Sit. Write. Publish. NOW.

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This post is inspired by 2 things:

1. This quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

2. Rewatching Little Women and remember how much I wanted to be like Jo March when I was younger.

Here’s the thing: this blog hasn’t been updated in over half a year.

Sure, I’ve been busy growing a business or two, taking on extra projects, getting married, traveling, you know…all of the regular things one does over the course of a year.

But mainly I’ve had some bizzaro stage fright of producing something that wasn’t really great after so much time of radio silence (which just kept growing and growing).

I’ve STARTED lots of posts with the best of intentions, but never actually finished them.

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m checking off my to do list, for better or worse.

“Blog about ___ on Heyitsmegan.com” was on my master list about 7 times with various topics listed.

This throws me into a panic every time I see it because I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE FOR MYSELF. If I have extra time, it’s got to go to the backlog of client work, or blogging for SEO purposes for my social media agency website. 

Today is different.

I’ve spent the good part of today reflecting on the past year’s work, and which projects and people I’ve really enjoyed working with, been able to show high return for, and have paid us (on time, and without question).

These are the types of clients I want more of. The win/win/win. 

I want to figure out the common thread so that we can filter in only these types of clients in the future, and I want to really take shit to the next level with these amazing businesses and people who deserve tremendous success, and have trusted and allowed Conversations to help them grow.

And there’s one very standout thing that ALL of our favorite clients could be doing better (aside for the ones we are doing this for), which is BLOGGING. Regularly.

::LIGHTBULB::

I’ve ignored the same advice that I give ALL THE TIME to the people that I coach, which is simply:

If you don’t know where to start, just sit down. Open whatever you feel most comfortable typing in. And WRITE.

Start at the beginning or in the middle or even at the end.

Ramble if you need to.

Get it all out. (Or just get a few things out).

It might not be brilliant.

It probably WON’T be very good.

But writing isn’t about strokes of lucky brilliant shit that comes out of the woodwork.

It’s an art form that should be practiced and exercises and rinsed and repeated.

So this blog is my way of getting back on the wagon, but it’s also a challenge.

Your mission, should you choose to accept:

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW.

Sit. Write. Publish.

Don’t second guess, or spend hours looking for the right accompanying photo.

Trying doesn’t count.

DO.

Do Something Scary

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Megan Hargroder NOEW 2015

Speaking @ NOEW 2015

Cards on the table: public speaking TERRIFIES me. Which might sound weird because I do lots of it.

Not like “oh I’m so important that I get paid to give inspirational speeches like every week” but like – now that I’ve been doing Social Media professionally for 5 or 6 years, I get asked to do workshops and talks here and there.

And every time a new invitation to speak at an event finds it’s way into my inbox, I immediately begin thinking of ways to get out of it….

But here’s the thing: even though it’s scary, I’ve gotten some of my best clients from speaking events. So I understand that it’s important to my business.

And I won’t lie: there’s definitely a high after pulling off a solid presentation for a huge room of people.

Overcoming Fear = Empowerment

 

But there’s also a  low (and maybe this is just me) that takes over the next few days. It’s exhausting and feels like you’re coming down with something…which means you’ve got to take some down time to recharge.

Which is why I think that whole saying “Do one thing a day that scares you” is a little dramatic… 1 scary thing EVERY day? How would you get anything else done? Depending on the scale of the fear, I think once a week is a pretty solid goal.

So here are some “scary” things on my to-do list right now

  • go ahead and book those other 2 speaking events in my inbox
  • taxes
  • white water rafting
  • transfer conversations to an S-Corp and put the team on Payroll
  • let a client know that paying invoices 3 months late is no longer acceptable
  • finally stop editing and re-editing and submit those guest posts
  • launch the social tribune (or whatever we decide to call it) 

And once you actually write out the “fear,” it seems pretty silly and first world.

Of course you will get it done. Of course you will make it happen. Of course you will stop getting in your own way…because these scary things that you feel are holding you back are probably the very things that will propel you forward if you can just take a deep breath and jump.

So what’s on your “fear” list? What are you letting hold you back right NOW?

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