What Scares You?
Tonight I went to the opening night of the Platform Conference that my dad Michael Hyatt is hosting. It’s all about learning how to create a platform and a tribe where people begin to relate and follow you. One of the speakers this week is author Jeff Goins. I remember when I first heard him at the Blissdom Conference (a conference for woman bloggers). One of the main questions he posed was “What Scares You?” He encouraged everyone to go home and blog about what frightens them. We’re not talking about the dark or heights, but what in your life freaks the crap out of you. Those are the things that create authenticity with your readers, that thing that makes you instantly relatable because you are being YOU. So here is goes…A Couple Confessions
Today I was gearing up for a night of networking with lots of bloggers who have very large platforms. I was (I AM) intimidated by this. I went to the mall to shop for some clothes that made me look “professional.” I feel the need to look the part. It’s the 1st time that I have bought clothes since I have lost 30 pounds in the past 4 months. I feel like a freaking rock star. However, those stores didn’t make me feel that way. It was hard to find anything that fit me, and everyone kept directing me to the back of the store for those special sizes.
Then tonight I heard something from my dad that really resonated with me:
“So many people quit right before they succeed. – Michael Hyatt”
Confession #1: Most of the time I feel like a fraud. How will people take me seriously tonight when I tell them I blog about local food, health and natural lifestyle when I still have weight too loose. Doesn’t that negate all my credibility? As I was sharing this with my husband he reminded me that it’s all about my story. It’s not where I finish, but the journey I am on that people can relate to. And it’s not about perfectionism. I’m in the thick of it, sitting in the muck. It’s not time to quit, but to keep moving one foot in front of the other and to be honest with where I am at.
Confession #2: I’m still overweight. I still eat out most nights of the week. But I have never felt better. I’m no longer stuck – but am moving. I am moving forward and change is happening. I have told several of my friends that this year has begun with this feeling of being broken wide open. I am moving past several layers of old stuff that has needed attention and healing. I am moving through blocks. I am shedding the weight literally and figuratively.
Confession #3: Change scares me! But staying where I am scares me more. My whole life is dedicated to moving forward. No stone is being left unturned. No method is being scoffed at. I’m looking at it all, and trying it all. I went to my acupunctusit today, I meditated today, I juiced this morning, I used all my essential oils, and attended a conference about building my platform. Oh yea, and went shopping (gag!).
This year, I hope to be more transparent in my writing. I hope to share what I have done to foster and create change. It’s all an experiment, and I am figuring it out along the way. But one thing is for sure: I am looking my fears straight in the eyes, challenging them and my fears are surrendering. I am a fierce woman, so 2013 hear me ROAR! I hope you will join me for the ride.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEARS? AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO FACE THEM?