The last few weeks have been full of surprises. All of a sudden, I seem to be receiving many opportunities. Opportunities that I have been wishing for, for so long. You would think that I would be blissfully happy, but my reaction has really surprised me.
Let me give you an example. I was contacted to write some articles for a company not to long ago. We went over the subject matter, length of articles and how many articles I would write. I was thrilled to get this opportunity and was beside myself with happiness for my good fortune. Then, there was a change of events that made me uncomfortable. I almost threw in the towel. I was asked to write a press release. We had not discussed a press release. I was frozen with fear.
This was a huge curve ball. I had prepared myself for writing some articles. I didn’t know the first thing about writing such a thing. I hated to give up the opportunity, but I felt that somehow I had duped this company into thinking I could do things that I had no experience with. I had to remind myself that I hadn’t reached out to this company, nor had I told them I could write something like a press release.
I decided that I would email the company and explain in more detail what my background was. I didn’t want to lose this connection, but I wanted to be straight-forward about what my experience was.
I wrote and explained that although I have written several articles, I had never written a press release. I mentioned that I would be happy to write it and was open to suggestions and editing. I got an email back with an explanation of what they were looking for and a go ahead to do it.
I researched press releases online to get an idea of the way they were set up and how they should sound. I wrote the assignment and had it back to the company in a day. I then crossed my fingers and waited. Turns out, the company was thrilled with what I wrote and I was paid within a day.
I had almost walked away. I have been realizing that I am in unfamiliar territory. My natural reaction tends to be a bit suspicious. I look for the pitfalls and a way to back out. Comfort and familiarity seem to rule over taking a leap towards what I am trying to accomplish.
I began to see such a definite pattern of turning my back on amazing possibilities that I got fed up with myself. I decided to just go for it. When things come my way, I am staying focused on my goals and pushing ahead instead of making up reasons to sabotage myself. I have had enough with not getting to the finish line. I am horrified to realize that the only reason I am not seeing massive success is because of myself.
The hell with comfort, insecurities and doubts. You live one life and I want it to be fun and adventurous. As long as I don’t see great harm coming from an offer, I am determined to take that leap of faith and just do it. Who knows what type of wonderful experiences await me.
What I know is that there have been a flood of opportunities recently. This is not an ordinary daily occurence. I need to honor what is happening and enjoy the ride. At this point I am realizing that if I turn my back on one of these opportunities, I will be left with the what if’s. I don’t want to guess at what could have been. I want to experience what is!
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