Many of us participating in the WordPress Post A Day/Week Challenge have experienced the feeling of uncertainty as we jumped aboard embracing this challenge confident in our blogging abilities. The first week or two was exciting and topics rambled through our heads … little sticky notes were posted everywhere with our ideas and plans. A few dropped out but many continued on – the realization of what we had committed to took hold and questions started popping up in our minds.
Would we be able to continue writing daily or weekly and remain interesting, creative and informative? The challenge to prove our writing abilities existed along with the ever-present challenge of our own personal worth which lurked quietly in the background. The mind is a powerful tool, and while it is also a very powerful motivator, it will allow self-doubt to creep in and gain ground if we let it. Then we will become frustrated and unhappy. The key is to stop the self-doubt when it first appears. A little trick that works for me is … the minute I realize negative talk is taking place in the echoes of my mind, I say “one word” and it jolts me away from listening and makes me focus elsewhere. My one word is “Deborah” – I say this, nod my head in agreement and move past the bad talk. When my daughter was younger, she would say my name “Deborah” in the formal version whenever she heard me saying or doing something negative. I now use that same word to shake me back to my senses!
Learning how to move past the negative talk and looking back on the first month … We realize we are quite capable. Encouraging Yes! Only now… we have made it habit to not only create our blog post but to read and comment on fellow blog writers forming a network of like- minded people. We offer support, ideas and the common bond that we can all do this!
—> Tiny little oversight …. there is not enough time to read, comment and balance the rest of our lives – there simply isn’t! We start to feel guilty for not visiting everyone and that self-doubt voice is at it again! What do we do now to jump over this new hurdle?
First, realize you do not have to do it all. When time allows you will visit and comment on those blogs you have an interest in. Keep mindful that this is something you should enjoy doing not something that carries a weight of obligation. When the challenge first started I created this Facebook Group and it seems to be the center I work from to list my daily blog post and then scan the others in the group to see if there is something to read. I can “Like” the post from the group or click their link and read leaving a comment in either place. This allows me a one-stop place to add my support and motivation to others. If I miss someone that’s ok too since there are others in the group who are also reading and commenting. It’s a friendly group with people who realize we are all doing this together and it is a Challenge!
Although I want to believe I am Wonder Woman and can do it ALL … I am brought back to reality by my daughter’s little voice saying … Deborah!