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Don’t Let Fear of Change Hold You Back in the New Year


When we undertake creative projects, it’s not unusual to be held back by uncertainty, fear of the unknown or other uncomfortable, negative feelings.

I want to offer some advice and encouragement for lensmasters that are having these types of experiences.

The good news is that these issues are easily dealt with – in fact just knowing that they are false beliefs can be the most powerful inspirational tools of all.




The truth: change empowers us to improve

The more we engage with our work, the higher the quality of our final product. Allowing negative beliefs or fears to prevent us from engaging with our work ultimately harms our performance. Returning to a work to adapt to the future is a powerful way to impact the quality of your work. Web content is all about relevance. While the facts and information might not change, the way we present them often needs to change to keep up with the spirit of the times. You will find that revisiting and reworking your writing from time to time will help to improve and refine your message and strengthen your confidence in your abilities as a content creator.

Build your courage to change with small steps every day

Being afraid of losing familiarity is a huge block for many people. When things change, if you’re focusing on your fear of the unknown or living in the past, you’re going to get stuck – paralyzed by your own self defeating attitude, you will hold back and do nothing – while others take off and leave you in the dust.

“I only know how to do things the way I’ve always done, if I do something new or different, I will fail!”

Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider that at one point, everything was new to you – even tying your shoelaces was a struggle. Quality writing requires hard work – it also requires adaptability and willingness to continue to take on new challenges, rather than being complacent or even worse, refusing to improve out of fear of failure.

When things change, tap into the excitement that got you started in the first place. Empower yourself with the knowledge that you have done great things in the past. Now you are being challenged to create something greater. Great writing, art, music, content – even recipes – there is nothing that practice cannot improve. When things change and you need to step up to the plate, don’t let fear hold you back. You can create something great today and something even greater tomorrow, no matter what changes are around the corner.

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  • bdkz

    Thanks Tom! Awesome post.

  • grammieo

    Heading off to the dashboard, to look around and update, change, delete or improve what’s there! Change is a good thing!

  • getmoreinfo

    Great advice, Tom. Thanks for the insight.

  • The_Kelster

    really enjoyed this :)

  • buttercake

    This is so true. Fear hold us back. but you cannot go forward unless you confront the fears. Tough cookie to swallow but I definitely learned that in 2013. Cheers to the new year!

  • Titia

    Oh you’re right on all accounts, but sometimes the holding back has nothing to do with fear or uneasyness with new things, but more with the feeling of being pushed in a direction one doesn’t want to go. If I were one of my own sheep, I would sell myself due to the fact that I won’t walk in pace. If the flock goes right, I go left. Simple as that LOL

    • Tom Maybrier

      It’s important to always go your own way. The herd mentality isn’t good for creativity.

  • LLMom27

    Great point. Thanks for the reminder.

  • LynnKK

    Thanks for the inspiration. I just started here at Squidoo and appreciate the support!

  • DaisyDixon

    This reminds me of a quote that I love, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”. -Tony Robbins. Thanks for taking the time to make such a great post, this was very inspiring!

  • marvz12345

    This is so wonderful post thanks

  • MyBellaMoxie

    Wonderful Post! Thanks.

  • ConsumerProductAlly

    Nice Post!

  • santiz

    Great advice Tom!! really enjoyed this post

  • gloria freeman

    Hi Tom thanks for the great advice.

  • nancycarol

    I’m so surprised and delighted to see this post. I guess “great minds” run on the same channel because I just did a lens mentioning how my fear of change had held me back for several months this last spring and summer. Once I figured out that I COULD adapt to change, I’ve again been able to be productive. Lack of confidence in yourself, and fear of the future, are draining and produce nothing! Thanks Tom, glad to know we have some thoughts in common! :-D

  • bestwebfinds

    Thanks for this inspiration. Read it at the right time. Have a Happy New Year

  • Merrci

    Excellent reminder! Thanks for posting this.

  • iheartmyfurryfriends

    Its funny how much we can accomplish if we overcome fear :)

    • emaf07

      Thanks for great advice and Happy new year

  • Reaching_Apex

    Great pointers for encouragement and inspiration. Will totally take your suggestions to heart, especially for blogging and weight loss.

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