|Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting the IWSG.|
January is not a time to wallow in the negative side of insecurity-- to look back and doubt your ability, question your direction, feel badly about your lack of success. No. January is the month to look forward--embrace the positives of insecurity.
Here's what insecurity has taught me in the last year:
- This isn't where I need to be. Insecurity is a catalyst for feelings of restlessness with my current progress and can provide the motivation to grit my teeth and reach for the next project.
- I can do better. A bit of doubt about my ability can cause me to dig in the craft books a little deeper, learn a little more, strive to increase my writing skill.
- I need to remain humble. While I don't want to nurse my insecurity, a little keeps me humble, and I've learned humility is the ingredient that reminds me to be gentle and kind with others in their walk, helping out in the ways I'm able, and even adds a touch of warmth to my own writing.
This year, I'm going to choose to embrace my insecurity. The feeling is inevitable. But instead of agonizing over the flashes of negativity, I'm going to strive to dig inside, examine why the feeling exists, give it a hug, and let it be a motivation for improvement and empathy.
How will you embrace insecurity this year?