Reality Blog: Don’t Let Doubt Kill Your Dreams

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
~ Wizard of Oz

Have you ever felt like the Wizard of Oz? You know, in the scene where Toto runs over and pulls the curtain back, exposing him as a fraud…

That’s how I felt for most of January…

Let me tell you why, and then I’ll share some steps that may help you if you’ve ever felt like that, too.

In a recent article, I mentioned how I got a client through a warm email I sent out. My client was a marketing agency that contacted me looking for someone to write blogs for one of their clients.

Even though they asked me about my background and if I had experience in a certain field, the project was for a business not related to my niche. It wasn’t even related to the questions they asked when they approached me.

But being so new to the game, I wasn’t about to turn down any chance at a paid assignment, so I negotiated a price (it was probably too low) and accepted the work… writing two articles for their blog. After all, I can learn whatever I need to with a quick Google search.

It took me about 20 hours to write each of them… the Google search was quick. The reading and sorting out the information was not… but I was still able to meet my deadline.

A week went by with no word from them… me checking the client’s website every other day to see if my articles had been posted. They hadn’t.

My confidence started to fade.

I didn’t want to be a pest, but I finally followed up. Good news… they had approved them and they would be posted soon. Whew!

I asked if they wanted me to write another article. No response.

Two more weeks went by. Still no response. No blog post either.

Confidence level approaching ZERO.

It was as if there was a little person on my shoulder, whispering in my ear, reminding me that I hadn’t known what I was talking about… that I didn’t know the subject matter. Telling me I was a fraud.

Trying to convince myself I was wrong… but sure I was right… I went to the client’s website again. I just about jumped off my chair. There it was. My article! My words! They must have liked it after all.

Scanning it, I noticed a mistake was made when it was posted. Thankful it wasn’t my error, I had an excuse to write to my client pointing it out and adding another question:

“I’m planning my February calendar… would you like me to write anything else?”

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Tracy Clement Wilson

Tracy's a freelance B2B copywriter, web writer, blogger, science geek, tree hugger, and health food fanatic. When she's not busy with her family, she attempts organic gardening and hangs out with her chickens (the ladies who give her eggs), bearded dragon (her favorite...read "only"...lizard), and dogs (her office mates).

5 Comments

  • You really hit the nail on the head for me. That is my biggest obstacle am I good enough. I read this post at least three times and I am going to put your suggestions into practice. I really needed this advice.

    • Thank you Peggy Sue! I think I should print it out for myself and highlight the things that I tend to forget myself.

      You got this!

  • Go Tracy! The self-doubt never really goes away, but as you said, if you can ‘take the edge off’, it’ll get easier to deal with. =)

    One thing I always like to remind myself of when I don’t hear back from a client is that they’re busy too. That’s one of the reasons they hired me, so if I don’t hear from them right away, I keep at it. Every 3-4 days I send an email, as a sort of reminder for them. Eventually they get back to me and off we go.

    • Thank you Julia! I’ll have to add that 3-4 day reminder to my mental notes…or better yet, to my calendar. It’s so easy to forget that they’re just busy.

  • Aloha and excellent down to earth article Tracy Clement Wilson on the dirges of doubt, worry and fear that worked out for you! Enjoyed your five countermeasures to slay the thought dragons.

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