The word “success” has various meanings. Some writers stay laser-focused on the end result, but I propose that we step back, slow down, and view success as footprints in the sand. Each footprint represents one day.
Will you step into that print or let it wash away in the tide?
Success is about adopting a growth mindset. Every morning I watch the sunrise. Why? Because it grounds me with a positive mindset for the day. If you roll over and slap the snooze button, dreading the day ahead, you’ll start the day with a negative mindset. Things tend to roll downhill from there.
Have you ever heard a writer complain that they’re just not any good at writing? That’s called a fixed mindset. Their mind is made up. They will never be a good writer. Period. End.
A growth mindset is positivity based. The writer with a growth mindset says, “I may not be the best writer today, but I will be.”
See the difference?
The writer with the growth mindset is stepping into the footprint to see where it leads. The writer with the fixed mindset would rather complain about writing on social media and let the footprint melt away in the tide.
Success is not about how many books you’ve sold, the amount of traffic to your blog, or even an article going viral. Instead, success is about progress, growth, and moving forward. That type of success is sustainable and filled with joy. We often say writing is a marathon, not a sprint, and there’s a reason for that. By celebrating small successes along the way to that big dream, we give ourselves positive reinforcement, we cheer ourselves on, we maintain a positive and joyous mindset.
Embrace your potential.
Understand that good writing is not a natural talent. It’s earned through study and practice and showing up every day.
If you struggle with a negative mindset, flip the script.
- Where the negative writer sees a problem, the positive writer seizes the opportunity to grow and learn.
- When the negative writer doesn’t know an answer and gives up, the positive writer researches the problem.
- Where the negative writer sees criticism, the positive writer appreciates the feedback.
- Where the negative writer might feel jealously, the positive writer feels admiration.
- Where the negative writer might find something too hard, the positive writer knows the hard work will be worthwhile in the end.
People in general who believe that their efforts and strategies can lead to success are likely to engage in learning activities and take on challenges with enthusiasm, so they learn more, which reinforces their belief that they can learn to write well. In fact, according to some psychologists, this confidence, or self-efficacy, is central to motivation and learning.
What is a writing mindset?
It’s how we think about writing. Because I start the day with a positive mindset, I can’t wait to get to my keyboard. I know I’m gonna have a great day. Why? Because a writing mindset supports creative work.
How we approach and frame our writing problems lead to positive or negative outcomes. Working on developing a growth mindset will support your writing process.
So, for example, if you believe you can only write on Monday mornings from 8-10 a.m., you’re already making decisions about your ability to write on a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a Saturday, so if you slip behind the keyboard on any other day but Monday, it’ll be harder to write. You’ve handicapped your creativity with a fixed (negative) mindset.
How do we develop a writing mindset?
It’s about thinking that supports creativity, productivity, and persistence within our written work. It’s about reframing negative thought patterns. For example, I am not a poet, but I would never say I couldn’t write a poem. I would never say I couldn’t write anything. That’s not a self-serving statement. It stems from the knowledge that I can learn to write anything I want. And so can you!
A writing mindset challenges negativity and forces us to examine where negative thoughts stem from. Fear? Anxiety? Low self-esteem?
Writers with a growth mindset rarely, if ever, experience writer’s block. Why? Because we’ve harnessed the power of self-belief and positivity.
Benefits of a Writing/Growth Mindset
- You will feel more in control of your writing.
- Writing won’t feel so elusive and magical (magical meaning, to the point where you can’t replicate it).
- You’ll be able to decide when and where you write rather than waiting for motivation or inspiration.
- You’ll learn to show up and put in the hours.
- You’ll step into the next footprint to see where it leads.
Okie doke, my beloved TKZers. There’s your Monday morning pep-talk. Now, go seize the day!