It takes real courage to be a beginner. The worst thing we do as a beginner is think we have to have it all figured out right away. I’m here today to tell you it’s okay to be a beginner. It’s okay to not have it all figured out at the beginning. It’s okay to have no idea what you’re doing. The idea that we have to know it all to even begin is just a fear based decision waiting to be made.
Just start. Begin as a beginner. Take baby steps, keep taking baby steps, and you’ll cover great distances. You’ll figure out the next step after you take the first one, but it has to start with the decision to start!
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It’s okay to be a beginner. You don’t have to go “all in” when you’re starting something new.
You don’t have to learn everything you need to know at the very beginning. You can start slow and begin with almost no knowledge of the thing you’re interested in.
You don’t have to be good enough to teach anyone what you’re doing. You don’t have to be able to carry on a conversation about the thing you’re doing – whether that’s homesteading, or gardening, or blogging or podcasting, or making jewelry or whatever.
I thought for a long time that I couldn’t be considered a homesteader because I wasn’t “really homesteading” and I felt like I needed a lesser title because I wasn’t fully self-sufficient and didn’t even know how to become fully self-sufficient.
I always wanted to have chickens and a garden.
I have my chickens now too. I’m still learning a lot about chickens and how to keep and care for them – I know enough to keep them alive and happy, even though I don’t know the best placement for their nesting boxes and roosts, I do know how to keep them warm, fed, hydrated and happy.
I have never been great at gardening and felt I couldn’t be called a “gardener” because I never had a bountiful harvest from all my attempts. I studied a lot about raised beds and soil and zones and garden of Eden, and I still can’t confidently tell you anything about gardening.
Well, I kept trying and now I realize I have a garden and I am a gardener – even though I probably don’t know enough about it to teach you how to garden or have a podcast all about gardening, but I am a gardener. It’s enough to be a beginner, it’s enough to make me happy.
I don’t know everything there is to know about podcasting, but here I am, a podcaster. The great thing is, you don’t have to know anything to start. You just have to decide that you’re going to start, and do it. When I was at Powerhouse Women last month, Jasmine Star was asked “what should my first podcast episode be about?” Her response was “do you want the hood answer or the holy answer? The hood answer is, it doesn’t matter because no one’s listening yet.”
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a microphone, or know your niche yet, you don’t have your title, you don’t know how to make cover art, you don’t know what your first 50 episodes will be – it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re willing and ready to start.
You decide to start and figure everything else out along the way and are willing to take baby steps. Have the passion and courage to start. Begin. Get going.
Email me today: email@example.com and tell me – what are you beginning?
Take it a step farther: get on Instagram and share publicly what you’ve been afraid to start. Share that big scary step that you’re starting and tag me @britclarkson
If you want to start a podcast and need extra help with your outlines, niche, cover art, etc – send me an email and I’d be happy to enroll you in my 1:1 podcast coaching program! (firstname.lastname@example.org).