Are you sabotaging your writing career?
Sadly many writers do.
Last week, I worked with a couple of writers who were sabotaging themselves. Of course, they had no idea they were doing it.
In “To Do List Power”, I say:
“If you’ve repeatedly set goals, and failed to achieve them, invariably it’s because you’re not looking at yourself and your situation clearly. Do you believe that you deserve success? If you don’t believe this — if your unconscious doesn’t believe it — you’ll sabotage your own success whenever you look as if you might just reach a goal.”
I don’t want to embarrass these writers, so we’ll call them Thomas and Jane. Let’s briefly look at their stories.
Thomas started a blog three years ago. The blog never took off. Thomas made a few posts, got busy, then forgot about the blog. He did get something out of blogging: he used the blog as a sample of his writing. This worked; he got gigs.
Last January Thomas became inspired by a friend who was blogging successfully, and created a “sports” blog. He deleted his older blog, and wanted guidance on monetizing his new blog.
Jane’s a creative whiz. She has many ideas, but can’t complete projects. Once her first inspiration burns out, she drops whatever she’s working on when she’s seduced by a new idea. She purchased one of my ebook-writing products, and wanted guidance in getting an ebook up and selling.
Both Thomas and Jane are sabotaging their own efforts.
Thomas’s original blog was working for him. Although he put little effort into it, the blog was getting gigs for him. Not only could he have done more with this old blog, he could have used it to boost his new blog. But he deleted it.
Jane’s a wonderful writer; truly talented. Unfortunately, she’s also talented in self-sabotage. She could easily be making several thousand dollars a month from her ebooks… if she completed them.
The First Step in Recovery from Self-Sabotage
You can stop sabotaging your own efforts. All you need to do is recognize that you’re doing it.
Believe it or not, just recognizing what you’re doing will stop it. You won’t be driven by unconscious motivations once they become conscious.
Think about your writing career this coming week. Are there signs of self-sabotage?
Exercise: Write down five ways you could be sabotaging your writing career.
Yes, that’s the entire exercise.
If you’re saying to yourself: I would never sabotage myself, try this… Pretend. Write down five ways a writer (not you) MIGHT sabotage his own career.
End Self-Doubt and Procrastination For Good
Want to become a confident, prolific, top-selling writer?
You can write fast and well, and make more money than you’ve ever made (in today’s writing climate, you can and SHOULD aim to make $1,000 a day.)
The solution to all your writing challenges is in your To Do List.