It’s the wood that should fear your hand, not the other way around. No wonder you can’t do it, you acquiesce to defeat before you even begin.
~Chia Hui (Gordon) Liu, Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s scary to do, and obviously writing is one of them. So many times I hear people say, “I can’t” or they’ll make up dozens upon dozens of excuses to not do what they were supposed to do, MEANT to do. And the sad thing is, they don’t have enough respect for themselves to even TRY.
Without any proof of fact, people have a tendency to be negative about their own strengths and abilities. You haven’t even started, yet you’re absolutely confident that you can’t do it, for no actual reason. If you’re so afraid that you won’t even try because of fear of failure, you’ve already failed.
Something I frequently tell Danika, “You are your very first cheerleader, and you should be the one who cheers loudest for yourself. If you can’t cheer for yourself, why would you expect anyone else to?”
You don’t have to be certain that you will succeed, that’s a given. But you are NOT allowed to to believe that you will immediately fail without just cause. None of us are certain about our successes, but believing you WILL succeed is half of your drive.
In case you’ve forgotten, I know another little guy who wasn’t sure if he could do it or not, and he ended up doing it: