Data shows that stock market investors are their own worst enemy.
Because of their rash, emotional decisions, they sell when stocks are low and buy when they’re high. Ignoring the tried-and-true method to buy and hold stocks through the volatile ups and downs of the market.
Meaning they do the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to do. The average person has wise investing completely backwards.
These poor investment choices are big mistakes too, because they can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $1,000,00-plus over a working career. That’s life-changing money. And it happens because they get in their own way.
But this got me thinking, what other areas are people their own worst enemy?
And immediately I realized that many writers are their own worst enemy.
Do You Get In Your Way?
I read all the time. And I don’t limit myself to books, but also blog posts and their visitor comments, Facebook statuses, Instagram captions, etc.
And way too often I find writers getting in their own way. Common themes of struggling writers include:
- “Each time I sit down to type, I have nothing. The words don’t come to me.”
- “I just wish I didn’t have a 9 to 5 job so I could write more of my book.”
- “Although I want to, I’m not sure I can write a book.”
I’ve found the biggest culprits fall into one of three categories: procrastination, bad time-management, or negative self-talk.
Procrastinators have the time to write, but they decide to watch Netflix all day instead. People with a busy schedule are unintentional with their free time, so they miss small windows to write. And negative self-talk is a killer that can stop any writer in their tracks.
Each weakness leaves blog posts unwritten, books not started, and dreams on hold.
So while stock market investors make poor, emotional decisions that cost them money, aspiring authors also shoot themselves in the foot. Depending on how you look at it, the aspiring authors mistake could be more costly because they get in the way of their dreams.
And it might sound cliche, but I don’t care when I say that dreams are priceless. In my experience, they are.
I hate excuses and so should you. Excuses rob you of what you want to accomplish. They sabotage what you want with no mercy.
Back in the day, you could have the excuse that you tried but every agent and publisher rejected your manuscript. That excuse is somewhat valid (although I’d say keep trying because all you need is one publishing house to accept it) because you made the effort to pitch all those people.
But with the rise of self publishing, you have no excuse not to become a published author. Since the technology is there to publish your book and the world’s largest bookstore (Amazon) is ready to sell your book, all the responsibility lands on your shoulders.
The road is clear, you’re just choosing not to take it. Your effort and excuses are the issue. It’s no one else’s fault.
If this applies to you, don’t get discouraged though. The fact that you control your own destiny is a good thing! It means if you’re willing to work hard for it, you can write your book and receive the rewards.
So it’s time to get rid of all excuses and make progress on your writing goals.
Stop procrastinating because another Netflix episode doesn’t lead to satisfaction. Making progress on your book does.
When you’re stretched for writing time because of work, use your day job as an advantage.
And if you struggle with writer’s block and negativity, give yourself a break. Tell yourself you can do it and write without a care, knowing an editor will shape it up later.
Do what you want to do. Write that book. Share your message with the world. Live the life you want to live.
The opportunities are there. Nothing’s holding you back besides yourself. But now, starting today, you’re not going to let yourself get in your way.
You’re going to choose your goals and yourself.
When you take the leap and push yourself to write a book, it’s scary at first. But you gain momentum that will take you into your goal like the waves take you back into the beach.
Although it’s challenging, that’s part of the fun in becoming an author. The joy is not only having a book to your name, but how the process refines you.
So do whatever you can. Get fired up. Sleep less. Push yourself to type after work. Stay in on a Friday night.
Write that book!
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Do you get in your own way of writing? What worry, fear, or insecurity trips you up? Please comment below to continue the discussion.