Fear can talk you out of doing just about anything. Fear is a lying bastard. It plays on any insecurity and anxiety that you might have.
I distinctly remember publishing my very first novel, Ivy. I also remember getting a copy for myself because I was suddenly hit with the fear no one would buy it. And I wanted at least one sale.
Fear almost kept me from putting it out. Ivy was my first NaNoWriMo success several years ago. I didn’t think I could finish a novel. But I kept telling myself to stop doubting. I could do it.
Fear does that. It paralyzes you into not trying. If I don’t try, I can’t fail.
And it’s all a mental game.
I think in so many aspects of my life. Combating fear has often been the hardest part. I have definitely talked myself out of even attempting things.
It’s something I want to do better at in 2020.
How about you?