What are you putting off until you are “ready”? Don’t wait until you think everything is right. Sometimes just getting started is enough. There will probably never be a perfect time.
I have been thinking for years about starting my own podcast. But I always had a reason (ahem, excuse) as to why I couldn’t. I didn’t know what it would be about. Or I couldn’t imagine being able to come up with ideas for content on a weekly basis. Besides, who would want to listen?
I keep a running list of goals and having my own podcast is on it for this year, but I kept the timeframe vague. Instead, I decided to continue focusing on writing my weekly blog, if for no other reason that to get into the habit of finding my voice, coming up with content regularly and to practice writing.
One day in March, I realised that one of the podcasts I enjoy listening to only publishes new episodes on a bi-weekly basis. I started paying more attention to the episodes that other podcasts I subscribe to published. Some were short – 5 or 10 minutes, while others were longer, sometimes an hour or more. Clearly there is a lot of flexibility here as to who each person creates their shows.
I decided that I could do a bi-weekly podcast with most episodes 20 to 30 minutes in length, maybe even shorter. But I wouldn’t rule out longer shows, if the subject or guest warranted it.
This made it producing a podcast more manageable, but still wasn’t ready.
I remained worried about the content. What would I possibly talk about?
This is where asking our brains great questions came in. I asked myself “If I wanted to start a podcast, what topics could I cover?”. I promise you this works. Our brains love great questions and they love to look for the answers.
The inspiration started to come. I have a list now of ideas and possible guests that will keep me going for the next two years.
The next challenge my mind offered me was whether I would be able to sound polished and professional enough for a podcast. I enrolled in elocution lessons, but they don’t start until May.
However, a couple of weeks ago, as I set out on my morning walk with my dog, I saw that Amy Porterfield had published an episode with Jenna Kutcher on starting a podcast. Jenna is now offering a course on how to start your own podcast!
As I listened to them, I realised there was no need to wait for the elocution lessons (I was seriously not to do anything about the podcast until after the 12 weeks of lessons!). It seems incredible to me that I was actually thinking of waiting now, but that’s how my brain rolls.
Long story short, I purchased Jenna’s course and recorded my first episode that weekend.
I’ve since found an amazing woman to help me produce the podcast and we are in the processing of finalising the introduction, podcast cover, etc.
It’s so exciting and so fun. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
I don’t have a release date yet, but as soon as I do, I will share it with everyone.
Literally, this is how our brain works. It will offer us every excuse and reason as to why we can’t do something or why is not the right time. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you I didn’t catch this until right now as I write this. My mind gave me a lot of excuses as to why I couldn’t do a podcast and I bought them for the longest time.
However, it’s OK. The podcast is on its way and nothing has been lost.
If there is something that you’ve been thinking of doing but have been putting off because you think either you can’t do it or it’s just not the right time, is it possible that this is just your brain doing its thing and trying to keep you playing small? Our brain is designed to keep us safe. These days, putting ourselves out there and producing something for public consumption is seen by a threat by our brains. Nothing has gone wrong, but it’s important that we realise that this is what it is doing and we learn to manage our thoughts accordingly. This is the secret to doing and getting what we want. Sometimes the magic is just getting started!
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