A Real Reason To Overcome Fear

I wish I could say that I have all the answers.

I certainly don’t.

What I do have are a hell of a lot of “been there, done that” stories that have brought me to where I am today.

And by sharing them, my hope is that you can laugh with me, cry with me, and see that we all have something to offer – even if we do have to dig really deep inside.

 

As part of my commitment to improving my own mental health I have been working my way through various journaling prompts to help with anxiety and depression, as well as overcoming fear.

No big deal, just exercises that make me dig a little deeper into my fears and anxiety than I usually want to go.

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What are you grateful for today?

Definitely not pollen, but the warmer weather is nice.

Certainly grateful that it’s almost the end of the school year and we will be at the beach in no time at all.

Gotta get to three things per the instructions, so probably something to do with it being my daughter’s birthday.

Even though it makes me sad to see her growing up so quickly, I am grateful that we were able to have such a wonderful space cats celebration with our family in honor of her birthday.

Yes, space cats!

 

Next question. What are you afraid of?

Imagine me spitting my coffee across the room because that is exactly what happened.

Seriously?

Let’s try it a different way.

What am I not afraid of?

Um, not much. Storms – I actually like those.

Being alone – literally my favorite way to be.

Annnnnd not much else.

There is no way I could write out what all I am actually afraid of because it’s literally almost everything.

Just ask my mom.

Or my husband.

Or my kids…

 

Continuing on. What has that fear kept you from doing? 

Hahhhhh.

Joke’s on me today because apparently these journal prompts are really intended to make me write a novel.

Again…literally everything.

 

Have you ever had a moment of clarity?

Where the big picture just comes out of nowhere and hits you like a ton of bricks?

Or a meteor, maybe?

 

Yeah, that’s me right now.

All of the things that I have wanted to do, and couldn’t.

All of the things I thought I would do, and didn’t.

All of the things I want so badly for my girls, but don’t embrace them myself.

 

Boldness.

Courage.

Ferocity.

 

The willingness to stand up for yourself and proudly say “this is me, take it or leave it.”

 

And you know what? I have taught them well.

Both of my girls are free spirits who know exactly what they like and what they don’t.

 

But I’m afraid that they need more from me than just encouraging words.

They need me to be an example.

 

I have spent my entire life trying my best to avoid having to face my fears. 

I fear being judged…so I try to fit in. 

I fear getting in trouble…so I follow the rules. 

I fear putting myself out there…so I miss out on some of life’s most important opportunities. 

 

Easy enough when it was just about me.

I didn’t mind missing out one bit if it also meant avoid potential failure.

But now, it’s not just about me.

It’s about the people that I could be helping and the example that I can set for my girls along the way.


As much as I like to avoid any and everything that could cause me any type of discomfort, my meteor shower of clarity today has made me realize one thing: I finally have a real reason to take the steps to overcome my fears.

Actually, I have two of them. 

And I want more than anything to make them proud.

 

Do you have a real reason for wanting to overcome your fears, or have you had a meteor shower hit you recently? I would love it if you let me know in the comments below!

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I Took The Plunge With CoSchedule And This Happened To My Blogging Workflow

Let’s talk about your blogging workflow for a minute.

How many different programs, spreadsheets, and processes are you using as part of your blogging workflow to plan and promote your blog content?

Three?  Five?  More?

I decided that I would find out, and my total was seven.

SEVEN different things I had to log into or reference in order to manage what should be ONE workflow.

Aside from the sheer ridiculousness of using seven things for my workflow (is that even a flow anymore?), the negative impact on my productivity was literally making me crazy.

Read on to find out how I solved my blogging workflow woes and how you can implement the same thing for your blog.

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Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Did you know that every time you switch tasks, it takes a toll on your productivity?

Yup – multitasking is more than just scrolling through your news feed while fixing dinner or putting on your mascara while sitting in carline.

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Check out the different things that psychologists consider to be multitasking:

  • performing two or more tasks simultaneously
  • switching back and forth from one thing to another
  • performing a number of tasks in rapid succession

I’m pretty sure that my entire day’s activities are covered by a combination of these. Whoops!

And here I was thinking I was really making strides toward more productivity by having each task in an ordered list…

Check out this quote on task switching from the APA:

“Although switch costs may be relatively small, sometimes just a few tenths of a second per switch, they can add up to large amounts when people switch repeatedly back and forth between tasks. Thus, multitasking may seem efficient on the surface but may actually take more time in the end and involve more error. Meyer has said that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40 percent of someone’s productive time.”

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What if I told you there was a way to organize all your blog + social + email workflows in ONE Place?

Too good to be true?

Nope

Way out of your price range?

Also nope.

Are you curious?

I thought so!

Meet the CoSchedule Essentials Plan 🙂

Eliminate the endless email threads, piles of sticky notes, and the dozen
and half moving pieces.
Focus on the real work of writing top-notch content
AND growing your audience.

I have been in love with the idea of using CoSchedule with my blog forever, but always thought it was way out of my price range.

So I was content to just read the CoSchedule Blog and participate in their totally awesome webinars for the time being.

At least, I was content until I got an email from them explaining how I could get the Essentials Plan AND join their referral network to reduce the monthly subscription price as much as 100%!

(a.k.a. there’s a way to get it for free…but you have to put in the work!)

Holy Cow! 

I could barely contain my excitement about finally setting up an efficient blogging workflow within just one app.

I signed up immediately and started digging into all of the amazing features.

With CoSchedule You Can Build A Seamless Workflow From Start To Finish

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You can sync all of your favorite tools and social platforms into one place, so you can focus on driving traffic to your blog (not jumping from one tool to the next).

Goodbye task switching!

CoSchedule even easily integrates with tools bloggers already use such as WordPress, Google Analytics, Evernote, Google Docs, MailChimp, Zapier, and more – so the endless logging in and out of multiple programs can be a thing of the past.

Imagine how much simpler sharing your content across multiple social media channels would be if you could schedule it out ahead of time and it just happened!

Even better, many of their features were built with bloggers and other solo marketing teams in mind, and their site is jam-packed with free tutorials, free checklists, and free webinars to help you make the most of your marketing workflow.

The video below walks you through exactly how to set up CoSchedule as a blogger, and I followed it step-by-step to be up and running in one afternoon.

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Overall, I have been thrilled to see such a big improvement in my blogging productivity since signing up for a plan with CoSchedule.

I was able to discontinue use of several other apps as a result, and without having to switch from one program to another, I can stay “in the zone” and get MUCH more accomplished!

If you still aren’t sure that it would be a good fit for you, they do offer a FREE TRIAL so you can give CoSchedule a try risk-free.

And if you want to check out some of their awesome resources designed to improve your blogging workflow and save you some serious time, be sure to visit the CoSchedule blog!