Just Do It
“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” - Ryan Holiday
This last weekend, I was so nervous that I almost threw up three separate times.
A couple months ago, I accepted an offer to speak at the Mother Earth News Fair in Belton TX. When the option first became available, I jumped at the chance to teach fellow farmers how to market themselves through social media. Initially, I wasn't the slightest bit worried. I have spoken to crowds of people for most of my life, and I knew my topic inside and out.
But the closer it got to the date, the more I started second guessing myself. What if I got on stage and forgot everything I knew. What if I just didn't know as much as I thought. What if I
couldn't answer some of the questions people might ask of me, or worse, what if what I had to say was so boring no one had any questions. The day before leaving, it really started to hit me. I got so worried that I was ready to call and cancel. Some sage advice from my parents, and reading a few chapters from The Obstacle is the Way helped to remind me that no matter how scary I thought it was going to be, I could handle it.
In the end, it turned out almost as well as I could have hoped. I got on stage, told people what I knew and answered questions as clearly as I could. It wasn't perfect, but people seemed to enjoy what I had to say. Next time it will be even better.
The cool thing is, I wasn't alone feeling anxious and unprepared this weekend. When I wasn't on stage I was at our booth talking to people about the animals we raise here on the farm.
One comment that I heard over and over was, "we want to get animals someday, but we don't feel like we're ready. It's so much pressure and responsibility". Trust me on this, anyone who can successfully take care of a dog, cat, or child can care for farm animals. There is a huge amount you can learn, but getting started isn't all that hard. These people were letting their own fear and self-doubt stop them, just like I wanted to when I thought about canceling my presentation.
So, how does all of that have anything to do with Mr. Labeouf or Nike's slogan?
Don't over think it. Whether you're getting on stage to speak, starting to market your business or buying a cow. Whatever "it" is, it's not that hard. It might seem huge right now, but if you just do it, you will find that what seemed like an obstacle at first, really is the way.
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