When Will You Feel Ready to Be Visible?

August 26, 2014  •  2 Comments

If you're anything like me, then the idea of going public with your work hits some big fear buttons.

Last week I shared my first article on the Huffington Post, and the moment before I hit "publish" I was nauseous with fear.

Part of me wondered if I will actually ever feel ready to share what I have to say with my writing and art.

The answer to that question is: Probably not.

If you're pushing your own boundaries and consistently challenging yourself to grow, it's likely that showing up in your work will always feel like a challenge.

It's easier to play it safe and keep it small.

So with that in mind I decided to create a video. I haven't done a video in a long time because, uhm, fear. (And I make a lot of derpy faces on camera apparently...)

But I figured that for this topic it's exactly what I needed to do - derpy faces and all.

Here I offer some tips that have helped me when I want to share bigger than I feel ready for:

Do some of these tips resonate with you? If so I would love to hear what your biggest takeaway is, and what you feel compelled to share with the world - even if you don't feel 100% ready.

Let me know in the comments below. As always, I'll be cheering you on!

Jen


Comments

Jen Kiaba Photography
Stephanie, I absolutely agree and I think you make a very apt comparison. If we wait to feel ready for big things in life, we may never "do." But developing an internal readiness to face whatever we think is holding us back can definitely help move us forward.
Stephanie Padovani(non-registered)
I agree that we're never "ready," although I'd say we can be ready to face what it takes to confront the fear.

I liken this experience to getting married or having kids. It's not something you can ever be "ready" for because you have no idea what it entails or how much it's going to ask from you. You won't know until you experience it for yourself.

In that sense, you "get ready" by doing.

Do, do not do. There is no try...or getting ready. (Thanks for that, Yoda.)
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