Member Update: Self-Doubt

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I’ve been a working writer since 1996.

I’ve been working full time as a freelancer since 2003.

I’ve been mentored by some great people — the late and very kind Don Mahoney, a co-founder of AWAI, was one of the first to hire me, and he showed me the value of email marketing.

Mark Everett Johnson brought me in to work on emails for a client of his, and boy, did we have a good time… and did I ever learn a lot.

I’ve worked alongside Nick Usborne, Brian Clark, and Russ Henneberry teaching web writing, content marketing, and SEO copywriting.

I’ve spoken from the stage at Bootcamp and Web Intensive.

So, I have to ask… Would I surprise you if I said I still have days that simply spill over with self-doubt?

Today is one of them…

I have some big things I want to do in the coming year, and those little thoughts are creeping in…

Sure, you want to do big things, but will you?

What makes you think people want to hear from you?

Are you really an expert? Do you think anyone believes that?

Do you ever get thoughts like these? Most writers I know do. The ones starting out and the ones who are well-established. There are just days that are like this.

But that’s all they are. Days. Sometimes hours. They’re temporary.

If you feel the self-doubt creeping in (or crashing in, because boy howdy, it doesn’t always make a graceful entrance), here’s a recipe that helps me get back into my more typical I-love-my-job-and-I-can’t-wait-for-what’s-next mindset.

First, breathe. Deeply. From way down in your belly. Really fill up your lungs. And then exhale completely. Do that five times.

Second, identify the trigger. There isn’t always one, but a lot of times, something happened that started the self-doubt cycle. If you can see the trigger, think it through as calmly and as rationally as you can. Maybe you sent out ten prospecting emails and didn’t get a response. In that case, you can unpack that…

Ten emails isn’t enough to know if your messages are working or not. Timing is key. If you aren’t getting a response from those ten, they likely just don’t have a need for your services at the moment. You can always shift your messaging as you go forward. And there are so, so many more fish in the sea.

Sometimes reflecting calmly on the trigger is enough to make you feel better. But if not, ask yourself what you need. Do you need to curl up with a book and a mug of tea? Do you chat with a friend? Go for a walk? Take a nap? Dig back into your project? Whatever you need, honor that… and almost always, before you know it, you’ll feel more like yourself — your confident, hopeful, determined self.

And then you can get back to pursing your dream!

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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!

Heather Robson



Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Managing editor of Wealthy Web Writer, Heather has over ten years of content marketing and development experience.

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