Are you depending too much on what others think?
I’ll be the first to admit that I put too much emphasis on what others think. Whether it’s in my personal or professional life, my weakness is to value my self-worth on how people view me. I know, I know, I should listen to my own advice and not worry about what people think. But it’s hard to do when my inner voice amplifies popular opinion.
I’m writing the sequel to Princess of the Light and almost every day, my inner voice yells negative thoughts.
“This is crap. You’re a talentless hack and no one will bother to read this.”
“Why are you wasting your time on this story? It doesn’t sell and no one cares.”
“You’re not a writer so why not quit?”
On and on the slew of comments go. I close my eyes and will the voice to be silent. It quiets down eventually and then my muse speaks.
“You’re blessed with the ability to move readers. Use your gift for good.”
“A lot of people are drawn to you and your words matter.”
“Share Mary’s story and if one person reads it, it’ll be worth it.”
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what others think of myself or my work. What matters is how I feel about it. I love myself and I know that I’m a good person. I may be shy and insecure at times but so was Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my superhero). When I embrace my inner Buffy, all negative thoughts flee before they can be slayed. 😉
What others think of you doesn’t matter but what you feel about yourself is what’s important! Embrace your inner superhero and defeat those negative thoughts!