“And so what do you do?” goes the typical question at American gatherings.
“I work at the IRS.” That answer left me either suddenly alone as the person quickly vacated the premises to get another drink or engulfed me in a tirade of the ineptitude of the IRS as the person bombarded me with a heated diatribe against government workers.
It’s no wonder I left the auditing job. Not my cup of tea and not much fun to talk about. Fast forward to now. I love talking about what I do and people are genuinely interested and intrigued to learn about how I write and how I help others to finish their books. The facial expressions of small talkers morphed from furrowed IRS-anger brows to smiles and eyes lit up with delight.
Mine was a journey of baby steps. Turtle steps and trust. In my Joy Programs (I teach happiness too), I talk about the turtle and how to learn to be comfortable in one’s own shell. We all are born comfortable in our skin, but somewhere along the way, we let comparison and self doubt creep in.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. We don’t fail because we don’t outright pursue. We let doubt rule.
Have you ever thought, “I want to write a book”? What stopped you? Some form of doubt.
Have you stopped yourself from taking a trip? Going on a date? Ending a relationship you know isn’t right? Taking a class? Hiring a coach? Getting a new hair cut? Going for it, whatever it is?
We let doubt kill our dreams. Not anymore.
Take a baby step. One small step toward your dream. Even if you mess up, you will see that “failure” doesn’t kill you and it propels you closer to your goals and dreams. Turtle steps and trust.
I deal a lot with doubt. My job title could be Ultimate Encourager & Uplifter. I teach the nuts and bolts strategies and I delve into the doubts. The result is accomplishment. Forward momentum. Excitement. Completion.
When you are at a party and someone asks what you do, won’t it be fun to say, “I am a X and I just got back from the trip of my dreams!” or “I work at X and I just married my soulmate!” or “I do X and I just wrote my first book!”
It’s your choice, doubt or joy. What do you want more of in your daily life?
Because of my journey of trust and love, and in honor of my Prince Charming’s birthday, and in celebration of 5 years of writing this joy letter, I want to give you encouragement and uplifting, and dispel your doubts.
If you want to brainstorm your project and cast away your doubts and pursue your dream, I am giving a Buy 1 – Get 1 POWER HOUR. Use the scheduler link to grab your first appointment. You can have a chat this month and then another a bit down the road when you are farther along and new questions come up. This offer is good for the first 5 people to book!
Grab your time slot here: http://kellyepperson.com/programs/powerhour
Imagine seeing your book cover, your name, your title.
Imagine someone reading your book and being affected by your words.
Imagine the opportunities that can come your way when you are an author.
Small group program launching Sept 26! For more info, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three slots available for 1-to-1 private coaching as well.
Baby steps and trust will take you far.