💬 “Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” ( Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle)
😨 Imposter syndrome: I know you of old.
👍 But, recently, I’ve been pushing past the fear and saying ‘yes’ to opportunities that come my way.
One for October:
🖥 I’m going to be a guinea pig for editing legend, Paul Beverley, who will show me how to use MTRs (that’s Macros by the Tourist Route.) Have you seen those weird codes and squiggles that make up macros? I’m nervous of them. But, my desire to use them to increase editing efficiency outweighs my fear of drowning in script, or whatever those things might be called.
One for November:
✒ I’m going to attend an in-person creative writing workshop. I’ve been given writing prompts to get me started and a bit of background reading. Commenting on other people’s creative output is what I do for a living. It’ll be different having the torch shone on my own stuff!
One for December:
❓ Who knows? Let’s see what comes my way.
I’ve been the person saying the ‘shoulds’ and the ‘coulds’.
If I want to do something, I’d better walk the walk.
❌ In fact, look at that modality – I *had better*…
I will walk the walk.
🚶♀️I walk the walk.
Thanks again, readers – you often listen to my affirmations!
❓Is there something you want to do that you’re actually a bit scared of?