I wanted to be a writer since I started school. I gave up writing when I left high school because I didn’t think I had the proper education to be a writer (DOUBT). Every once in a while I would write a story. Then I would save it for a few days, read it and throw it in the garbage (DOUBT). Once I worked my courage and asked someone to read one of my stories and they gave a brutal critique of it. The critique shattered my confidence and filled me with DOUBT. It was a long time before I wrote again. It was even longer before I told anybody that I wanted to be a writer. It was even longer before I shared a story with anyone again (DOUBT). I’ve overcome my doubt and am writing and sharing my writing by posting on my blog, by selling the odd article and by writing for hire for other companies. My DOUBT is still there but it is now doubt and easily managed.
How has DOUBT affected your life? What would you be doing now if DOUBT hadn’t clouded and choked off your dream?
Every week I speak with people who appear confident and then when I ask them to take a risk they come up with all kinds of DOUBT about why it wouldn’t work for them. Every week I speak with people who take the risk. The people who take the risk appear to get more out of life and enjoy more success.
I think that Pat Hinzte says it quite well in this quote;
“Doubt will take you out of action. Action will take you out of doubt.”
You only live once. I beg you… grab hold of your doubt and do. Don’t risk everything all at once just get started on your dream life. Yes, doubt will still be in your mind but you will reach a point where the success or contentment you feel from taking action will help you overcome your doubt.
For too many years I DOUBTed my writing ability and it was strangling my life. I am a writer because something in me drives me to write and to risk by publishing what I write. I support my writing addiction by selling and by teaching people about Send Out Cards (www.sendoutcards.com/danwrites). I get a few contracts for articles and marketing material and website content but the income doesn’t pay the bills. I’m writing a book of short stories and working on a business book for the company I work for. I no longer DOUBT my ability to write and I no longer doubt that someone will read what I write.
The more I’m grateful for the more there is to be grateful for. I encourage you to think about the things you are grateful for in your life, better yet write them down and read them. I make a short list every day of the things I am grateful for.
I am grateful for the way Canadians have stood up to the acts of terrorism in the last few weeks. What a strong and generous people we are.
I am grateful for a cup of coffee in the morning. I think the guy who brewed coffee and shared it with us many years ago should have a statue built for him by the coffee shops.
I am grateful to the people who bought from me this week. The risk they took by ordering from me will turn into a financial reward for them because they will make more sales.
I am grateful to my loving wife who has encouraged me to write and for her support.
I am grateful for all the people who read my blog and other parts of my website.
As an expression of my gratitude to the many wonderful people I have met in many different businesses over the years I have added a referral page to my website. www.danwrites.ca/the-referral-page
“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” Edwin Arlington Robinson
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"” William Ward
“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” G K Chesterton