Hi everyone! We’ve talked a lot about stories we tell ourselves and all that negative versus positive mindset stuff lately, right? What was eye opening for ME was how terrified many people got during that exercise where I had you post why you were actually WONDERFUL.
It literally scared some people to do that.
I still read qualifiers people put into their blog post links during the challenge that put their efforts down. It’s little stuff like, “It’s not my best but…” or, “It’s not great but I got it done…”
Self-deprecation serves us well because it acts like a buffer. God forbid we encourage someone to check out our blog full of pride and excitement because then what if we let them down?
Better to send them in with low expectations so that they’ll feel we did a great job once they see it.
In my morning read of Time Warrior by Steve Chandler, Chapter 45 talks about “Producing something new and beautiful.”
Ever held a baby? You look at those little beings and it’s like they are perfection. Clean slate. No hate in them (except for a messy diaper or an empty tummy). Otherwise, they’re happy, they’re open to learning, they’re not afraid to try things, and they have potential to become anything they want in life.
Of course by the time the toddler years hit, they’ve been told “No,” a million times, steered into what they can and can’t do. They start forming beliefs about themselves. A friend of mine joked that her toddler probably thinks his first name is “Damn it” because she’s always getting onto him.
It was funny as a joke, but when you think about it, that is how self beliefs are formed, isn’t it?
I’m not saying a child should never be told, “No.” I’m not stupid.
But we do start picking up limitations to our lives. We have Dos and Don’ts that we have to adhere to. We grow up with other people’s preferences put onto us.
Chandler says that all of these external ideas and limits sidetrack us from what we’re meant to become. Now a Warrior will get back on track by fixing his or her mindset back to the clean slate of a baby – back to free thinking, limitless ideas, and the pursuit of sheer happiness.
He quotes Osho:
“Not a single person is born in the world who has not a certain capacity which will make him proud, who is not pregnant with something to produce, to give birth to something new and beautiful, to make the existence richer. There is not a single person who has come into the world empty.”
YOU have something to offer this world. In your blogs…in your products that you’re too scared to start creating…in your email autoresponders.
So now that you just found out that you’re pregnant thanks to Osho, Chandler and myself, what do you plan to give birth to?
For the blog challenge, it will be a toe curling blog post. Don’t let yourself “simply blog” and be done with it. Oh yea. Exciting.
No – remember this is the time when you dig DEEP and try hard to wow your audience with some stellar stuff. Something thought provoking. Something that makes them take action in your niche.
Give birth to an amazing blog post – if you don’t have time today – do it for Monday.
Enjoy being pregnant with a product idea. And I mean plan to give birth to a 20-pounder that makes the cover of The Enquirer, too – not one of those preemies you slap onto the market before its time. (Don’t get offended – remember, we’re talking products, not precious babies – I worship all babies).
I’ll tell you what I’m pregnant with today – TRIPLETS! Not identical, though.
I’m pregnant with:
- My 30 Day Vlog Plan course, which is shaping up to be amazing.
- My podcast series, which is growing as I learn more in PodCast Crusher.
- A Kindle Single – don’t know what it is yet, but there’s a heartbeat!
Or, if you don’t yet feel pregnant with something to offer, then be a newborn baby today. Remember what it was like to have no limits. To not feel pressure. To just explore and be amazed and seek out happiness in whatever made you crack a smile and giggle.