1. “I Don’t Know Where to Start”
Just because you don’t know where to start doesn’t mean you can’t start.
You may want to read that sentence again.
What I’m pointing to is the fact that if you feel inspired, or drawn, to do something, you can always take the next step. The only thing holding you back is a thought that you believe in.
2. “I Have Too Many Interests”
Most people are multi-passionate. We all have buckets and buckets of ideas, interests, and passions.
The problem is thinking that you have to choose the right one. Or even thinking that you can choose the right one.
Your job isn’t to predict the future, or make sure things go well. Your job is to test the idea you’re most drawn to, and see what happens.
Instead of being a seer with a crystal ball, look at yourself as an experimenter with questions.
3. “I’m Not Good Enough”
Not being good enough is a thought that you entertain.
Having the thought doesn’t make it so. If you have the thought of not being good enough, it doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough.
The same holds true when you think that you don’t have anything special to offer the world. What matters is what you feel drawn to do. What your heart calls you to do.
If you feel drawn to write, write.
If you want to paint, then paint.
You may not be the best in the world, but then again, that’s another sign to start. How are you going to learn unless you start?
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone “Today my best friend saved my life”.
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”