Mindset affects all areas of our lives. If you’re a writer, mindset can be the difference between sitting down to write or staring at a blank screen while facing crippling doubt.
But what is mindset? Can it be mastered? I say yes!
In this blog, I share three steps you can take to master your mindset, so you can write your butt off when you sit down to write.
STEP ONE – Understand what mindset is
Definition: A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations. An inclination or a habit.
Simply put, your mindset is what motivates you and keeps you going or writing when you hit roadblocks like writer’s block and self-doubt. Therefore, conquering your mindset is a necessary step toward being a successful writer.
STEP TWO – Why mindset matters?
If your mindset around writing is unhealthy because you’ve developed bad habits around writing, you’ll need to change your relationship with your mindset.
Some unhealthy habits include: negative thoughts, skipping your writing times, not setting consistent writing times, and listening to naysayers and their opinions.
So what’s a writer to do?
- Develop a healthy mindset to eliminate what stops you from writing or taking action toward your writing goals.
- Develop strategies to stop negative mindset in its tracks.
This leads me to the final step.
STEP THREE – How to rock your mindset
Write out your writing life vision
Describe how your writing life looks, and how you define success as a writer. Some writers use vision boards, but writing them down works just as well. Use this vision as a reminder of why you’re writing. Keep it somewhere you can see it and reflect on it daily.
I recommend journaling these next options, and doing it daily. They can be done in as little as 10 minutes (or more if you need it) daily.
Take 3 minutes to write out the thoughts in your head- the good, the bad, and the ugly. This method clears out the junk in your head that blocks you from writing or taking action.
Set Daily Intentions
Take 3 minutes to write out what you want for yourself and your writing life. The reality you’d like to see for your life:
- I’m a writer, not an aspiring writer.
- I have it in me to finish writing my book.
- I’m a capable and talented writer.
- My book is written and published.
- I wrote an amazing chapter for my book today.
The mediation I’m talking about is the visualization of your daily intentions. While writing it down is important, focusing on visualizing what you’ve written shifts your intentions further into your subconscious, eventually replacing the negative mindsets and beliefs that held you back in the past and replacing them with healthy ones. Take about 4 minutes.
I tried morning mediations before and struggled to focus the rest of the day because I was using that time to remove negative thoughts only. Once I changed the way I setup my day, I saw an instant change because I was being specific and intentional about my mediation time.
The times I suggested are my recommendations only. Sometimes it takes me more time on each, or less time. It’s about doing what feels right in the moment and giving yourself what you need in that moment.
TIP – Habits take time
Most new habits take 21 days to become a part of your everyday life. For this reason, don’t beat yourself up when you fall off track. The important thing is to keep going and not let setbacks stop you from writing for days or weeks, or moving forward with your goals.
What are your struggles with mindset?
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