So you’ve put off writing for years. Should you even try to get started writing? What did the voice in your head answer?
- I don’t have the talent.
- I’m just not good at it. (impostor syndrome?)
- It’s a struggle, what’s the point?
- I tried before and it didn’t work out.
- Why try, I’ll just fail again.
If you heard any variation on these, you may have a fixed mindset.
Having a fixed mindset is like self-sabotage because it keeps you from growth. A fixed mindset believes that you can’t grow and change, that your talent is what you were born with, same for your intelligence, there’s no opportunity for change.
3 ways to try a growth mindset:
Growth comes from practice. A growth mindset believes that we can improve if we put in the time and effort. Practice means we put in consistent effort.
inspiration comes from other people. Watch what others are doing and learn from them instead of seeing them as adversaries. We all learn from those that are just ahead of us.
Feedback is an opportunity to learn. It’s not personal, so don’t take it that way. Set aside your judgement and use the feedback to make improvements. Then seek feedback again.