How to Stop Fear From Robbing You of What You Were Made to Do
On Nov 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM I received an email from Sara, Vice President and Director of Content Strategies with Avanoo. She wrote: "I saw your website and your work seems perfectly aligned with Programs on OUR website that our community has been ASKING for."
I was intrigued. A conference call was arranged with Daniel, Co-Founder of Avanoo. We had a delightful conversation. He asked me GREAT questions. But after our talk, I began questioning whether I could generate enough content for the required 30 stories. And I later voiced my concern via email to Daniel.
That call led to a final chat with Prosper, engineer and chief Noo editor. A Noo is a story laid out in the proven Avanoo format. Turns out Prosper has other impressive titles, which cannot be named, but I know them because I’m now in the Inner Circle of Trust. YEAH!
On our call, the more he talked about the detailed, required NOO structure, the more discouraged I became, because I have A.D.D. That's right. I'm an Attention Deficit Dis-Oh, is that a butterfly?" kind of guy.
And fear was telling me, "You can't be creative with all this structure. Besides, 'You don't even have enough content for 30 stories."
Just before we hung up, Prosper, hearing the discouragement in my voice, asked me, "How will you KNOW you can't do this if you don't give it a try?"
As I thought about it overnight FEAR raised its ugly head and said what fears says. So, the next morning I sent an email to Daniel, copying Prosper and Sarah, turning DOWN the invitation to be a contributing author.
Daniel replied, simply saying, "About your not having enough stories: People have thought that before and it's NEVER the case. YOU are a creative machine. You'll find the content."
And Prosper's "How will you KNOW if you don't give it a try?" question would NOT leave me alone. So, I decided to give it a go.
After submitting several stories, I received a note from Prosper, saying: "You were MADE for creating stories!"
Daniel was right. I found the content. Prosper was right. I AM made for creating Noos. And how about YOU? What are you made for? I know you were made for something special. Everyone is.
The best way and the fastest way you and I can do what is best for the team is to do what we each do best for the team. To do what we were made to do. And that part usually comes easy to me and you. And it's fun.
Now pause and breathe in (3 seconds) ... Breathe out, with a HINT of a smile. WOW. Looks GOOD on you. Y-E-A-H.
I invite you TODAY to do what you were made to do. If you don't know what it is yet, don't let fear rob you from finding it and enjoying a delightful destiny. You'll know it when you feel it.
In fact, fear may be introducing you to it right NOW. But you won't know for sure unless you face it and give it try.
Here are two things you can do to discover what you were made to do, if you don't know what it is right now.
First, send an email to family and friends with this question: What do you see as my unique ability and how do you see me using it to serve others?
Second, think of a time when you were doing something that made you feel most alive. Think of ways you can do more of THAT now while serving others.
When I did this my family and friends said, "Your unique ability is the way you share things. You're fun to listen to. And the way you share things helps us see things in new and more positive ways and feel better about who we are and what we can accomplish."
It’s true. I LOVE sharing. The more I get to share the more alive I become. And how about you? Do what makes you most alive. That is what you were made to do.
You can DO it. Now get to it. TODAY.
"Don’t let FEAR rob you of what you were made to do. Begin and watch fear step aside for you." - Tony Brigmon