Since the dawn of time, it has been the quest of human beings to search for the one (or many) thing(s) we are good at. We strive to discover the one element that makes us unique. During this search for individuality, we spend many moments comparing ourselves to others. We often look to those who have:
- more short stories published
- more best sellers on their resume
- better income
- sold more books
- created sold out writing workshops
- _____________ (insert your inner obstacle)
When you realize your deficiencies by comparing yourself to those who are not you, doubt starts to creep in. If you bask in those negative thoughts, it only makes you feel crummier. This can be a problem.
The comparisons that you make only highlight the “lack” and causes lack in other areas of your writing life. When you experience this “lack” you attract more of it. You also censure the inner voice within. This can be so not cool as a writer.
I mean a writer has got to get the juices flowing to write a short story/story and in order for that to happen it’s important to attract the “abundance” portion. So snap out of the state of negativity and get your groove back on! Your inner voice, yes the one that gives you everything you need to write that incredible story, will kick back into full gear and guide you to your very best self.
During my workshops, writers who experience this unnecessary lack usually focus on the things they are not good at. The negative thinking clouds their ability to really listen to their inner creative voice. Keep in mind, when you think you are lacking something or the thing you think you are not good at, you will draw more of that into your life. Turn your thinking around by focusing on what you are good at. You were made with a special skill or talent. Just you. More times than not, it’s the opposite – your amazing talents go undetected because they are a part of you.
I Dare You to Take Action Prompt:
You are going to identify several things you are good at and work on strengthening that inner voice at the same time. Sometimes it takes some deep digging to find these amazing gems. Keep in mind – at first – the inner voice that shares with you all the great, amazing things that you are good at will come to you as a whisper. Put your listening ears on and ….
Take a moment with your computer or paper/pen. Find a place that works for you to write uninterrupted for at least 20 minutes. Allow random thoughts of what you are good at to flow on the screen or paper. Refrain from censuring, re-reading, editing, or pausing during this time. Let that inner voice guide you to your truth.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What do you do for a living?
- What did you want to be when you were little?
I want to know at least 3 things you are good at by taking the time to listen to your inner voice. Leave a comment below.
Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written. She has written and published several short stories in her life time. She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.