If you’re a writer, you have creativity running through your veins. The ability to put emotions and intuition into words of inspiration, wisdom, or insight doesn’t come easy for many people. Not everyone is able to articulate their thoughts, distill lessons from their experiences, and put them onto paper. Being a wordsmith is a real gift, and with that gift you’re able to effect change in the world! It could be through letters you write, cards you send, poetry you pen, your blog or books—you are powerful! Don’t shortchange yourself through fear and doubt or let a lack of confidence keep you from sharing your gifts with the world. Step into your power. It’s already inside you. Embrace it. Use it.
Practically speaking, what does that mean?
Recognize your strengths, talents, and abilities. We’re all aware of our weaknesses and shortcomings, but how much time do we spend appreciating our strong points? Not often enough! Do you have a vivid imagination? Are you a story-teller? Does it come easy to you to come up with interesting characters, plot-twists, and intriguing story-lines for your novels? And what about non-fiction; are you good at explaining things, showing your readers with descriptive words how to make something, simplify their lives, or reach for their dreams? Focus on improving your strengths, not your weaknesses. Real satisfaction comes from knowing what you do well and giving yourself kudos for it.
Acknowledge the positive things about yourself. This goes hand in hand with recognizing your strengths, talents, and abilities. You can know that you do something well, yet still lack confidence or have a poor self-image. If you look deep enough into your soul you’ll discover your dreams, the ones you may have long forgotten that whisper you have amazing potential, that you’re capable, valuable, and worth it. It’s time to revive those dreams! Being able to appreciate good things about yourself will boost your confidence and motivate you to persevere.
Identify the good you are doing for yourself and for others. Make a list and review it daily. How are you taking care of yourself? What are you doing that helps family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers? It can be as simply as saying a kind word, treating someone to coffee or lunch, running an errand for a friend, or giving encouragement to someone who’s down. You’re doing more good than you may realize. Your list is meant to empower you and help you see that you can and do make a difference.
Be confident in being you. As you look back on your accomplishments in life, you’ll realize they took perseverance and dedication to achieve. You’re already an overcomer, destined for success—whatever success may mean to you; it’s not always about money. Self-doubt can be overcome by learning to be at peace with yourself, accepting your limitations, and making the most of your strengths. You were not meant to be like everyone else. Each human is unique and has something to offer, so showcase your talents! Let others enjoy the beauty you create.
Pour your soul into writing and share it with the world. You were designed to be creative, resilient, powerful. You have all the tools you need inside of you. Step up to the plate and take a swing at your dreams. Step out of your comfort zone to discover new possibilities. Step into your power and be transformed.
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