Storytelling can be scary for some people. I started writing for the masses nearly 20 years ago when I took a job with the student newspaper. After college, I jumped in the world of magazines and then went off to try my hand as a freelance writer.
It wasn’t until I started writing personal essays for The Huffington Post in 2014 that I had to stop and ask myself if I was ready for my personal stories to be told.
I wasn’t afraid of sharing personal stories. However, the mental and emotional work it takes to prepare for a super personal piece to be read by thousands is different than let’s say sharing an interview about a celebrity, which I’ve done countless times in 20 years.
The fear of sharing, starting and writing can be paralyzing for some. I work with entrepreneurs to help them heal stories, soulfully share stories and most importantly, get ready for the reaction to their stories. We address the fear or starting, the fear of sharing and the fear of rejection within our work together.
If you’re too afraid to share your stories because you don’t want to face rejection, follow these steps.
1. Ask yourself what you’re really afraid of and write down what comes to you. Tell a trusted coach in your life what you’re worried about and ask that person to help you address your fear.
2. Get into a supportive groove. Do something super supportive for your overall wellbeing. Meditate/pray/exercise and clear your mind EVERY DAY as you’re creating. And when your story goes live for the world, be sure to get in your groove BEFORE you read it online or in print.
3. Focus on your goals. Remind yourself of the journey you’re on by creating a vision board. Cut out pictures of where you see yourself next year and place your vision board near your work station. It’s helpful to create healthy mantras that in alignment with your vision board and remind yourself of your mantra when you face rejection.
Those three steps should help you get your energy moving in the right direction!