Feel the Fear, But Do It Anyway!

If you are here, I am going to assume that you want to learn something new.

The good news is that it's never too late to start learning a new skill or craft. Since this is the case, you might have some hesitation about getting started and wonder how you can overcome that initial hesitation when starting something new.

Well, let me tell you: there is no better way than by taking small bites, block overcoming your fear of failure, and maintaining consistency as best as possible.

The First Step

The first step to getting started on your project is to set a goal.

What do you want to achieve?

Is there an overall vision for what the finished product will look like? If so, this is an excellent starting point for the journey ahead.

Once you've established what it is that you want to create, make sure that the task at hand is small enough that it feels achievable in one sitting—or at least within a couple of hours—and not too daunting or unattainable.

It can also be helpful if there's someone else around who can help keep the momentum going when things get tough!

Take Small Bites

  • Break the task down into small chunks.
  • Focus on one thing at a time.
  • Don't worry about the big picture yet—just focus on what you can do right now, and don't let yourself get overwhelmed by all of the things that are still left to do in order to be successful.
  • Don't worry about making it perfect; just keep moving forward until you're done with this step, then move onto the next one!
  • Don't spend too much time thinking about how long it will take or how far away from being finished you are—worrying doesn't help anyone!

Consistency is Key

Consistency is key. You won't get better if you don't practice.

You need to practice every day, and for at least 15 minutes a day.

Consistency is key to success!

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

You are afraid of failing.

You are afraid of not being good enough.

You are afraid of being judged.

You are afraid of public speaking, or making mistakes in a foreign language, or speaking badly about someone you know—or worse yet, someone who knows you.

Fear can be paralyzing and exhausting; it's no wonder we all make excuses to avoid doing things that scare us! But the truth is that if we stop trying out new things because we're afraid they'll go wrong (which they will), then our lives will never get any better than what they already are right now.

That said, there's nothing wrong with feeling nervous before taking on a new challenge—as long as you're aware of what's causing those nerves to kick in and how to handle them so that your fear doesn't get the best of you!

Get Over Your Hesitation and Start Learning

You’ve probably heard this advice before, but it bears repeating: you can't do it all at once.

There's no single solution to becoming a master of English communication (or anything else), but the first step is always to get started and figure out how you're going to move forward.

When we're afraid or intimidated by something new and unfamiliar, we tend to procrastinate until our anxiety gets so bad that we force ourselves into action—and then usually do an awful job because of all the pressure we've put on ourselves.

But if you don't let yourself be overwhelmed by fear of failure, if instead you just go ahead and learn something new (even if it's only one thing), then over time your skills will increase naturally as your confidence grows in what you've already learned and done.


It’s time to get started.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ksdsmith@gmail.com.


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