Fear is a Four-Letter Word

What are you afraid of?

What stops you from trying?

I’m going to take a chance here and share with you my fear. My fear of failure. My fear of no one showing up, no one listening, no one paying attention. My fear is not about my ability – I know what I have to offer. I know my expertise. I know that my style sings beyond the clouds and I can change a person’s life if they’ll let me.

So what am I afraid of?

(Whisper) I’m afraid of no one showing up.

To Halifax (my writer’s retreat has spaces open – what’s stopping YOU from taking one? I’ll extend a special discount to people who read my blog – just email me and I’ll take care of you).

To my Parenting seminars. I had a great turnout for my first New York one but the sunny Saturday won over my workshop this past weekend.

I’ve got a following, yes, and dozens are eagerly reading my novel with great initial feedback. So what does it take to show up in the flesh?

I don’t have an answer so you tell me your theory, please. What does it take to come to an event, to show up at a retreat, to attend a workshop? What is the barrier and what is the solution?

There, I’ve said it. I’ve thrown honesty into the wind and it didn’t boomerang back at me. I dare everyone today, this day, to do something painfully, strikingly honest – and tell me how it goes. Are you rewarded for vulnerability or punished?

I sure hope I know the answer to that one.

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