Monday, July 13, 2015
When it comes to writing, what kinds of thoughts run through your mind?
Are they positive? Negative? A little of each?
I believe that we have a soundtrack that plays in our heads, one that affects our writing. Positive self talk can move our writing forward while the negative hinders our progress.
How do we determine what our soundtrack is? By paying attention to our thoughts. "Tuning in" is telling. I sometimes find myself skipping down that unproductive thought road. Joyce Meyer said, "Where the mind goes, the man follows." She's right.
What do we do if our soundtrack is primarily negative? How do we refocus and change the tune? Here are a few things that help keep my self talk on track:
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. I have my ups and downs, but my bottom line is this - I know that I'm a writer. No matter how I feel, this is what God has called me to do. When I catch myself entangled in a lousy attitude, I work to shift the thoughts and mentally regroup.
Stay amidst positive influences - like treasured writer friends. For me, this is you all. You've offered a wealth of love and support. It warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes when I think of the encouragement you've given to me over the years.
Tap into your faith to stay grounded. This means keeping my ears attentive to God's word and meditating on His principles. Perspective is better when focused in the right place.
Use good resources. Blogs, books, continued education, etc. Glean from the insight of seasoned writers.
Heed the advice of a cowboy. Cowboy preacher Gospel Bill tells his young audiences, "Garbage in, garbage out," When we sow negative things into our heads, we reap the same. If we sow the positive and valuable, we reap great long term benefits. I like this simple reminder.
Have you ever considered your writing soundtrack? What do you do to combat negative self talk in other areas?
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