The past few weeks of my life have been pretty eye opening in a lot of ways. I’ve been busy. I’ve been crazy busy!! I have known for months that my schedule was about to become busier. I have been hoping for a long time to become busier, yet the thought of so many things changing in a short amount of time started to freak me out. I started to get nervous and question whether or not I was prepared for the things that were coming my way. Although it was exactly what I wished for, I questioned my ability to keep up.
Worrying and doubting your ability to do great things seems to be pretty common. People want to achieve greatness, but they tend to worry about the steps that are necessary to take in order to achieve those great things they want to accomplish. Those worries and doubts are totally natural, but they are also a waste of time.
For me, the thought of having the freedom and being trusted to do everything I’ve wanted to do for years seemed like a lot of pressure. What if things don’t go well? What if I screw up? What if I’m not prepared? What if I’m not good enough? I HATE “what if…?” thoughts. If you want to do anything at all in this world, you need to just get after it. You need to jump in and just do it. Quit wondering, quit worrying, and start doing.
A couple weeks ago, I had a moment where everything finally clicked for me. I had that “Ah ha!!” moment where I finally realized what I was doing in my life. All of the things I worried about and questioned for months finally set in. I finally realized that I had made the transition I had been worrying about. I thought I was still in the process of making that transition, but suddenly I realized that I had completed the transition. Being in the early stages of my career, I am fully aware that I am still learning. I am constantly searching for ways to improve and grow. A little over 2 weeks ago, I had a day in which I was extremely busy, and my body seemed to go into auto-pilot. If you’ve ever heard/read about people being “in the zone”, this is exactly what I experienced. My instincts kicked in, and I didn’t have to think. I knew what I was doing, and I did it.
Later that night, I had a moment where I was alone and had a chance to think back a little bit. I finally realized the very things I had questioned and doubted about myself were the things I had done that day. It wasn’t difficult. It was actually very enjoyable. It was fun. I loved every second of it. It was the moment where I realized, “I can do it. I know what I’m doing.”
For those of you who are reading this, it doesn’t matter if you’ve had this experience yet or not. You will. Whatever it is that you are doing in your life, you can do it. You are good enough. You are smart enough. Maybe you need to gain more experience. Maybe your “Ah ha” moment hasn’t come yet, but it will. If you are in a position to do great things, chances are it is because someone else has given you an opportunity to do it. Very rarely are things done entirely by oneself. We rely on others to help make things happen in most cases. If someone gives you a chance to do something, it is because you have shown them that you are capable of doing great things. You have proven to them that you have potential. If you worry or doubt yourself, you just need to see the things in yourself that someone else already sees in you. It is there, you just need to see it. Stop being so hard on yourself. You will fail from time to time. That’s life… it happens. Everyone fails at some point. The people who succeed are the ones who learn from their failures and move forward. Failure isn’t the end of the world, it’s a learning experience.
Whoever you are, whatever you do, whatever your goals may be… if you go about things the right way and keep moving forward, then you will succeed. It may take some time. Life doesn’t work out when we want it to work out. Life works out when it’s damn well ready to work out. Nothing can be forced. Just keep taking steps in the right direction, and always remember that you began your journey for a reason. Whatever that reason is, keep reminding yourself of the reasons for it. Those constant reminders will keep you motivated. Don’t let setbacks stop you from doing what you want to do. Life is short, so make it whatever you want it to be. We all have the ability to do great things in this world. Stay focused and make it happen. You can do it!!