Ever since I began this site – almost exactly a year ago – I have experienced waves of emotions pertaining to the content I am creating. One day I put out what I feel is some of my best work, and maybe in that same week I put out some of my worst.
Sometimes I will hit a stride and post consistently solid content for a week or two, and then not even log back in for a month or two.
It is confusing to me why this is the case, but I think I am starting to figure it out. Before I say anything else I want to disclaim that I know the work I put out is nowhere near spectacular, but at the same time, everything is subjective.
To me – my best work is work that is outlined ahead of time, created, revised, and then published. I will admit, I do not do this on every post. A handful of the posts on here are a case where I sit down with a thought in my head or motivation from something else I have seen, I type, I publish.
I know that doing it this way does not necessarily create my best work. It often bothers me because I really do prefer to do things right the first time, and put nothing but my best out on display. This is all a learning experience though.
A goal of mine is to one day be able to make a decent living just off of my writing, and I know that in the very beginning stages of the process – like I am in now – the content I create is not going to be as good as I want it to be. The only way to get to that point is to actually do something. Even if it isn’t great.
It is common knowledge that every greatest in the world was once a beginner. It is said that Michael Jordan even failed to make a basketball team after tryouts one year. It is said that Thomas Edison attempted the lightbulb close to 1,000 times before he was successful.
I view my writing, and this stage of my writing career, as exactly that. 1,000 god awful lightbulbs. If I stop at lightbulb #60, how will I ever reach my potential as a writer? This is where the title of this post comes in.
It is so much better to do something poorly, a handful of times, than to sit and do nothing at all. Writing a few times a week (which I need to up, by the way) is molding my style and my ability in a way that doing nothing could never. Obviously.
Something else I really want to touch on in a later article is Impostor Syndrome. Not today though.
It can be extremely difficult to stay calm when it seems like walls are closing in around you and you think everything is about to hit the fan. That is the most important time to stay calm though.
By staying calm, you keep your vibrations where they need to be for you to be open to what the universe has to give you.
If you are too high strung and anxious, the negative energy that comes with those states of being deflects, instead of accepts.
This may sound a little bit off the wall at first, but I can promise you, and tell you that from personal experience, this is exactly the case.
When you are facing a change in life, or there is an impending obstacle that you know may bring with it a little bit of difficulty, your ability to stay calm and accept the situation is what will allow you to come out on top.
Am I saying that staying calm and letting life happen will mean that only good things will happen to you? No.
We all know that there are times in life that we don’t get treated how we want to by the world around us. Just know in those times where you feel like you are being defeated, all that is happening around you is happening to set up success and happiness later.
It is all testing you and preparing you and building you up.
It may hurt in the moment, it may be scary, and it might even set you back a few steps, but what is so bad about that?
If you face something and you lose a little bit of money…guess what? There’s plenty of more days to make the money back.
Everything that happens in your life is there to teach you and prepare you for the events to come. How you handle each situation, especially the tough ones, will determine the situations that you are given in the future.
So always remember that no matter what is coming your way, to stay calm and know that all that is about to happen in your life is happening FOR you not TO you. It is all there to help you level up and help you grow, so sit back, stay calm, and let yourself grow.
A rainstorm may be frightening to a flower, and the rain may hurt and the thunder may be loud, but the flower grows more from a rainstorm than it does from a sunny day.
Now that you are this far in this post you may be asking HOW to stay calm, and if you are that is excellent.
I will tell you exactly how I do it, and I will tell you a short non-detailed story that recently happened to me that is pushing me to write this.
I have a big change in my life coming up within the next week, and I recently experienced a small bump in the road that could have potentially taken quite a bit of money out of my hands when I need it most.
The news came to me that I might be missing out on a paycheck, and instead of letting a pit develop in my stomach and some negative thoughts creep in to my head, my first thought was about how if that is the case I would be able to sell some things or pick up an extra job and make some extra money.
It wasn’t about how screwed I’ll be if I miss out on that paycheck, it was simply about opening up myself to other opportunities if needed.
I constantly told myself, and other people close to me, that I’ll be able to work it out and everything will be alright.
That is exactly what I tell myself to stay calm.
‘It’ll be alright’
And I know that sounds a little too simple to really work, but if you believe in your soul that no matter the situation, everything will workout in your favor and benefit you in the end, it really will.
Sometimes you have to trick yourself in to calmness as well. If it doesn’t come to you naturally, you have to fake it till you make it and force yourself to believe it. Tell yourself over and over that it will be alright in the end.
Let your frequency match up with what the universe has planned for you.
Slow yourself down. Slow down your thoughts and open up to what is coming to you. If you are calm and available, everything will be able to come to you much easier than if you are anxious and nervous.
But most importantly, the best way to allow all of this to happen is to quit worrying about things that are out of your control.
Like I mentioned the flower and the rainstorm, does it do any good for the flower to worry about when the rain will stop? Absolutely not.
The flower will be much better off enjoying the hydration and knowing that the water will nourish the roots and help it grow and continue to be healthy.
Sit back, let everything come to you, and let what the universe brings to you nourish your soul and help you grow, because that is exactly what it wants to do.