Steven Nielson, State Chairman Libertarian Party of Washington
There is only one thing standing between you and the "full-potential" you; Fear. You may try to reason that it is something else, anything, but rest assured it is fear. The dark mistress whose sole purpose for being is to fill your life with missed opportunity and regret.
"I'm afraid I won't have enough time!"
"What if I can't afford it?"
"I don't think I know enough about the issues..."
Whatever your fearful conscience is whispering into your ear, don't listen. Hit that toxic little cricket with some bug spray and replace him with a courageous lion roaring "make it happen". Replace your fear based doubts with the courage to try...
So what if you don't have enough time? Trust me. You will re-prioritize the little things and realize that replacing 45 minutes of instagram with article writing or effective outreach can help you accomplish your goals. 45 minutes a day that you have the power to reclaim. Take the laptop into the toilet with you. When you give yourself permission to try and to seek to succeed, you will find the time to be successful.
So what if you can't afford it? There are others who can, and those others want you to be successful. So start by asking for help. (But I'm afraid to ask people for money or help... HEY! I thought we killed that little fear mongering cricket!) You're not afraid to ask. You are just out of practice in asking. So practice.. get better at asking for help. Because you are not expected to do it on your own.
So what if you don't know everything about the issues. There are a LOT of bad decisions being made by people who claim that they DO know everything about the issues... and look where that is getting everyone. You have an opinion. You have the ability to learn as you go, educating yourself along the way. So do it.
We fail to start because we convince ourselves of our deficits by listening to fear.
Stop it. You're stronger than that. And we don't have time to waste!
Now... who is ready to run for office!
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."