Do you want to be fearless with your writing? Do you want to be able to get into the flow and produce article after article?
Sometimes it feels like I’m allergic to writing. It seems like I’ll never fill that blank paper staring back at me with killer content.
But does your writing really have to be awesome all of the time? I’m beginning to think that maybe it doesn’t.
All this talk of being remarkable, standing out and making a difference can be extremely constipating, because you become so self-conscious of what you’re doing.
The simple act of being yourself and doing your best IS being remarkable. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
It’s YOUR journey. You decide what you want to do. I’ve found myself looking at others many times, but I’ve found it counter-productive.
In the end, you have to find your own groove and do your own thing. There are people out there that want to consume what you feel inspired to write about.
When you look at other successful entrepreneurs, writers and creative men and women, you’ll often see that they’ve spent years working on what they love.
This doesn’t happen overnight, but the more you do the things you like doing, the closer you will get to your true voice and who you really are. That’s what matters.
Dealing with the Fear
Whatever is worth doing will stretch you out of your comfort zone, which is exactly why it’s crucial that you learn how to overcome your fears. The difference between the great and the merely good is that the great feel the fear, acknowledge it and keep moving forward.
This is something Seth Godin talks a lot about in his book Linchpin. If you haven’t read it yet, you probably should. I put off reading it for a long time, but I just bought it and it’s great.
When I started writing on the Wake Up Cloud, everything was easy. It was as if I was floating downstream. As my audience has grown, I’ve started to hit more bumps and twists. The ride is not all smooth anymore.
For me, one of the main reasons is fear. I have a larger audience, so I feel pressured to produce better and better content.
But I’ve realized that perfection isn’t necessary to write a good blog. Just look at other bloggers who’ve been around for a long time.
They have a lot of readers, and they are nowhere near perfect. The important key is to get your stuff out there. There’s no need to spend hours rewriting your article to make it perfect.
Because what is perfect? Perfect for you is merely in your head. You have no idea what someone else likes or dislikes.
What if you wrote an article that could change someone’s life, but then you rewrote it. Let yourself be imperfect, it’s easier and enjoyable.
Authenticity is Key
There’s something about a person that doesn’t get bogged down in the details. They know they didn’t write that sentence perfectly, but they also know that it is enough to get the point across.
I’ve always believed that the more you show people who you really are, the more you will attract the right people into your life.
If you try to be perfect, how can people relate to you? Perfection blocks creativity and spontaneity. Everyone talks about being authentic, of being an artist, but in order to be those things, we have to let go of the fear and the perfection that has been programmed into us.
Your readers won’t care if you’re perfect. In fact, if there’s anything I’ve learned it is that the more you are able to be who you truly are, the more you’ll draw the right people to you.
Now, we could argue that we’re all perfect in our imperfection, but that’s not my point here. I am not here for that. I am here to get a point across.
You are perfect as you are. I like you as imperfect. Just words. Be yourself, with quirks and all.
You Are Not Psychic
Let’s face it, most of us aren’t psychic. We can’t possibly know what our readers want. Sure, we can know some of it, but most of the time we’re just guessing.
I have felt horrible about many posts I have written, but after hitting publish, I’ve come to realize that what I think doesn’t really matter.
As long as I do my best and put my thoughts out there, it will take care of itself. You see, most of the time when I feel like my articles aren’t worth the virtual paper they were written on, my readers will still like it and I will even get e-mails from people thanking me.
Realizing that your writing doesn’t have to be magical to make a difference will take a huge weight off your shoulders.
Do your best and get your thoughts, experiences and gifts out to the world.