Updated: Dec 22, 2020
No this isn't an advert for Nike, (although if they would like to sponsor me with free creps and clothes then holla ya girl!) this is me telling you to get out of your own head and stop letting fear hold you back from doing something you may just be great at.
You know that thing that you've always kinda sorta fancied doing but the idea of starting hurts your brain because you wouldn't have a clue where to start...yeah, that thing.
Or maybe it's that thing you're reluctant to try because you're terrified what people may think or worried you may just not be very good at it.
Well, I want to tell you that despite at all that, you absolutely should do it.
"But Chloe where do I start?"
Granted it depends what the 'thing' you want to start is - but the first thing you really want to do is remove all negative or fearful thoughts you have towards it.
Remain neutral; don't expect to start it and immediately fall in love or be amazing at it straight away.
Aim to begin with a relaxed and optimistic approach, detaching yourself from any expectations
Now ask yourself "What resources do I have?"
Do you know anyone who can do it/is already doing it? If you do and you know them well enough, you could ask them how they started/how they learnt.
And if you don't? Time to get savvy!
Start with, you guessed it - Google. It probably has the answer to everything (except the meaning of life), and is a great place to start if you don't know where to start.
Begin by finding out if you need any qualifications or need to study to obtain this skill. If so, search how you would go about enrolling, the price and any necessary information you'll need to consider before you decide to commit.
If it's something that you could get a qualification for but could also self-learn from YouTube or an online course (Skillshare is great)- try that first to decide if it's really for you.
So you've found out how you're going to start, now comes the part where we tend to get cold feet or say "yeah yeah I'll start soon".
A question we tend to ask ourselves at this stage is "but what if I'm not good at it?"
What's the worst case scenario?
You're bad at it. Cool.
And where do you go from there?
Well, you either decide that although you may not be the best at it, you enjoyed it same way so you choose to persist with it with the hopes of improving (which it's kinda guaranteed if you continue to do something, inevitably you will become better at it than when you started).
Or maybe you were terrible at it and decided it really wasn't for you. No stress - at least you tried and you won't look back and wish you had.
The fear of failure or "looking stupid" holds a lot of us back from trying new things or stepping out of our comfort zone.
God forbid someone witnesses our less-than-perfect attempt, or that they may ask us "Oh what happened to that 'XYZ' you were doing?" in six months time.
My answer again...so??
I promise you are 10x more concerned about it than the people you are so scared to look like a tit in front of (and in reality you probably won't look like a tit).
Pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for even having the courage to start it, especially if you then made the mature decision that it wasn't for you. You're not a failure, I promise.
Granted theres such thing as natural ability and talent, but absolutely everyone who is highly skilled and experienced in their field had to practice and perfect it to some degree.
Greatness takes time, and we can't always expect to be great at something from the very start.
The idea of stepping into a new industry or trying our hand at something that someone is already a master of can feel pointless. How can we possibly compete? Whats the point if someone has already mastered it?
I want to let you into a secret...theres enough space for everyone. Yep - even you.
We can all create, enjoy ourselves and eat from it if we wish. Just because someone has already done it or is currently doing it, doesn't mean you can't too.
Our generation has become obsessed with the idea of "success".
Nevermind Coronavirus, "hustle culture" has become a pandemic that's causing many of us to sleep on our potential.
We are lead to believe we must work painstakingly hard at something until it births some sort of monetary return or until it can be validated with an award, a more noteworthy job title or industry recognition.
I want to remind you that you don't have to be good at something to enjoy it, and you also don't need to be earning money from it either.
There is (believe it or not) such a thing as doing things for FUN. I know. Wild.
Not everything we try our hand at has to be our next business venture or career. I mean hell, it might be! Who knows where it may take you.
However, if it's simply something you enjoy doing in your spare time, that's enough too.
So really what I'm saying is, whatever it is...just do it. You may find something you truly love.