What if I don’t get any clients? What if those one hundred books I edited in years past wouldn’t cut it? In other words, what if I stink at editing now? How will people even know about me? I can’t afford advertising. I don’t know how to do my own taxes; what if I mess it up and get audited? What if nobody likes me?
Those were just a few of the things I told myself when I decided to start an editing business. I told myself I was going to fail before I even tried.
Why do we do that? Why do we fall head over heels in love with our dreams, and then freak out?
I finally had to ask myself, If I could do anything for the rest of my life, what would it be? I knew the answer. I wanted to edit and write. Once I knew that answer, I stopped telling myself I would fail—I started telling myself I’d die before I ever gave up.
Once I realized that I couldn’t live without this dream—this goal—I didn’t feel like a failure. I felt on top of the world. I felt driven to sprint after it. I had to make it happen.
We tell ourselves we will fail at our dreams because we listen to everyone else say those words. “Right, you freelance, but what’s your day job?” “So you’re not employed then?” “You have no idea what it’s like to work 8-5. It’s so hard.”
When I came up with the name Curiouser Editing for my company, nobody liked it. I mean, no one. But I didn’t care. I pushed aside the negativity and embraced success. It would’ve been so easy for me to say, “Well, you’re right. I failed again. Better give up.” Instead, I went with it. I knew the name would be perfect despite what others thought.
And to this day, I can’t imagine any other name for my company.
When we drink in any kind of negativity toward our dreams, we become negative—gasp!—about our dreams. But guess what happens when we start being positive, though?
Our dreams turn in to successes. Positivity overcomes everything. Positivity overcomes a lack of clients. Positivity overcomes a lack of tax knowledge (and so does a CPA). Positivity overcomes unsubcribers to your magazine. Positivity kicks Negative Nancys right in the jaw.
You really think people are going to keep hating on your dreams when you say things like, “I adore my job. It was my dream, and now it’s a reality”?
One thing negative people hate is positivity.
If you have a dream that you’ve been sprinting toward, then it’s time to act on it. It’s time to cure your failures with positivity. Make that dream a reality, no matter what anyone says.