By Nancy Ann
Some writers are happy just to write. But if it is your goal to make a living as a writer, or to at least generate some income from your writing, you will need to sell your product. This means that you will need to put yourself out there for the public to see.
If you are shy, don’t let that hold you back. Many known writers are introverts, yet they have taken steps to help them boost their self-confidence. Here are a few steps that can help you increase confidence in yourself:
1) Wake up with a positive attitude. Some mornings I wake up with the “I don’t want to go to work!” attitude. I didn’t’ like starting my day like this, so what I did was change my attitude before my feet even hit the floor. As soon as I caught myself grumbling about going to work, I quickly reminded myself that I am thankful for the job that I have and how fortunate I am that my employer allows me to choose hours that accommodate my ambitions as a writer. Now, I rarely wake up with a bad attitude.
2) Let your positive thinking boost your success. Think of the goals that you have set and achieved, or that you are on your way to achieving. Allow yourself to be successful! You don’t have to wait until your book hits the best-seller list. If you set a goal to complete a rough draft in X amount of time and you reached that goal, consider that a first step toward success!
3) Avoid naysayers and negative people. The world is full of them. I have found that many of the negative people that I have encountered tend to have no real ambitions and seem to like to keep others at their level by trying to convince them that they will never achieve their goals. The good news is that the world is full of positive people, too. Seek out positive and ambitious people. You will find that most of these people are successful.
These are just a few simple steps that anybody can take to boost their self-confidence. As you can see, much of it depends upon having a positive attitude, which in turn, will make you feel more confident.
I encourage you to think positive, be confident, and to keep moving forward!