.
Now that I’m working in voiceover, do I still have fear? Uhhh YEAH! But I move forward anyway. And when I start to freeze, I tell myself that everything I want is on the other side.
(By the way, "everything I wanted" didn’t just magically happen. It also takes a lot of consistent and hard work.
What are you fearing right now? Will you choose to push forward and work for what you want? I would love to hear your story.