3 Steps to Boost Your Confidence
“Most people, the majority of people, feel like they have a book inside of them. So few people write the book because they’re afraid, afraid that they won’t be good enough, afraid that they’ll be laughed at or judged.” —Azul Terronez
I hate to admit it, but oftentimes when I start writing a book, I think to myself, I sure hope this doesn’t suck. What if people read it and don’t like it? What if it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done? This is permanent; it goes out into the world.
On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about how to make sure you write a book that doesn’t suck and the three things (and one bonus one!) you can do today to win the confidence you need to get writing.
The Here and Now
Write in the present moment. Don’t dwell on past failures or worry about future outcomes. Focus on the now and trust that you have the skills and ideas to create a remarkable book.
You Are Unique
Embrace your uniqueness. You are the most unique person on the planet, so let your authentic voice shine through your writing. Be confident in sharing your quirks, oddities, and unpolished aspects—that’s what makes you special, and you are the only one to write that book.
Stop overthinking and just write. Try to silence your inner editor and unleash your creativity. Trust that your words will flow from a pure state, without constantly critiquing and overprocessing every sentence. Remember, the best version of you is right now. Push through the fear and messiness of a first draft and remember you are the only one to tell your story.
Bonus: Enlist the help of other people: coaches, editors, writing groups. Writing is more of a team sport; we aren’t writing in a vacuum. We need other writers, mentors, and experts to help us through the journey.
In this podcast, I also share:
- Judgment doesn’t come from love or acceptance; it comes from insecurity.
- Whether your book is good or bad is not up to you; it’s up to the reader.
- I believe everyone has a book in them.
I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review; it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Are you debating on whether it’s worth your time to write a book? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles.
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart.
Don’t delay – get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!