As a creative writer, you often have big dreams for yourself and your writing. In order to make those dreams a reality, you craft yourselves some lofty goals and dedicate your time to crushing them. Just as the goal is right over the horizon you get this feeling tugging you backward. It starts as a trickle, creeping its way into your thoughts and whispering negative things into your ear. You shake it off and keep strolling - you are almost there. It's going to be great, right? But, it seems the closer you get - the more this thing is trying to hold you back. It throws obstacle after obstacle in your path until you are hurdling and dodging just to get through. You start feeling this thing taking a toll on not just your mind but also your body. That's when it hits you big-time - a roadblock that makes you physically repulsed by the thought of overcoming it.
This thing is called fear. And, it's what makes so many creative writers amazing, life-changing goals fall short fruition.
We all have those big dreams for our writing but something is always right there between us and taking actionable steps to propel us towards making that dream a reality.
Fear of putting yourself out there
Fear of failure
Fear of success
Fear of rejection
So how do you find the strength and courage to push forward, despite what the fear is telling you? It comes down to realizing three things that will help shift your mindset and your relationship with fear.
I know what you're thinking. "I know you just did not illegitimize my fears and insecurities, Brit. Totally not cool." Well... yes, and no. Fear is real. It's a big scary over-protective monster that tells you that the absolute worst case scenario is going to happen and when it does, the world is basically going to end, right? Get this - fear has no idea what it's talking about. Let's say you have a fear of failure. You have your manuscript ready to go, yet you hesitate to publish because you think you won't sell a single book and it will have all been a waste. Fear is telling you that - worst case - the only existing copies are the one you and maybe your mom buy and now it's the total apocalypse. Guess what? Publishing a book is no small task and maybe that book didn't get all the success you would have wished for it but that just means you now have tangible work to go into your writing portfolio AND have gained experience in the process. That my friend is not a failure. My point - the worst case scenario isn't actually as bad as it seems.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that fear is your best friend and you totally need to have it in order to be successful. BUT - I am going to tell you that if you are feeling fear, it's a good sign! It means you are up to big, crazy, amazing stuff! Fear is your compass guiding you towards great, important things. Let your fear guide you to your dreams and when it starts knocking at your door, acknowledge it, and then set it free. You don't have to let it in and you certainly don't have to offer it coffee.
Although fear will always be there in the back of your mind, remember that you are in complete control of your life. Imagine you are in a car, driving down a beautiful tree lined drive when you come to a fork. Comfort Zone Lane sits to your left and it looks as beautiful, smooth, and welcoming as ever. To your right sits Dream Avenue and although the name is inspiring, you begin to notice that the pavement isn't as smooth, there are potholes and cracks that could cause a bumpy ride. It's not as bright a cheerful looking than the other option and you can't see as far down it since there is overgrowth blocking your vision. Fear - who has been sitting in the back seat this whole time whispers something that further makes you doubt that is the right path - "How willing are you go down that route? What if you get lost? What if you break down?"
Now is the time to tell fear to zip it and remind it that YOU are the driver. The better question is - how willing are you to never take the journey at all?
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