Religion and Politics. Two subjects I DO NOT discuss online. But, I am bending my rules just a bit today and I hope you’ll stay with me.
Today, many Christian denominations observe Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, which is the six-week period prior to Easter. During this time, many faithful take to fasting and/or giving up of certain luxuries as a form of penitence.
Outside of the religious practices, many also use this time to ‘give up’ other things in their life that they may see as a vice, habit, or barrier to prosperity or a better lifestyle. In the past, I’ve given up pop, sweets, swearing, and being lazy when it comes to exercise. I mean, come on, it’s only 40 days, right?
But have you ever ‘given up’ something for Lent, just to find out that after 40 days you really don’t miss it? It’s quite liberating isn’t it? And I bet you felt that your life was better off without it.
(Ok, here comes the segue…)
The start of the Lenten season got me to thinking about those things in my voiceover journey that I would like to ‘give up’ for at least the next 40 days…and beyond, and perhaps you may have the same feelings about:
Oh yes, it’s time to ‘give up’…
…Complacency, which is defined as a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to make them better. How many of us complain every day about ‘how things are’ or ‘how we wish things would be better’, yet we take NO ACTION to make it happen? I know I’m guilty of this more often than not. And why do we become complacent? Because, despite the desire to change things, we are scared to get out of our comfort zone, which would cause…
…Fear, which is defined as being afraid of someone or something, or an expectation or worry about something bad or unpleasant. Fear is a paralyzing emotion. Understandably, why would you want to do something that you’re scared of, or that my be unpleasant? Conquering fear takes a ton of confidence and desire, which can’t happen if you are full of…
…Self-Doubt, which is defined as a lack of confidence in one’s own abilities to achieve success. (I made that definition up myself). Self-doubt is that little voice inside your head that is always negative and shooting down your ideas or desires to change things for the good. I don’t know about you, but I hate that little voice!
If you put these three road-blocks to your success together, it goes like this:
I wish I was doing better in my voiceover business, but I’m scared that I might fail at trying something new because I’m just not sure I’m good enough.
(oops, there’s goes my giving up of swearing for the season)
It is time to put these negative emotions aside. It’s time, over the next 40 days to TAKE ACTION, WITHOUT FEAR OF FAILURE, AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!
Don’t take 40 days to ‘figure it out’, then start. Just start NOW! Sit down and make a list of things you’ve been wanting to do, or know you should do, or perhaps you’ve had a crazy idea that you think will work, but your inner-voice poo-pooed it and you’ve blown it off.
It’s time to take the steps necessary to do at least ONE thing on your list!
My guess is that once you do something that is a success and gives you a feeling of accomplishment, you’ll like that feeling MUCH better than being complacent, stuck, wanting, fearful, and doubting your own ability.
YOU ARE GOOD and AND DESTINED FOR SUCCESS… you just need to remind yourself more often.
Whether it’s your religious belief, or not, how about using this Lenten season of 40 days in your voiceover business to…
‘GIVE UP’ – GIVING UP!