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The Fear of Getting Started

The Year of Praise project is getting started in less than a month. Once the first song gets released on the podcast in a few weeks (Sunday, January 3rd, 2016, to be exact), there’s no looking back. And, to be completely and utterly transparent, I’m scared to death.

My mind has been wandering through the “What if…” fields since making the project public.

What if I can’t finish a song? What if the songs are horrible? What if nobody listens? What if everybody listens? What if there’s any number of technical glitches that I don’t know how to fix and I lose everything? What if…What if…What if…

The fear of getting started is real – even if it’s foolish. Really, what’s the worst that could happen in any of these scenarios? They’re minor hiccups and the potential for a bruised ego. That’s about it. Still, I’ve let many potential projects die a slow death while worrying about the implications of actually starting.

Stepping into the unknown is scary, but every day is unknown. None of us has a clue what the next second will bring, let alone the next month or year. We could spend all our time worried that something could happen, or we could recognize each moment for the gift that it is and attempt to impact the world in a positive way before that moment is gone.

This kind of mentality helps refocus my mind on different “What if” questions.

What if someone needs to hear this song? What if one lyric improves someone’s day? What if one person’s life is changed?

Is my fear gone? No. But these “What if” questions help me power through or “dance with the fear” as Seth Godin so eloquently puts it.

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