Afraid of Being Afraid: Motivation for the Next Step

 

On Mondays, I write about motivation as inspiration for myself and to share about myself and my website. I am honored and inspired that many writers and travelers continue to share their personal stories in my ten Travel Writing Awards on We Said Go Travel.

For the past month, I have written more about my battles to believe that I can make this website into something great. In Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants,” he talks about “what happens when ordinary people confront giants…Should I play by the rules or follow my own instincts? Shall I persevere or give up? Should I strike back or forgive?

Malcolm Gladwell book David and GoliathThis is what I have been wondering. Is it worth it? How do you know? Last Sunday at ceramics class, the instructor told the students who asked how do you know when you are done centering, “When you are done, you are done.” No one else can tell you. I have really been pondering this phrase and the quote above from Gladwell.

Should I pitch more articles? Make more videos? Add more ads? Change the format? Play by the rules? Strike Back? Forgive? “When you are done, you are done.”

I am watching the national political conventions and thinking about the upcoming Olympics, all of these people are convinced they CAN do it. Win the gold medal or be the next president. However, they cannot all win. They cannot all come home with gold. But, there is room for We Said Go Travel to grow. It does not need a medal or a title. It just is. There is space.

And, as we know, David did beat the giant, as Gladwell tells us: “David came running toward Goliath, powered by courage and faith…He was an underdog and a misfit, and that gave him the freedom to try things no one else even dreamt of.

I wonder what would happen if I just decided to go for it as if I was working towards a gold medal in the Olympics or running for president. Where could We Said Go Travel end up? As I write this, the site is ranked 104,683 for USA Alexa which means it is nearly in the top 100,000 of all sites in the USA according to Alexa. By Similar Web, it is #22,122 in travel sites. Maybe things are going better than I realize.

We Said Go Travel on YouTube with 465000 views July 30 2016I have focused this year on video. In December 2014, I had 320 videos with 580 subscribers and 280,000 views. In December 2015, I had 400 videos live on YouTube. As of today, there are 540 videos, over 1050 subscribers, and nearly 465,000 views on YouTube. With my video views on other platforms, I have over 650,000 views! By October for my birthday, I hope to have 3/4 of a million video views! Maybe I am doing just fine.

I like what Gladwell writes about courage:

Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.”

This summer I stopped believing in myself again. It has not been good. I have been through tough times and I am strong. I need to remind myself that I can do it. I am doing it. Things are growing and changing for the better. I believe in myself and in We Said Go Travel. Thank you for reading and participating and being there for me. I am grateful.

I want to remember that I am a brave rebel and I can do it. We can do it together. I do not need to be president or take home a gold medal. I need to just take the next step and then the one after that. That is the only way forward.

I want to remember what Gladwell says about fear:

We are all of us not merely liable to fear, we are also prone to be afraid of being afraid, and the conquering of fear produces exhilaration.…The contrast between the previous apprehension and the present relief and feeling of security promotes a self-confidence that is the very father and mother of courage.


I hope you will have a courageous August! Lisa

I wanted to share videos about icons who created their own way and are being remembered for their choices. In May at The Beverly Hills Hotel, I was invited to preview the recently renovated bungalows. Bungalow #5 is in decorated in the style and in honor of Frank Sinatra. Bungalow #22 is where Elizabeth Taylor spent 6 of her 8 honeymoons.

Video: Bungalow #5 Frank Sinatra at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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