Have you ever felt like you could be more?
I’m talking about that feeling deep down that nudges you forward with your writing.
That feeling that tells you that you are good enough, that you can become a real writing rockstar.
But it’s not that easy. If it were, you wouldn’t be reading this. There’s something holding you back.
Something elusive that doesn’t seem to go away. But is it really elusive?
Can you let it be and still go after your dreams?
Let’s explore that question.
Before we do anything, we have to define what a writing rockstar is.
You see, you’re already a writing rockstar. This is not about being a best-selling fiction writer who sells millions of copies.
If you want to do that, that’s fine. But beware of wanting to achieve a goal that is set by other people.
This is about doing what makes your heart sing. It’s about writing in a way that fills your life with joy.
Society imposes standards on us, but they are irrelevant. What matters is what you feel. When you stay true to your quirky self, you are already a rockstar.
Because it’s what you want. It’s what your heart wants.
You don’t need a reason to go after your dreams. There’s a reason you want what you want. You don’t have to justify it to anyone.
You just have to take action.
When you embrace your dreams, and you start going after them without needing permission from anyone, your life will change.
But for most people, they never take action, because there are fears holding them back. Fears that exist only in their heads.
There are a lot of fears that hold writers back, but I see three core ones.
These are the fears that lurk under most excuses. These hold you back from becoming the writer you secretly want to become.
Let’s take a closer look.
You don’t know what will happen, how it’ll happen, or when it’ll happen.
I work with a lot of people who want to turn their passion into a thriving lifestyle business, and I see a common pattern.
That pattern is that we have no idea what the future will bring. Where you start is not where you end up.
The key then is to take action anyway, because life will reveal the path to you. There will always be uncertainty, but you have to be willing to start anyway.
Write down what you’re afraid of, then start moving toward your fears.
Then we have the fear of what others will think of you. What if you fail? What if you write something and people hate it?
There’s no magic potion I can give you to rid you of your fears. You have to dive deep into your fears and really look at what they are made of.
Yes, they may have their roots in the past, but what happens if you take action anyway?
What happens if the worst comes to pass? If people hate your writing, would you stop writing, or would you keep going?
Ultimately, this isn’t about other people. This is about you. Other people won’t live your life for you. They can judge. They can criticize. But in the end, it doesn’t matter.
Are you beginning to notice that these three fears are really the same?
We fear failure, but what we fail to realize is that making mistakes and falling flat on our face is necessary.
I get paid to do what I love, not because I’m smarter than you, but because I’ve tried more stupid things, and learned from them.
The sooner you start failing, the sooner you will succeed.
But even when you succeed, you’ll set new goals, so success in and of itself will not make you happy.
You have to find what makes you happy right now, and then let life deal with the fruits of your labor.
That is the hallmark of a writing rockstar. Do what makes your heart sing.
If you want to write a book, start writing 300-word stories, or start journaling. Let your heart lead the way.
It’s by starting that things will start taking shape.
You see, you can’t really figure life out. If you’ve tried, you know I’m telling you the truth. Life will figure itself out.
Life has its own energy.
The same is true for your writing and your dreams. When you start, things are set in motion.
So focus on taking one small step. One tiny, tiny step. You’ll know it’s tiny enough because it won’t completely freak you out.
Then enjoy what you’re doing, and let things take time. Sometimes it takes years to see results, but when you keep writing and putting in the work, the rewards will be exponential.
Start small. What can you do once you’re done reading this article?
The path to stardom is not glamorous. Forget about that. Just focus on putting in the work, in whatever way you can.
Yes, and part of becoming a writing rockstar is facing challenges.
You’ve been struggling, which means you’ve been learning and growing. That’s good. The reason you suffer is because you want something you don’t have.
Focus on doing what brings enjoyment in this very moment. Write what makes your heart sing, and let the fruits of your labor come when they come.
You can’t control what happens, you can only do your best right now. Let go of the rest, and focus on writing. Focus on producing your best work and having fun.
If there’s anything I’ve realized, it is that I don’t have as much control as I would want.
In fact, I have very little control.
All I can do is my best, and let the rest fall into place in its own way.
What I do know is that I have to be willing to move forward. When I started building my online business, I didn’t know anything.
But I kept taking one step at a time, and here I am, with a blog that just passed 10,000 subscribers.
The same is true for becoming a writing rockstar. You have to tap into what your heart truly wants.
You have to uncover your fears and then go after them.
That’s the only way to do work you love, and live a life worth living.
What kind of obstacles have you been facing on your path to becoming the writer you want to be?
And if you’ve overcome any of them, how did you do that?
I’ll hang out in the comments, so please share your story, because I’m curious.
About the author:
Henri Junttila is the founder of Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people turn their passion into a thriving online business. If you’re interested in learning more, grab his free special report (+ other irresistible goodies).
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