Someone recently commented that the question of “Is it good enough?” has been holding her back from publishing blog posts. It’s something I hear often from readers.
I totally relate.
Here’s the thing: once you start going down that path, nothing you do will ever feel “good enough.” There will always be someone out there doing it better than you in your mind. People are writing millions of blog posts each day, and you’re not saying anything that hasn’t been said before.
Pretty depressing, huh? So… what’s the point?
The point is that you haven’t said it yet in your own unique blend of personality, perspective, style, and timing. You may believe someone else says it better, but your readers come to you for a reason. Maybe the way you say it is just what they need for it to finally click. Maybe you’re publishing at just the right time for someone.
Furthermore, you will never be good at anything if you don’t keep doing the work.
Pushing past the fear of never being “good enough” is something you have to practice. Each time you hit publish anyway and see the good from it, it gets a little easier next time. It’s like a muscle that you have to keep exercising regularly to gain strength.
So how do you push past the fear? Remind yourself of your goals, and stay so focused on them that you don’t have room in your mind for second-guessing and self-doubt. Then it becomes a question of how you’re setting yourself back and what you may be missing out on if you don’t publish.
One last note: This isn’t just about blogging — I think with anything we do in life comes with a certain amount of self-doubt. I deal with it just as often in my business as I do my blog. Whether you’re publishing a blog post or sending off your latest client work for approval, you have to remember that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Even if the results aren’t what you hoped for, you’ll still learn something in the process and be one step ahead the next time.
How do you push past the fear of never being “good enough?”