A powerful question to get your rear in gear and DO that thing you fear

Making myself visible has been a tricky issue for me since the day I started my business.

If it were possible to build and grow a business without ever talking to anyone and not going out there (for real or virtually), that would definitely have been my choice.

It’s actually exactly what I did in the first 2 years of my business.

Which taught me something pretty obvious:

If people don’t know who you are and what you do, you’re not getting enough clients.

Reluctantly I learned to make myself visible, but to say I liked it…


A lot has changed since those early years. And I don’t have a problem with visibility anymore.

But not being visible and flying under the radar has been my default behavior for soooo long, that I still wasn’t visible enough.

(That is, if I’m serious about achieving the big dreams I have for my business. Which I am.)

So I committed to greater visibility last week, and decided to start that very same day by creating a Periscope broadcast.

I made that decision at noon.

I still hadn’t done it at 6PM. (My bathroom is super clean now, though. And my inbox is empty.)

And then I totally HAD it with myself and my stupid procrastinating that costs SOOOO much more energy than just DOING it.

I grabbed my phone and DID it: I created a quick Periscope broadcast.

This is the powerful question that helped me shift my energy, stop bullshitting around and just DO it already:

First I stopped asking myself ‘why am I not doing it?!’

That question brings down your energy, deletes all joy from your very existence, and puts a spotlight on all your doubts and fears.

Which makes you feel worse.

And then you keep thinking why you’re not doing it and you’re still not doing it and then you get mad at yourself for not doing it.

Which feels even worser. (Not sure that’s a word. But you know what I mean.)

So I asked myself this question instead:

What if I just DID it?!

Now THAT was the magic question that shifted my entire energy.

I know. Pretty obvious when you think about it.

But when you’re in the middle of a whiny why-am-I-not-DOOOOOING-it? mood, you totally forget about this.

Try it for yourself next time you’re wondering why you’re not doing something that’s important to you.

Or ask yourself this question right here, right now. I bet there’s something you’ve been wanting to do for a while now.

What if you just DID it?


© 2015 Brigitte van Tuijl


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