Listen to the audio or read below for the transcript. This episode is 8 minutes long.
Happy Tuesday, lovely! I’m Andreea, your host here on The Introvert That Could Podcast. Every episode is a mix of tips on productivity, time management, and how to move forward when you’re stuck, with a sprinkle of motivation and a side of relevant personal stories. I want you to have all the tools and support you need to face the challenges of being an introvert and take action, because without action, there are no results. Let’s dive in!
Welcome to episode 8!
I want to take a moment to celebrate this because statistically, many podcasts don’t make it past episode 6. And I can understand that, it takes more effort than you would expect to produce an episode, but that says a lot about how us humans approach things in general. We go running after the next shiny object but when things get tough, we give up.
What I can tell you after 5 years of writing blog posts and emails is that it takes a lot of patience and consistency to start seeing results. You have to stick to it even if for months or even years the only person clapping for you is your mom, or even worse, yourself.
Overnight success never happens overnight.
In the book club this month we’re reading Atomic Habits and the first chapter talks exactly about this. How we sometimes give up because we don’t see immediate results. There’s an example that I loved, the one of an earthquake. The big shaky moment comes up after years and years of small changes. You never feel any of them, until the last one, just as small as all the previous ones, produces a life changing result.
So whatever you’re doing, keep going.
And now, the topic of today is… “I don’t know”. These are very, very powerful words, even if they sound very innocent.
In any moment, what you say to yourself determines your energy, your feelings. And from there, you take action or not. What do you think “I don’t know” produces in your body? Oh, please don’t say I don’t know.
It makes you feel defeated. Low vibe. It blocks you from taking any action because it sounds like there’s nothing you can do. It’s like a big STOP sign standing in front of you.
Here’s how I discovered the power of these words. Not too long ago, I realized I had a pattern of slowing things down while I was approaching the end of a project. It was frustrating, it was stressing me out that I’m almost there, but not really and progress is slowing down. And I knew that all I need is one last push to get that done, whatever that was. However, I was telling myself it’s ok to take a break because I’m almost done. How about taking a break AFTER you’re done, Andreea?
I finally figured out what was happening: as the project was coming to an end, I was starting to think that I don’t know what I’ll do after. I didn’t know what’s next. So I was stalling.
All it took was a slight shift in thinking to solve my problem. Once I realized how damaging “I don’t know” is, I replaced it with “I’ll figure it out”. So now I follow through with my projects, even if I don’t have anything planned after. It’s ok, because once this project is over, I will take a break and some thinking time and I’ll figure it out. I always do. I learned that projects come in seasons and that a break is much more relaxing if you know you’ve finished what you were working on. Now I deliver much faster and really enjoy my time off.
One great example of my new “I’ll figure it out” strategy is launching the podcast. I didn’t know how to create a podcast when I decided to do it.
When you want to do something but the first thing you think is “But I don’t know how”, that STOP sign stands tall in front of you and you don’t even give yourself a chance to try.
And seriously now, don’t you think your brain is messing with you when you say to yourself I Don’t know how? In 2020? You don’t know how? All it takes is an internet search. If there’s someone, out there, doing it already, you can learn how to do something. The How is really not your problem. Your problem is fear of failure, fear of what others will think, fear of discomfort, not that you don’t know.
So when you catch yourself saying that, call BS on yourself and move on. You’ll figure it out.
Back to my podcast story. I decided that even if it’s something completely new for me, I’ll figure it out. The How, the actual implementation, is the least important on my todo list.
So I started with what’s important: the content. I took a couple of days to brainstorm and organize and even before I even considered how to record an episode, I had a list of 40 possible topics, that’s close to a year of podcasts. I pushed the how to the side for another few days and scripted the first 3 episodes. And then finally, when the important stuff was out of the way, I asked myself, ok, how do I do this? I didn’t let the how stand in the way of me producing the content.
So now, I had everything ready to go. I asked myself: how can I make this as easy for myself as possible? I’m a fan of Pat Flynn’s podcast and I knew he has a podcasting course, so I figured, he probably has a blog post or a video with some basic instructions too. So I went to YouTube, searched for “how to start a podcast”, found Pat’s video, and I followed step by step what we explained in the video. I used the software he recommended, I bought the microphone that he recommended, and I refused to waste my time doing any other research. I knew the podcast will get better and I will get better and more knowledgeable as I go. But for now, it was enough. A few days later, Amazon delivered all the tools and I recorded the first 2 episodes.
I knew many podcasts have jingles but I didn’t want to spend time learning this level of audio editing, so I posted a job on UpWork and I paid someone 20 dollars to do the jingle for me. I then did a basic search and found Podbean to host my podcast. I heard about it before and I was like “I heard about it, it must be good enough”. And boom! That was it!
From decision to delivery: it took about 1 week. I kept my eyes on the goal and what’s important, told myself that I’ll figure it out and I did. It’s now Episode 8 and I still have about 32 topics to talk about. I also know it will take about 20 more episodes for the podcast to sound better, for me to be better and people to start finding me. It’s ok, I have time.
Decide that you’ll figure it out and then let the real problems come up. If you want to start a project, but you’re stuck because you don’t know how, put that aside for a while and work on what’s really important. As long as someone out there in the world is doing it successfully, you can learn how later.
That’s it for today. Oh before I go, I wanted to let you know that the book club registration for February is opening up later this week, so hop on the mailing list to know when it’s happening. Details below. Talk soon, bye!
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