As writers/creatives/artists, there’s this negative cycle we tend to get in.
You’re naturally critical of your own work, because you spend so much time observing and judging other people’s work.
Then, being critical of your own work prevents you from sharing your work with the world, because you don’t think it’s ready or good enough.
By not putting your work out, the only feedback you get is from the harshest critic of all, yourself, which makes you even more afraid to put your work out…
And the cycle continues.
But the ONLY way to reach your true potential is by putting your work out in the world. External dialog and feedback will take your work to places you can never take it on your own.
Success as a writer/creative/artist comes from doing the uncomfortable. You have to buckle down and force yourself out of your self-imposed negative feedback loop.
You have to put your work out there.
It’s the only way.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
I used to think it was a silly waste of time to think about a vision for my life. Who does that?
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.