Do you remember where you were when you made a life changing decision? Or how you felt after you announced something to the public? This applies to me in both my career and my blogging life.
To help my career, I decided that in 2015 I am going to take the Project Management Professional test. I took a class last year held at work and I have made the decision to take the test this year. But the scary part is that I might fail. I might not pass this and I might not be able to become certified.
I almost let this fear within me keep me from even trying. I haven’t even signed up for the dang thing and I almost talked myself out of it. I know it’s not healthy to think that way, so I am testing myself by taking this test. I am studying and preparing for it and will take it probably Q3 or Q4.
Why would something like a test make me feel like I might fail? I do not test well – at all – and that is something that I have lived with for a long time, but I still have to try, right? I want to know that I spent time studying for this and succeeded. I think that is so much more important than the fear of failing. Who cares if I fail at this? I can always take it again!
I wouldn’t necessarily say this was life changing, but when I first decided to offer blog consultations, I didn’t know what to think. What if no one signed up? What if I wasn’t any good at it? What if I wasn’t giving the people who paid me money good enough feedback?
Offering those consultations was something I never thought I would eventually do. I never thought I had enough knowledge about blogging to even think about offering them.
But you know what?
I love it. I love helping other bloggers and seeing their happy faces as we chat. I love getting to spend a little bit more time understanding another blogger who I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. And I absolutely love learning. I am learning more about myself and my blog that I ever imagined. These ladies are changing me and the way I blog almost as much as I am helping them.
I am saying all of this because I took a leap and started offering consultations. I wasn’t sure what would happen once I did, but I have been so pleasantly surprised by the response. If I hadn’t taken that leap of faith, I really don’t know what blogging would look like for me.
I was so scared that I would fail at it that I almost didn’t even try. I almost didn’t set up that Passionfruit box because I was so nervous about the potential turn out or if I would even be worthy to others. And I have found that I am worthy and I am helping people. Getting a second set of eyes on your blog is so important.
I want to know that just because I may or may not have failed at something, that I tried. I want to remember the feeling of setting a goal and achieving it. I want to never look back and regret anything.
And if I failed, I learned something damn good along the way. I learned that trying is the most important thing and that just because you fail a test or offering consultations doesn’t mean you failed at life.
Failing is all about learning from your mistakes and getting back up!