Previously, I would say that my mindset could use a heaping scoop of improvement. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I had said a 5-gallon bucket-worth of mindset adjustment. I realize I limit myself with fears of failure, feeling like a fraud and concern with how others might perceive my efforts. As I have pondered these self-limiting challenges, I realize that action minimizes my inhibitions. I may succeed and I may fail, with either outcome I will learn and grow.
I have done well to take advice from a fellow dietitian side-hustler, Katie Dodd, who turned full time entrepreneur. Her advice is to give up perfectionism for done and trade anxious apprehension for joyful expectation.
My greatest barrier to face as starting this journey is limited time. My priorities include family, work, church and myself. Part of my long game is getting time back. If I reach my goals, I will have more time to spend with family, developing myself and giving up a 9 to 5.
- I must be intentional with how I spend my time
- I must plan each step and stay organized to keep on track with tasks
- I must set boundaries between my priorities and seek balance among them
My overarching goals include:
- Publish my Children’s book “The Boy Who Burped”
- Launching my publishing website Citrus Press
- Grow a social media Instagram following to 1K
Self-publishing a book is a daunting task, especially if you’re plagued by imposter syndrome – that nagging feeling that you are not good enough and will be exposed as a fraud. Trust me, I have been there. I have made a conscious effort to embrace a growth mindset.
With a growth mindset I recognize that I am not a finished product and I have the ability to grow and improve as a writer. I can overcome these obstacles and see my writing in print. My writing is a skill that can be developed, just like any other.
I recently read the book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck #ad. This book helped me better understand that success in our talents and abilities can be greatly influenced by our mindset. I have been working on embracing setbacks as learning opportunities and believe that my abilities can be developed.
I am embracing a growth mindset, focusing on the process of writing, and bravely asking for feedback. With a little bit of grit and determination, I am determined to not let myself hold me back.
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