In my almost thirty years in life – because let’s face it, 29 is the “almost-thirty” year of life – I have been learning something about myself. I over complicate everything which keeps me from doing anything.
Being a go getter who didn’t really let fear stand in my way when I was younger, I’m trying to figure out when there was a switch that made me analyze all the possibilities for failure rather than success.
Maybe this is just something that happens to some people as they get older. They get more experiences, become more cautious, and more practical. They become an adult. The Little Prince warned me this would happen.
Sometimes I don’t like being an adult.
I’ve decided to go back to my child-like state of mind of rising to new challenges. You know that child-like mindset that says anything is possible, where there’s a will there’s a way, and I don’t care if I look like a total nerd.
When I was a kid I cared less about what others would think and more about how much fun I would have defying the odds, trying something new.
Looking back on this past week the adult in me wants to analyze all the things that I said on social media, how I feel like a “wanna be” blogger who does give-always and inspires people. I want to fix all my mistakes and be perfect. The child in me only has one thing to say… Let’s do that again!
If the adult in me had anything to say about this blog, it probably would have never happened. Why you ask? Are you ready for this? I couldn’t think of a name. That’s right. Months went by with me setting goals to write and I stopped before I ever started because I couldn’t think of a name.
And you know what, I’m still not sold on Sheila Makes Goals. It’s so boring, a little cheesy and lacks creativity. I’m sure you were thinking the same thing. It’s okay, let’s be honest, it isn’t my best idea.
After watching my eight month old son try to walk I was inspired. The child like determination he possesses blows me away. He fearlessly tries to stand on his own, to take a step, falls flat on his butt and sometimes his face, yet he gets up and does it again. There is no doubt in my mind that he will reach his goal any day now. Then, with all his might and determination, he will begin his next goal. He just does it.
I have a friend and fellow blogger, Jeff Goins, who inspires me often. I am definitely going to share more about how Jeff has influenced me later this month, but for now I want to share that I see childlike determination in him regularly. Most recently, Jeff tried an experiment to launch his own business in 48 hours. He learned how to roast his own coffee, package it, brand it and start an online coffee business all within a couple of days. He decided to do it and he did. He gave himself a time frame and it happened. People actually bought his coffee.
I decided to do something similar. My goal for June was to write and set up my blog. I gave myself two days to set up a blog, Instagram and write my first post. And I did, with the name Sheila Makes Goals. And I’m glad I did. The child in me is having so much fun chatting with my readers, sending letters in the mail and networking with other bloggers, readers and goal setters on Instagram. The adult in me is ready to take this new blog and tweak it and mold it and be constantly improving. The child is there to remind me, it’s okay if it isn’t perfect or if you fall on your butt, get up and keep going. There is so much to discover!
What’s something you have been wanting to do lately? What is keeping you from taking the next step?
Bonus question! “Sheila Makes Goals”? Keep it or ditch it? Any suggestions?