Pick up your staff

How would your life change if you broke free from anything that held you back from using what's in your hand to create something new today?

To write this blog post I took a break from searching through numerous small business sites, marketing gurus, and my Amazon.com wishlist, because I thought this would be a great time to talk about what's in my hand. 

Since my first taste of the stage at 8 years old in the school play (my mom directed it and squeezed me into a non-speaking role, at the teddy-bear picnic) I have had an itch to be on stage in front of people. I believe I'm good at a lot of things, but the thing I'm most passionate about is being in front of people and inspiring change through public speaking.  As a mentor of mine says, this is the place where I feel my 'wings are fully stretched', like an eagle soaring in the open skies - it's what I'm made to do, it is what's in my hand.  

So I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how to turn this passion into a project and I just want to quit. I want to stop. I want to shut this all down and find a steady-paycheck-job.  Why? Because I'm just so afraid.

Remember back to Exodus 4, when God asked Moses, "What's in your hand?"

He asked Moses to get help him see, to remind him who he was made to be...a shepherd. In Moses' time of deep fear and lack of vision God reminded him about the essence of his character.  

When you know who you are, you will find the energy to do what you're made to do. 

Today, how would your life change if you let go of the ropes and chains that are holding you back from pursuing your passion?  

What if you silenced that voice of self-doubt saying you are no good at this and you just started writing, or painting, or banging on the drums again?  

What do you picture if you're life was centered around that thing?  Are you happy, fulfilled, wealthy, changing others? 

As for me, I'm scared. 

I'm scared of posting this, I'm scared of turning to Evernote after this and trying to write another chapter of my book, I'm scared of my practice Podcast interviews I'm doing this week, I'm scared most of all to start to do the work necessary to build a speaking business, I'm so afraid to use what is in my hand.  

Can you relate?  

So, I'll make a deal with you, I'm going to move forward anyway.  I'm doing the work I need to do today, I'm spending time trying to focus on new ideas, I'm writing just to get my mind in the rhythm of creating, I'm inviting other people into all of these areas, and I'm taking the first steps to building a speaking career.  Will you move forward too? Pick up that thing you're passionate about and do something with it.  Pick up your staff.

Exodus 4:17 But take this staff in your hand...

What are you working on?

What do you want to do today, but for some reason you keep telling yourself not to start?

Comment below, let's do this together.