The other day I found myself anxious about an article that I was being featured on for our local paper. Why? Because I was worried about what others would think. Aside from my immediate family, I haven’t really shared my blog with others. In fact, when I read the email from the journalist asking to interview me, I almost emailed her back saying I couldn’t do it. You see, I enjoy writing about what I want without having others give me some type of input or opinion on what they think my blog should look like. This is my personal writing space and I didn’t want anything or anyone to ruin that for me.
Eventually I stopped thinking about the negatives and I was actually excited about being featured alongside some amazing bloggers. My parents still don’t truly understand what I do, but I think this solidified it for them that this is not a hobby for me.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time I’ve allowed my own fears or negative thoughts affect me. It’s easy to come up with a great idea or get excited about doing something you know you’ll enjoy, but allow your inner critic stall you. Often this is what your thoughts look like:
What will they think?
Will they like it?
Will they be offended?
Will they think I’m bragging?
I can tell you from experience that negative thoughts are like a virus. Once they take over, they control your actions and ability to make any progress. Do you want to get from point A to point B? Then silent your inner critic. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself mulling over every negative thought that pops up in your head.
I love writing, it’s truly my passion. I love sharing tips and bits of our family with people I’ve connected with online. I enjoy creating yummy recipes and sharing those with you. I also enjoy sharing family-friendly products from a mom’s perspective. But if I worried about how it will be received each time I decided to share a post, I probably wouldn’t have a blog at all.
My point is, do what you love and enjoy it. The only opinion that matters is your own. You’ll make mistakes along the way and not everyone is going to like everything you do. That’s OK and it’s part of life. Don’t let it hinder you from doing what you love and what you’re passionate about.
Do you find yourself struggling with you inner critic? I would love it if you shared how it has affected you.