It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to talk about insecurities. Before I do that, I’d like to thank Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this wonderful meme. If you'd like to learn more about it, just click on his name.
Happy New Year! I hope you had an amazing holiday season!
The great thing about a new year is that we get a chance to start fresh, set new goals, and reflect on our accomplishments. 2012 was a good year for me, and I’m hoping 2013 is even better. This would probably be a perfect time to make the New Year’s resolution that in 2013 I’m not going to be insecure. Sounds great, doesn't it? But I know that isn't a realistic goal. After all, no one sets out to be insecure. It just sort of happens.
So in 2013 I vow to use my insecurities to help me work harder. I’m going to try to spin them into something good. This has worked for me before. For example, when I lacked confidence in my writing, I took courses and attended conferences to help me improve my craft. When I feel there’s something lacking in a novel I’m working on, I reach out to my critique partners and beta readers for advice. By doing this I've been able to use my insecurities to become a better writer. So, if I start to obsess over the things I’m insecure about, I’m going to try to remember to hit pause and to find a way to turn that insecurity into something positive.
And if by chance that doesn't work, well chocolate always helps. J
How do you deal with your insecurities?