When I started this blog I was legitimately terrified of sharing it with the world. In fact, I had my site up and going for almost two months before I actually got the nerve to share it with anyone! I was scared of rejection, scared of not doing it perfectly, scared of looking like I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m going to be honest and say that my heart still skips a beat every time I hit publish on a post, but slowly, I’m learning to believe in myself and where I’m at in my process. I’m choosing to embrace the mistakes I’ve made and the ones I’ll inevitably make in the future.
I think we do that in a lot of situations though—we feel “called” to do something, whether that be start a blog, write a book, start a ministry, open a business, or begin a weight loss journey, we don’t want people to see us struggling in the journey on the way there. Think about going on a hike, does anyone post pictures as they’re sweating and out of breath on the way up or do they regain composure once they get to the top, fake laugh and pose for some candid photos with the view in the background? We want to get there in secret, struggle unseen, and then have a big reveal and show the world how far we’ve come once we get to the top.
But my goodness, isn’t the most beautiful part the journey there? I mean really, the view from the “top” is great, but if there was no struggle to get there, why would the top even be special?
I want to encourage you today to go after whatever that “calling” is—to start the journey to the top of the mountain.
At a concert in Nashville, John Mayer paid tribute to Glen Campbell by playing Gentle On My Mind. Before starting he said this, “I’m going to play this song with more love than precision, because whether I play it right or wrong, I’d rather have played it.”
I LOVE THIS. Glen Campbell was one of John Mayer’s idols and this was his favorite song. He didn’t have a lot of time to practice the song before the show and I’m sure he missed a few notes, but he jumped in. He decided to choose to embrace any possible mistake he could make in light of the possible impact it could have.
So let’s be like John Mayer. Let’s choose to dive in and do the thing that has been tugging at our heart for so long, but we’ve been scared of not doing perfectly. The first step is always to believe in yourself. Whether that’s believing your abilities right now or believing in the potential you hold.
Women who invest in themselves go further. Women who invest in each other go further. Let’s invest in ourselves and each other.