I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” I wasn’t privy to the actual moment she said it but I assume she was probably high at the time. That sounds like exactly the type of thing you think of when you’re high. That, and why we say our “feet fall asleep” instead of calling it “coma-toes.”
Anyway, whatever Eleanor was smoking, she was right about fear. It’s the scariest thing out there. Fear can have you making the quickest move instead of the smartest move. It can paralyze you, taking away all of your choices altogether. Fear tells you you’re not good enough. It tells you to give up and go eat an ice cream sandwich in bed.
But fear is full of shit. You can’t give it a seat at the table because it will just take up space and waste your time. You just have to know how to deal with it.
Recently, I appeared on the All Indie Writers Podcast to chat about fear and confidence with fellow independent writer, Jennifer Mattern.
– The show notes are on All Indie Writers. Check it out.
– Yes, I sound like a cartoon mouse. No, I was not aware of this before I started appearing on podcasts. No, I can’t do anything about it.
– I am a random person. In any conversation I am likely to get off topic two or three times. This podcast was no exception.
– I had no idea that sometimes people say “fake it until you make it” and they mean to lie about their experience and credentials. I think it means borrow some confidence or style until you feel you have earned it. If I’ve ever said “fake it until you make it” to you, I did not mean for you impersonate a government official to get what you want. I take no responsibility in that. You’re on your own there.
– No, I don’t know how to pronounce words. [shrugs] Deal with it.
OK, Have At It
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