So, I’m already nearly a third of the way through my Damn Fine Words writing course.
What am I learning?
I have learned that I can be committed and disciplined. 10 days of writing every day. Big pat on the back. One day it even just fell into my schedule. No chore. Not even on my “to do” list.
Without telling you too much about the course as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone wanting to do it in the future. If you do want to improve your writing, attitude towards writing or have a writing project that you want to complete – I would highly recommend the course. James Chartrand is brilliant. Ok, plug over ..
I had to DIG DEEP on Lesson 3. Spent a whole day mulling it over. It’s all about limiting beliefs – all those things we tell ourselves that keep us in a state of mediocrity.
EVERYONE has that voice inside their head.
What is it telling you?
For a lot of us, however the limiting belief is dressed up …
It can have an undercurrent of :
“I am not good enough.”
I mean, where do these ideas come from?
We can all be so self-critical. This can stop us from starting things ( what’s the point, I am not going to succeed anyway) or from completing projects ( as soon as it’s finished, it can be up for being judged in some way).
James Chartrand gave some great feedback about shifting the context of the ‘critical voice.’
A technique that can be used when you notice that self critical voice is changing the voice to sound like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy or any of your favourite cartoon characters. It just has to change the context of the voice.
Notice it’s ridiculousness. This is what has power over us!
I tried it, this morning whilst wrestling with demons getting in the way of writing this blog post. It worked. And as soon as I press publish on this post, I’ll know it’s really worked.
And for today at least, I’ll know I’m winning.
Have a great week,