Two things today:
- Most likely, that work you’re struggling with is better than you think it is.
- Even if it isn’t, you need to release it to the world and move on.
You’re better than you think you are
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
I’ve published two posts here in recent weeks that I’ve not been especially proud of. Even though I put a good chunk of time into them, I felt they kinda sucked, and I was sure that they’d be of little use to anyone. But I pushed them out anyway, for better or worse. I have my schedule and I stick to it.
Surprisingly enough, those posts did seem to resonate with some people, as evidenced by the comments and the retweets. I read back over what I’d written and found that they sucked less than I originally thought. Why couldn’t I see that when I was writing them? Why all the doubt?
I guess I shouldn’t have given myself such a hard time. I must remember to keep believing in myself, even when the doubt clouds are swirling.
What project have you been struggling with lately? Maybe you’re thinking it sucks right now, that it should never see the light of day. But you’d be surprised at the value others will find in it, if you’d only let them look.
You gotta keep moving
“This is my 3,000th blog post… The hard part, as you can guess, is the first 2,500 posts. After that, momentum really starts to build.” – Seth Godin, Luckiest Guy
Some bloggers only post when they feel they have something worth saying, something that will set the world on fire. Me? I post regardless, every Tuesday and Friday. Sure, maybe a few of my articles will miss the mark because I’m just pushing something out to stick to my schedule, but in the long run I believe that serves my readers better. Because I’m getting more practice.
I try to view each project I work on as a stepping stone, as practice for whatever I’ll be working on in the future. Take A Course In Courage for example. That was the first paid product I ever created. I built and launched it in just a few short months. And you know what? It didn’t do very well, but that’s okay. I look at the experience as an essential ingredient to producing a killer paid product some other time.
You need to be okay with your projects occasionally missing the mark. Nobody says you have to hit a home run every time. Set yourself a deadline, publish on schedule, and let the world think what it likes. If it’s a hit, great. If it’s not, no worries. Keep moving, keep creating, keep pushing publish. Over the long haul, you can’t help but improve.
What have you been reluctant to release because it’s not quite perfect? Quit your agonizing and hit publish. Then you’ll be free to start anew and do even better next time.