John Fogerty wrote the song, Fortunate Son, in twenty minutes. The song was an expression of anger, about being drafted for a war without knowing what he was really fighting for.
"The thoughts behind this song - it was a lot of anger. It was the Vietnam War going on. I was drafted and they're making me fight, and no one has actually defined why. So this was all boiling inside of me and I sat down on the edge of my bed and out came "It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son!" You know, it took about 20 minutes to write the song."
You can make a more meaningful impact (on yourself and the world) in twenty minutes of honest expression than you can in twenty years of holding yourself back because you're afraid of what people might think or say.
John Fogerty wasn't trying to write a song that would be named by Rolling Stone, one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. He was pissed off and he had something to say.
Great magic is revealed on the other side of having the courage to express yourself in your own authentic and deeply personal way.
Rather than focusing on what you're trying to make happen, focus on what it is you've come here to say; this is what it means to be brave.
As the New Year quickly approaches, it's a great time to start thinking about the year that lies ahead and what it is you'd like to say.