You Have What They Need!
Living life has a way of diminishing you. Let me correct that sentence; living life has a way of diminishing you in your own eyes. The battles, circumstances and experiences that you have survived have made feel like a battle-fatigued warrior. But, what you can fail to realize in the constant state of readiness, is that you made it. You emerged victorious! So, although it seems to you, that you have just been getting by and getting through; in reality, you are a BOSS, and you have what they need.
ME? AN EXPERT?
What is the definition of “expert?” According to Merriam-Webster’s, it is “a person who has a special skill or knowledge relating to a particular subject.” So, if there is a stirring in your heart to write about what you have learned from living life, yet you do not feel qualified to do so, you must ask yourself, by whose standard? Here is a nice little blog post on finding the value within.
SEE YOURSELF AS OTHERS SEE YOU
It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not. – Dennis Waitley
As a person generally, but especially as a writer, you must demolish every stronghold of low self-esteem. If your calling is to write and make the lives of others better through your pen, then you must garner the strength, courage and faith to walk in your purpose. Believing that you are a grasshopper when you really are a giant is conceding defeat before you’ve even entered the ring. Stop viewing yourself through the lens of the battlefield where things are always distorted and ugly but see yourself as others see you; battle-tested and victory approved. You did that! You learned that! You achieved that! You overcame that! You are an expert in that!
KICK SELFISHNESS TO THE CURB
The act of writing is often cathartic and freeing. However, the gift and burden of writing is not about you. It really is about the person who will be led to read what you have written. I know that sounds counter-intuitive to the teaching that you write for yourself and not for others, but I think I can square the two. As a writer, you should always write true to your own voice, not trying to be something that you are not. In other words, be yourself. It really is enough. But, this does not mean that your GIFT of writing is to edify self. What a strange, cold and lonely existence that would be. No, your gift is to bring joy, assistance, strength, encouragement, laughter, etc. to others. So, stop being selfish and just do it.
READY. SET. GO
So, as I’m concluding this pep talk (just because I love you so muchJ), I want to remind you that beating back those thoughts of negativity, lack and unworthiness takes work. If you suffer from ergophobia, you may get overrun by those purpose-stealing maggots. But, I don’t think so. I believe that you are a GIANT, not a grasshopper!
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post. This and many more writing tips, strategies and tools are always included in our writing workshops!
Blessings and happy writing!