Dear Web Writer,
Is it weird that I was thrilled to realize I’ve been sabotaging myself?
I blogged about it last week. About the discouraging rut I was in, and that every time I dip down like that, I do something that makes it next to impossible to rise up and overcome.
Like wanting to tell all my clients, “Do yourself a favor and fire me.”
It comes down to a single, pretty evil term — self-sabotage. A rotten malady that makes you petrified of success, screams that you’re not good enough and never will be, and pretty much goads you to step back from all things goal-oriented.
Hence, the “just fire me” outlook.
Those were blue times — but check this out: Today, we have answers … a plan of action … and high ho, a light at the end of this woebegone tunnel!
First Step: Admit You Have A Problem
The most important thing to do right off is admit you need to deal with this. As with any challenge, you won’t find answers if you refuse to recognize the core problem.
Because I’ve enjoyed some success at writing for profit over the last few years, I didn’t want to admit my problem. Bowing to self-sabotage makes me feel like I’m starting from Square One. Like I haven’t learned a dang thing over the past intense years of effort.
That’s why an article from Psychology Today really opened my eyes. Regarding self-sabotage, it said,
“Everyone does it sometimes.”
So it doesn’t matter where you are or what you’ve done.
You could be brand-new to web writing, or a seasoned veteran.
Maybe you’ve succeeded a lot, maybe you’ve failed.
Maybe you’ve run other businesses successfully for years, so it’s hard to believe you’re in a pickle now, despite your hard-won wisdom.
Could be you blame someone else for where you are now, because they sabotaged you.
But don’t you see? None of that matters. Where you are right now is the exact point at which you can start moving forward.
Now is the moment you admit you’re a big part of your own problem, and commit to getting out of your own way. If you’re a self-saboteur, you’ve been pitting yourself against your own thoughts and impulses for a long time. That stops TODAY.
Don’t Make Your Mistakes Even Worse By Doing This
This is exactly what I confessed last week I’m guilty of: When I make a mistake, I top-load them with more bad decisions. It’s the story of your basic addict.
So after admitting you have a problem, here’s what you do:
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