Just Try It!

I like to create lists. Lists of things “to-do”, lists of books I want “to-read” and lists of all the things I want to accomplish in life. The first two lists are rather simple to create, but the third list, my list of wanna be accomplishments, is so intimidating. Even to the creator(me).

I’m intimidated, and even a little scared, by all of the choices I feel I need to make. I can indecisive sometimes. I’m one of those people who wants to try it all. So instead of trying one thing at a time, I sometimes neglect to make a concrete decision. I walk away from my list. Not quite content with how I am spending my time, but afraid to shake things up because I feel like I don’t know where to start.

I explained this sentiment recently to Jonathan Fields, author of the amazing book and blog, Career Renegade. I met him at a book signing for The Art of Non Conformity by Chris Guillebeau.  I told him that I am interested in so many things that I just don’t know where to begin, or even end. He smiled at me and then he said: “Just do something”.  I said, “Oh.”

It was a simple answer, and probably not the one I was originally looking for, but it was one piece of advice I have decided to take.  For me, just do something has morphed into my new motto: “Just try something”.

This blog is one of things I decided to “just try”.  When I get stuck, or when I feel like my schedule is overwhelming, I flash back to the night I officially launched this blog. I didn’t have the Internet at my house, so I stayed at work until 3 a.m. writing and planning. By the end of that session I was blurry-eyed, and nodding off at my desk, but I was so excited. I was thrilled to finally do something I said I wanted to do, and I was happy because it was the first time I’ve felt passionate  about what I was writing  in a long time.

I also remind myself of the “just try something” motto when I am feeling career angst-y. You know what I am talking about. Those moments when you get so frustrated with yourself because you just don’t know what you want to do.

I never aim to portray myself as an expert of anything but my own experience( and I’m still trying to figure that out), but I do know one thing: you will never wake up in the morning and suddenly know what you want to do with the rest of your life. I truly don’t believe it will happen that way. The best thing to hope for is to wake up with an idea for a new thing to try. And when you think about it, that is way more exciting. Who wants to do the same thing for the next thirty years or so?  Even Oprah has gone through many revolutions.

The only way to know what you do, or don’t want to do, is to just try something. The best way to get unstuck is to move forward. Even if it is a baby step.  Don’t be too afraid to make mistakes. You can always try something else.  Who knows when you might stumble upon something that makes your heart soar, you mind leap, and your eyes large with wonder?

What are three things you would like to “just try?”

  1. #1 by THE DUCHESNE on November 1, 2010 - 7:00 am

    Total agreement!
    My 3 things:
    1.Travel the World
    2. Hosting a talk show
    3. Acting
    4.Radio broadcasting
    5. TV Presenting
    6. Sticking to the rules….lol….Obviously need to work onthat (you did ask for just 3),,,smile.

    • #2 by amberinnyc on November 3, 2010 - 8:01 pm

      I totally applaud you for not sticking to the rules! We have 5 out of 6 things in common :)

      • #3 by THE DUCHESNE on November 4, 2010 - 12:16 pm

        LOL…..wonder which is the odd one out…Let me guess…-you stick to the rules?

    • #4 by Torie Michelle on November 4, 2010 - 1:53 pm

      That’s a great list–all things I’d like to do, too! On a whim, I tried acting in college, and I enjoyed it. I hope to get back to it soon. Here’s a portion of my list:

      (1) Get a certificate or degree in graphic design
      (2) Open a paper goods store (stationary, cards, etc.) & start a line of T-shirts {This is really two things. I’m not so great with rules either…lol}
      (3) Move to New York
      (4) Write a collection of short stories

      Aside from number four, which is more of a ability-level issue…lol, funding is a real problem for my list. But I’d like to “just try” all of these things.

      • #5 by amberinnyc on November 4, 2010 - 1:58 pm

        Fab list!

        I love the idea of the paper goods store. I love colors, and paper! It’s a random fascination. Funding can be a damper but it’s not impossible.

        Stay tuned for a follow-up post to this!

  2. #6 by amberinnyc on November 4, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Honey, I haven’t met a rule that does stick to me! LOL I was actually thinking about #4, but I kinda wouldn’t mind doing that either!

  3. #7 by Princesstamt on January 3, 2011 - 1:49 am

    OMG! I so needed to read this! You are so inspiring, encouraging, and all that good stuff! HaHa One of these good days I am going to start my blog and get it into motion! I have over a million things i want to “Just Try”
    I want to graduate from AP, become a Pharmacist, model, travel around the world and to Brazil, take singing lessons, dance, and um yea the list goes on!

    • #8 by amberinnyc on January 3, 2011 - 11:35 am

      Thanks Tamara!

      I love hearing that you have an extensive list of things you want to “just try” and, I love knowing that you will set these in motion. Just go forth and do you!!

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