One way to make your dreams and writing goals come true is by setting realistic goals and visualizing success. Most writers set goals. But how many of us actually believe that we will accomplish these goals? I would venture to bet that very few of us do.
One of the main reasons why writers don’t believe that they will accomplish their writing goals is because they don’t trust that they will get them done. By thinking negatively about their writing goals, they are setting themselves up for failure.
It’s not easy to believe in yourself as a writer. Believe me, it took me years to do so myself. But I think I still would have been plagued by negative thinking and a lack of self-trust if I wouldn’t have changed my mind-set from one of expecting the worse all the time to expecting the best. That’s right…when you expect the best to happen, it actually does. This is because what you focus on grows. So, if you focus on negative things, they grow. However, when you focus on all the benefits you will receive as a result of setting clear and consistent writing goals, and the possible contract at the end of the day, that will happen too.
Here are a few tips to trust yourself and to take steps to turn negative thoughts about your writing into positive ones:
1. Be determined to set realistic, consistent goals that you can keep over a period of time.
2. Be determined to complete these goals, by setting smaller goals and being positive about your ability to accomplish your goals.
3. Imagine yourself accomplishing your goals–even before you achieve them.
4. Trust your imagination at all times.
5. When you achieve a goal, even if it’s a small goal, give yourself a pat on the back each time.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to accomplish your writing goals, stress less, and trust yourself more.
Irene S. Roth
Freelance Writer, Author, and Editor