Working hard isn’t the problem. It’s not the long night staying up staring at the manuscript outline. Or the rocky road that leads to self-publishing, which includes creating a book cover, thinking that your writing is going nowhere, paying for your own book promotions, or the tenth round of tedious editing. Do you really want to know what the hardest part is? Getting started. Making the huge decision that tomorrow is going to shape the rest of your life. The moment you tell yourself, “This is it! I’m going to do this. I’m taking the leap.” It’s the split second realization that you’ve wasted enough time and you need to get your crap together because you can’t imagine living one more day as an ordinary person while your lifelong dream is covered in cobwebs somewhere in the recess of your heart. That’s truly the hardest, and scariest moment of all. Because accepting the fact that you’re unhappy in your current situation, that you’re not fulfilled as a human being, and that you desperately crave something that you may fail miserably at, is very uncomfortable. It’s realizing you have a choice to make and that, yes, you could totally make the wrong one.
But once you make the decision to start a business, write a book, become a boss babe/dude, and follow your calling, it’s also as if a huge weight is lifted from your shoulders. You’re free, despite the fear of failure, and once you escape your doubts, the rest of the days ahead will flow like a tiny stream searching for the ocean.
This picture was taken a year ago, on a sunny day when I was about to make the biggest decision of my life. I was going to be a published author. I was going to fulfill my calling. I was terrified and excited at the same time. A year later, and I don’t regret it one bit.
What pivotal moment changed the rest of your life? And if you haven’t made that decision yet, what’s holding you back?