There’s one thing that I’ve struggled with for a long time. It’s prevented me from accomplishing to much. It’s hurt me in my job.
It pops up whenever I have a good idea and want to get something great done. It pops up and tells me that I won’t do it well. It says that I’m going to fail at what I do. It tells me I’m not good enough.
This has prevented me from doing so many different incredible things.
I thought it would prevent me from failing, but it’s actually made me fail even more than I could imagine.
I’ve always wanted to make money from photography. The one reason why I haven’t is that the little self-doubt inside me tells me that there are already enough photographers and that I wouldn’t be able to bring anything new. It tells me that I’m not any better than everyone else. I wouldn’t make money. No one would like my photos. I would be a failure.
None of this is true. It’s the self-doubt voice inside me.
Last night I was reading Overlap by Sean McCabe and there was a line that just hit me like a slap in the face:
True failure is never starting at all.
Sean nailed it. By listening to my self-doubt voice, I’ve actually failed more because I’ve never even started to go anywhere. I tweeted out this quote yesterday and Sean responded to me with another gem:
You can’t steer a parked car.
Yep. So much yep. When I look at things with this viewpoint, I can see that I actually fail when I *don’t* try something new.
It’s time to stop believing my self-doubt. It’s time to start driving the car.