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I have to be honest, I am sharing this article because it really hits home for me. If you are like me and worry about putting yourself out there, then this article is for you and you are not alone. Head on over to Postive Writer and read the article by Bryan Hutchinson. If this article is not for you, please share how you deal with this anxiety!
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Stop Worrying About What People Think and Create Anyway
One of the surest ways to find unhappiness and limit your creativity is worrying about what others think of you or your work.
It’s true, and I am guilty of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When we worry about what other people are doing, achieving or receiving, we steal valuable energy and confidence from ourselves and we start to doubt that we are good enough.
And yet, there’s worse:
The worst comes when you inhibit yourself because you’re too concerned with what someone thinks of you.
Of course, we should have some concern about our image, what we do and what people think of us, especially if we want to be sociable and get along. However, there have been times when I’ve carried this too far and worried incessantly.
To use blogging as an example, I’ve kept posts in my drafts for weeks on end, sometimes not posting at all, simply to avoid criticism from those who are impossible to please.
Oh yes, if you haven’t realized it yet (and I am sure you have), there are people who cannot and will not be pleased and if you are a people pleaser, then writing, blogging, creating art, or doing just about anything publicly might not be for you.
Blogging opens me up to the world, so, of course, there are going to be people who disagree with my ideas and opinions and to a degree, I expected that.
But I’ll be honest, I had no idea that there would be people out there who hate what I write and who go to obsessive lengths to make sure I know it.
It’s not an enjoyable experience and if you can relate, here’s a unique solution you might find helpful.
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