Writing to an undiscovered audience is clearly not the same as writing to an imaginary audience. There are certain difficulties to face, especially, if like me you are not a risk taker and you value other people’s opinions of you to an unhealthy extreme.
Having decided to blog about my experiences of looking for a complete change in work direction, I face my first problem. Much of what I would like to say – for example the anecdotes that make for interesting reading – might not be wise to publish. Being an analyst by nature means I feel the need to undertake full scale research projects not just on the risks of libel, but also on how to win friends and influence people, creative writing, the technicalities and merits of comparative platforms for blogging, wise use of social media, good use of grammar and punctuation and much more. This is the kind of thinking that so frequently leads me to the conclusion that no action is the safest form of action.
Whilst typing even this first blog post, the temptation not to take the risk and publish is great. The radio blares out sports debate and I am being asked for advice in culinary matters. Concentration and distractions are problematic. Perfectionism rears its ugly head. A certain amount of resentment even enters into the mix as I realise that in the time I have taken to dither about blogging my experiences, my son woke up one morning, beat me to it and competently created a blog and posted intelligently twice. Without any introspection evident whatsoever!
If this resonates with you, here is my first tip. Risk taking is necessary. No one grew up without taking risks. No one learned anything useful without making some mistakes along the way. If you are looking for change and you are not a risk taker you will dream and possibly plan, but change only comes about through action.
So this week, I handed in my notice at a job I have been doing for eight and a half years. This was not without careful planning and preparation, but for me – a long standing low risk expert – it marks a significant step to a change in attitude that will allow the journey on which I am embarking to take place.
Join me on the journey as I journal and reflect. Your comments, suggestions and feedback are welcome.