I started my YouTube channel in 2016. It was something that I wanted to do for a long time, but I kept coming up with excuses. Nobody will watch my videos. I don’t know how to edit videos. I don’t have the equipment. There are already a lot of videos on YouTube…
This is what Steven Pressfield calls resistance. It’s what sits between the life we have and the life we want to have. It’s especially powerful when we have to do something that doesn’t yield immediate results (no instant gratification).
But then, during a cold and dark winter’s day, I finally said “screw it, let’s give it a go”. I recorded my screen, started talking and made my first video tutorial
. Was it a great video? No. But it was a starting point! I stopped making excuses and did it as best as I could.
The point I’m trying to make is that if you have a goal in life, just start. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to come along, they rarely do. Don’t make excuses for why you cannot do something.
And above all: don’t fear what others will think of you. The book The War of Art
sums it up nicely:
Be happy. So you’re taking a few blows? That’s the price for being in the arena and not on the sidelines.
Being in the arena is certainly challenging. But it’s oh so rewarding.