Every few months or so I need a reminder to stop overthinking. It’s a bad habit that always creeps in and, if left unchecked, has the power to halt any progress I’m making on pretty much anything I’m working on.
That’s why I love blogging so much — it forces you to just do the work. The longer you ignore it, the harder it is to come back. No matter how many extended blog breaks I take (which I’ve done as recently as a month ago), I always return with the same conclusion: it’s a hell of a lot easier to create when you’re in the habit of doing it regularly. Ignore a blog for too long, and it’s no longer a blog. Eventually you just have to hit that publish button, regardless of how you feel about the work you created.
We are definitely our biggest critics. I’m willing to bet that the post you are least proud of still had a positive effect on at least one person out there. And if not? Well, the blogosphere moves fast, and that post was quickly forgotten.
The posts we are least proud of are also part of our larger body of work in some way, if only to teach us what we don’t want our work to be about. And it’s only through continuously creating that we can see patterns and improve.
So here’s your reminder (and mine): Stop overthinking. Keep adding to your body of work.
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