December 1st, 2016
In the midst of planning for 2017, I found myself saying to a colleague, “Man oh man my newsletter is the bane of my existence. I love writing it when I do, but I can’t for the life of me get consistent. My self-doubt demons grip the back of my neck and my fingers freeze when I sit down to write and I nosedive right back into that old ‘I have nothing to say’ story. What the heck should I do about that?”
Here’s what my friend said: “Johanna, do this: Pick up your phone. Set a timer. Hit record and videotape yourself speaking. Just say something. Do it for 5 weeks in a row and call it #justsaysomething with Johanna Walker. See what comes.”
So I’m doing it. Ripping off the band-aid. Abandoning perfection. Telling the self-doubt demons to go sit in the back seat so I can drive. Doing the same thing I ask my clients to do:
Say something. Put a stake in the ground. Get information. Correct course if you need to. Then say something else.
Risk saying something “stupid.” Risk getting it “wrong.” Risk the possibility of messing up and feeling humiliated. Get out of your comfort zone.
Not sure what direction this little project will take me. I might tell stories. I might give public speaking tips. I might just have a little rant (which is kinda what I did today. A little birthday rant.) But I’ll send you a video every week till the end of 2016.
Whatever happens I hope you’ll join me to find out.
I intend to commit for 5 weeks, then if I’m still having fun, and you haven’t unsubscribed by then, I’ll keep going.
Here’s #justsaysomething episode 1. It’s 4 minutes. Have a listen.
What would you say if you pulled out your phone and set a timer for 3-4 minutes and JUST SAID SOMETHING?
Try it. #justsaysomething, then post it below.
I dare you. 🙂
Thanks for tuning in.