It never gets old, does it? That feeling - starting a new venture, releasing a product, trying out a hobby or craft for the first time - you know, that feeling that you're standing naked in the middle of Times Square. It's exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time, isn't it?
I've put myself out there many times before in many different avenues, and I wish I could say it gets easier; that as your business grows, your confidence in who you are and what you deliver to your clients would amplify -- whether its a product, service, or sometimes just that glow of YOU doing your thing -- but I'm here to tell you it's not really true. Not always. I can tell you, that nearly every time you venture into new territory, you're going to have that feeling of putting your first-born on the bus to go to kindergarten for the first time. You're going to have questions and doubts, you're going to want to scream, "WHY is this happening to me?!?!" and you're going to want to grab that thing back for just one more edit before it goes public. Why does it never really get easier??
It's because we care. We care about our work - we care about all the little details that makes what we do interesting; we care about the products we produce, and we care SO much about the people our business serves. And so, as much as the anxiety and doubts feels so awful, maybe - just maybe - we should embrace it? Welcome it in and get to know it; maybe understanding why the doubts show up, and learning to trust that we're just where we're supposed to be - that we haven't gotten this far on sheer luck and blind optimism - maybe that's all we need.