If You Write It Publish It
How often have you started writing something down as a great thought for a blog, an article et al only to abandon it after a few paragraphs or sentences? Whilst you are to be complimented for actually penning your thoughts vs the people who think of something and only think about writing it down, you are only slightly better off. Slightly because by writing your thoughts down allows you to better process and expand on the thinking.
So what stops people from publishing their thoughts to the world? Most likely 99% of the time it will be fear in some form.
Fear of criticism – Guess what? Not everyone likes you anyway so eat cement and move on.
Fear of saying publicly what you think because it might box you into a category – You can’t be all things to all people. You do have a special talent and other things you are really good at so celebrate those. As I’ve already said, not everybody likes you anyway, so be a completely authentic you and even those who don’t like you will at least respect you.
Fear that it is not perfect or it is not schmick enough or not polished – Who cares? Very rarely will anything anybody does be absolutely perfect in the first version, and no I don’t mean the draft version, I mean the final copy. Your journey to perfection starts with these moments of learning. With public speaking, if you only ever speak to yourself in the mirror after 20 times you will still be just talking to yourself. If you speak to 20 audiences by the 20th time you will naturally improve. By the 100th time the difference in your skills levels will be even greater. The same can be said for ‘public’ writing. BTW, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a spell checker. You should!
Fear of …. fill in your own blank and then deal with it!
People want to know who you are and what you stand for. They want to be able to at least feel like they know you. That, your general public reputation, trusted third party referrals and their gut will tell them whether they think and feel as though they can trust you at whatever level is necessary for potential interactions between you.
So next time you have a thought, write it down, and once you have written it down, publish it without delay. Don’t squirrel together a bunch of thoughts that only you ever read once more before you die. If you have something to say and you believe it is helpful, valuable, and possibly even inspiring, then tell the world.