As I thought about the theme for this month, two stories from my past came to mind.
1. Back in my childhood I did a Royal Conservatory of Music piano exam every other year. They were terrifying for me, but eventually I figured out a way to power through the fear. I would tell myself, “It’s only 20 minutes out of my WHOLE LIFE.” It made the experience less daunting somehow.
2. Years ago at a little country school, I got into conversation with 5 year old Ryan. He told me that one day when the bus had dropped him off at his home, there was nobody there. It scared him and he wanted to cry. “But I thought, there’s no use crying,” he said, “So I decided to sit on the step and wait.” I marveled at his thought process.
When facing fear, I do a lot of self-talk.
You can do this.
It’s a learning process and it’s okay to make mistakes.
God gifted you to write so WRITE! and let Him worry about what to do with it.
Eventually my self-talk becomes prayer talk. I tell God what’s got me worked up, ask Him for help and direction and that I would know He is present. Scripture often comes to mind that encourages me on.
I was nervous sitting down to write my first blog post for Inscribe Writers Online. After all, who am I? Why would anybody be interested in anything I had to write?
Then I read some of the other blog posts for this month and was comforted to see I wasn’t the only one. You all encouraged me. Thank you! I will use some of your comments for my self-talk next time I need to push through my fears.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own self-talk, here are a few great quotes to get you started:
“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost
“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” Judy Blume
“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.” Steven Pressfield
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” Peter Drucker
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Thomas Edison
“I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Phil. 4:13 (HCSB)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
2 Tim. 1:7 (AMP)
“As Christian writers we have no excuse for letting fear stifle the words we are called to write.” Sheila Webster