Can I share something with you?
Every single time — like, EVERY time — that I sit down to write a song or brainstorm ideas for a video project or take the “stage” at a house concert, there is a moment (and sometimes that moment can stretch into minutes / hours / days) when I am immobilized because of a quiet, internal battle going on deep inside my head. The battle begins with a little voice that whispers things like:
“You aren’t good enough for this.”
“Who says your ideas are worth anything?”
“Do you really think anyone will care about what you’re doing?”
Has this ever happened to you?
Eventually, I push past that gnarly voice and get to work at whatever it is that I set out to do. But it’s a struggle. Every time.
I know that I’m not the only one who struggles against this voice. Other artists have shared with me that it happens to them. Friends who have started businesses tell me they’ve battled this kind of self-doubt. People who have
gone back to school,
decided to raise children,
applied for a dream job,
written a novel,
started a non-profit organization,
begun taking guitar lessons,
run for political office,
bought some brushes and paint and decided to put their heart on a canvas for the first time ever.
All kinds of people who have dared to start / go / do / create / begin are apt to hear the same little voice that I hear, telling them that they can’t or that they shouldn’t.
And yet … I believe that some of the most important stuff we do on this earth is work that starts with having to overcome that kind of self-doubt. I know this because when I see someone else blow past their fears to accomplish something they’ve determined to accomplish, I am INSPIRED. Like, “go home and try something new / write a song / do something to make the world a better place for someone else” kind of INSPIRED.
And I’m not talking about the emotional backstories they always air about athletes during the Olympics. I’m talking about regular, everyday Janes and Joes out there conquering their doubts to do amazing things. People like YOU INSPIRE ME.
IMAGINE … the POWER we have to INSPIRE others to go do GREAT things in their lives when we overcome our own doubts to do scary, amazing things in our lives. #whoa
“Who Do You Think You Are?” is the first single from my album CREATIONISM (street date: June 17th). It’s about overcoming that self-doubt to go / start / do / create / begin.
Let’s do it.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” is the first single from Shannon’s 2016 album Creationism.