But do it anyway. I know.  What a freakin’ lame cliche. But let me explain.


I accepted the 21 Day Writing Challenge from Mike Dooley and Tut.com and signed up with people from around the globe in a journey against our fear. All to become a better writer. The promise was to deliver one writing prompt per day to get things started.  (Of course, the idea here is in order to beat fear and uncover creativity you must take some sort of action.  In this case, writing something.  Anything.)

The first writing prompt was “Write about a time when you were uncertain but took action anyway,” which to me meant, “Have you ever done anything that truly scared the bejeezy (that’s a word, right?) belt out of you but you went ahead and did it in full faith (and faith alone) that it would turn out okay?”


Being an “all in” kind of guy, when I got the first prompt I wrote in my newsletter about two times I did just that: when I moved to Nashville 27 years ago (my swan dive) and when I decided to learn to tap dance last month.

In both cases there was a fair amount of fear. But moving to Nashville worked out just delightfully, thank you, and I fully expect to be tap dancing my ass off before too long. Again, thank you!

So, fear. Is that all you got?

So I’m asking you what makes you too fearful to move forward and take some steps, even if they are baby steps, in the direction of whatever it is you want?

Are you afraid someone might think your song or your singing sucks?

Get over it.

Are you afraid you’re not good enough?

Get over it.

Are you afraid?

Calm down and GET OVER IT!

And go for it!

And then there’s this

Please know that I appreciate you reading my posts.  Thank you for sharing a few moments of your attention.  And if you find them useful, you’re welcome.  And if you are so inclined, let’s take nine minutes and see if I can help you be the best you that you can possibly be.

Here’s an easy first step to get you moving in the right direction.  My Twenty Questions for creatives.  Go on.  Click and get started. Have some fun with it and let’s assess where you are and what steps you should take next.

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