I’ve always thought I’d enjoy being a writer, but what to write about? The lightning bolt of inspiration that I imagine all authors receive had long eluded me until last week, when I finally hatched an idea for a story. Since then, I’ve been making notes and trying to flesh it out so that I feel like I have a place to start and a path to follow as I begin putting this down on paper.
Generally, I don’t have trouble coming up with ideas I think are marketable for inventions, businesses, websites, and so forth, but the motivation to see these ideas through to fruition has been difficult for me to muster. My tendency is to come up with an idea and then promptly talk myself out of pursuing it by reasoning that I don’t have the know-how, the resources, the time, the connections, etc. to realize it. Really, though, I just haven’t had the courage. I’ve already “written” my own story, and in it I’m an underachiever who has great ideas but simply can’t execute them.
That pattern needs to stop now. When I look at my life and realize that something isn’t working or that I’m not happy with what I’m doing, I need to make a change. No longer can I wait for life to open doors that I simply may walk through, but rather I must begin opening doors for myself. And the first door that must be unlocked is the one that leads to self-confidence and the belief that I CAN and WILL pursue my dream to write.