“The mind is a powerful thing. It can take you through walls.”
― Denis Avey
Now I already touched on this in my previous “lack of imagination” Blog post however having a negative mindset can be a problem all on its own.
If you think you are going to lose the game you are about to play, then you probably will, if you tell yourself you’re going to fail that math test, you probably will and if you think your writing is going to be crap, then it most likely will reflect that.
Everything we do in life can be seen as a reflection of ourselves. If you think, before you even put pen to paper, that your writing is terrible then, as a reflection of that mindset, what else could you really expect?
The fact it, most first, first drafts aren’t going to be the most incredible piece of writing you’ve ever written, that’s why we edit, edit and edit our work again. But if you’re already thinking negatively then chances are you’ll probably give up before you even get to your first edit and not pick that pen up again.
“Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude. Happiness is in your mind, not in the circumstance.”
― Roy Bennett
Things to try:
- Positive thinking
Easier said than done, I know. But saying the littlest things to yourself in your own head can be surprisingly effective. Things like; “I can do this” and “I am better than I think I am” could help. Once you start saying positive things to yourself, you’ll start believing in those positive things and soon you will be producing great work.
- A second opinion
Give your work to a family member or friend and see what they think. What you see in your writing may not be what others see in your writing. With this, however, prepare yourself for constructive criticisms and remember that no one is attacking you or work; they are simply trying to help. If you are like me and are super secretive about whom you show you work to, if anyone, then it may be time to bite the metaphorical bullet and seek mums help. Mums will never fail you.
- Go back and edit, improve yourself and your writing
A rough first draft isn’t the finished product, that’s what you have to remember. Go back, get that red pen out and start crossing out, scribbling over, correcting and circling.
Remember, we are our own toughest critics, but sometimes we are a little too hard on ourselves.
“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.”
― Amit Ray