Why Worry Will Keep You Stagnant While Courage Springs You Above and Beyond
Before I begin I want to let everyone know this article wouldn’t be written without a powerful video from Stefan Molyneux of Free Domain Radio, which he made yesterday documenting ‘five years later’ after being diagnosed with an aggressive case of lymphoma. If anyone reads this article, please find him on YouTube to get an in-depth look of what today’s article is all about.
Molyneux states in his video the importance of leaving a mark in the world after death, meaning people can state in a eulogy this person was this, this person was that, but we really didn’t know what they believed in or how they impacted others by the tens of thousands. Perhaps they impacted their tiny communities by doing good works, but the reality is such souls set themselves short.
Here’s the point where many state such individuals made a living, considered themselves to be working or middle class individuals, were the heart and soul of each get-together be it at a ballgame, a bar, a movie, or wherever, and didn’t want anything else, but this is where they’re wrong.
Human beings are natural population pleasers and we’ve always been so. When we’re young, don’t we want fame, recognition, or an everlasting impact?
And I don’t mean this in a bombastic way.
If you said ‘no’ to this question, you’re lying to yourself. You wanted to do something great. You may’ve had it in you to do something great, but at the end of the day, greatness stagnated as you became bogged down by benefits over costs of living a normal life, security over freedom, and the cognitively conditioned mentality politicians will take care of us because they know what they’re talking about and we’re not smart enough to tackle complex issues.
For me, the more complex, the better. I may forget to do laundry or to perform basic tasks, but I’ll never forget John Bolton’s mantra back in the early 2000’s when he was praying for an Iraqi invasion and got his wish. And now, history repeats itself, with fearmongering propaganda Iran hasn’t lived to the billing of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Is the government correct?
They’ve been wrong about Iraq, Libya, and Syria. They’re wrong about Iran.
Enter the Writer
Oh, the hardest part of writing is to pucker up the courage needed to get started. It’s not editing, rewriting, or even critique from other writers in a group. No, the hardest part is finding the courage to begin writing and to pour your heart onto a page.
Furthermore, some of us (like myself) will write about sensitive issues others dare not touch. As I’ve stated previously, I once conducted a great social media experiment where I used my Facebook friends as props, sharing my opinions regarding the most sensitive issues. I’ve unveiled issues concerning inconvenient truths such as:
1) America’s foreign policy has never once protected our national security since the Cold War began and we create enemies just to sustain bases to uphold our military-industrial complex. If you want proof on the matter, check out how much money the military-industrial complex lost since peace has broken out in the Koreas, which I’m cautiously optimistic will remain.
2) Most Americans are cognitively dissonant when it comes to patriotism versus nationalism. Most believe they’re being patriotic when they support unconstitutional wars, give up their individual liberties after they’re fearmongered into believing an outside threat is about to take them over, which never happens. They believe they’re patriotic when they accept security and trust police, whose job it is to enforce such unjust laws like unconstitutional DUI checkpoints. In fact, any right a “patriotic” politician tells them to give up, they believe it’s in their duty to do so.
3) Speaking of duties, Americans believe it to be patriotic to, as in the words of Donald J. Trump, “bomb the hell out of other nations and take back our oil.” Wait, who’s invading who again? Our oil? Dude, the Middle East isn’t in the Continental U.S., we don’t have a right to Iran’s or anyone’s oil but our own.
The above, plus many other issues is what I as a writer have either written about on my blog, have taken the dagger to the chest when it comes to sharing this content with my friends (which has burned bridges), or am writing in allegory form in Lord of Columbia.
Courage Trumps Worry
Why can’t we all just be happy and keep worrying?
Because worrying will never get anything done. Worry will hinder your success because you’ll continually think about the insurmountable task ahead like writing a contemporary fantasy book trilogy, and when the trilogy is written, all the editing that comes with it. And after the editing, all the book promotions, selling, and hoping someone buys the work, sees the message, and spreads it to their peers, and it’s just too much work!
Or is it?
The hardest part is getting started.
Once you get started, not just with writing but with any passion involving courage, it’s smooth sailing. The critique will make the work better, ditto for the editing, and ditto for your marketing. If you took your time and invested hardcore into making sure every aspect of your book or book series is perfect, it’s going to go further than you ever believed.
But you must not worry, and just get started. And it goes with any passion at any given time. Don’t worry but get started. Begin not tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. Begin right now, this minute, take all your worries and throw them out. And replace such worries with courage.