Tuesday, October 4, 2011
6 Ways to Fight the Dreaded Doubts
My advice on how to beat the doubts:
1. A Positive Attitude: I think doubts have a way of turning into self-fulfilling prophecy. Fight them by staying positive. Remember how much you enjoy writing, painting, dreaming. Believe you will succeed.
2. Perseverance: I believe almost anything can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. So, keep your dreams. Don't give up. Don't let anything hold you back.
3. Try again: When a project doesn't seem to go anywhere, then if you've given it all you can, start a new project. Few authors sell their first novels; few artists sell their first paintings.
4. Don't expect instant perfection: For starters true perfection can't ever be achieved. Our best work, however, can be achieved. Work with realistic, achievable goals.
5. Exercise: Keep the body active, get the blood flowing through the brain, and doubts will find it harder to take a hold.
6. Ask yourself, will I regret it if I quit? I quit once. It's the biggest regret in my life. Memory of that regret now keeps me striving for my dreams.
What do you do to keep your doubts at bay?
Note: this post was written for the Insecure Writers' Group. It's a bit early, but my posting schedule is out of whack this week due to the long weekend in NSW, Australia.
The group was formed by Alex J. Cavanaugh for writers to encourage each other.