The biggest hurdle of writing is different for everyone. But if you’re anything like me, believing in yourself might just be the first and greatest hurdle.
Grab a pen and any kind of paper. Post-it note, coffee shop napkin, whatever. Write this down:
I am a writer.
Rewind the clock a bit and get back into your five-year-old self. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Astronaut? Veterinarian? Ballerina? Firefighter? Teacher? Doctor? Barbie? (I wanted to be all of them at one point.)
Now, remember how you said it.
When we’re five, we say it proudly. We stand up straight and declare it and claim it and own it. When I grow up, I’m going to be the President. We leave no space for doubt and no space for question. We believe in ourselves.
Fast forward to the present, but don’t leave that five-year-old you there. Bring that kiddo with.
In the next mirror you pass, say it like you’re five: I am a writer. Sometimes it takes a little fake-it-till-you-make it. Keep saying it and you’ll come to believe it.
You’ve been made for something big. Believe in yourself.