“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”― Arthur Ashe
In April of 2016, I made a decision that had been on my mind for weeks. It was a scary decision, as I was stepping into unknown territory. The passion for doing what I was planning gave me the extra push I needed to take a step into the unknown. It hasn’t been an easy path, but it’s definitely been worthwhile.
In April of 2016 I founded Successful Steps.
For the past few years I have enjoyed reading books about personal development, productivity, happiness, and fulfillment. There were also blogs that I read on a regular basis. Then it came to me that I should consider making my own blog. Getting my own blog was an idea that sat in the back of my mind for a long time. I was afraid to do it and knew nothing about it.
One day, I crossed paths with a former teacher of mine that I hadn’t spoken to in years. During our conversation, she told me how she had a blog, and I could just see the happiness her blog brought her and how passionate she was about her work. Then I really began to wonder: Could this be me? Could I get the same type of happiness from, and have the same passion for, sharing my message with the world?
A few days later, I signed up at WordPress. I still knew nothing about blogging, but my mind was set. Or was it?
As someone who knew nothing about making a website, there was a lot to learn. At first, like with any new adventure, it was exciting. I loved getting to experiment with the different features and see the work that I never thought would be a reality. It was a period of pride and excitement about what I was doing, yet there was still uncertainty and insecurity. What if blogging wasn’t what I imagined it to be? What if no one likes, or even finds, my work?
There were multiple phases of doubt, but every week I told myself I would publish one more post. Eventually, the uncertainty passed and I began to learn more about WordPress and blogging. I learned more about my writing style, how to do some basic coding, and I especially learned a lot about myself. Blogging isn’t what I thought it would be. As with most work, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that can be tough to realize until you do it. Yet, that was also one of the beautiful aspects of blogging; it’s not what I expected. Each day, I got to learn more about working with websites, and how to improve my blog.
I’m the first to say that I am nowhere near finished learning, nor do I intend to be. Learning is a lifelong process, and there is always room for improvement. A dream of mine was to start a blog, and I did. Sometimes, things work out in a way you would never have imagined it. What are the odds that I came along a former teacher of mine, who happened to have a blog and inspired me to start mine? Blogging hasn’t always been easy, but when you overcome challenges you grow as a person.
When working on a dream there will be doubt, fear, and uncertainty. If you don’t think you can make it happen, just take the first step. Every day tell yourself that you are going to hang in there for just a little longer. With time, the challenges, doubt, and uncertainty will all pass. Working towards your dream can be a difficult process, but the reward will be beautiful and well worth it. It’ll make you wonder why you didn’t start sooner. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. Make your dreams happen. When we work on our dreams, we are achieving success, one step at a time.
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