Moving along in a series on building confidence as a writer, we’re building on prior weeks of: early morning feel good, daily writing, eating for energy, act-as-if, focus on others, plan to avoid panic, and appreciate your differences.
This week we’re tying back into the first week where the tip was to start your day off doing something that makes you feel good. For me, I go out on my deck and greet the morning / new day giving thanks for new opportunities. Others snuggle with their children, spend time journaling, enjoying coffee and quiet… the options are limitless and unique to each of us.
Today, a way to help build confidence in your writing (or life, or any particular focus you may have) is at the end of the day, make a list of activities, accomplishments, experiences, and so on that made you feel good during the day.
This can be an actual list, a journal page, notes, a few moments meditating on the positives of your day – it can be whatever form you like, but take a few minutes at the end of your day to think back and realize:
- you crossed off 1, 2, 3, or more items on your ToDo list
- you wrote for 5 minutes, 24 minutes, or 45 minutes
- you managed to edit 3 pages of a story you want to submit
- you tried a new food and liked it
- you caught a glimpse of the sun through a tree
- someone said ‘thank you’ for a job well done
- you turned a project in early
- the man down the hall who never smiles, actually smiled
- you have more than one thing on your end-of-day Feel Good list
- you found the perfect gift for someone special
- you laughed
- you received a hug
- you received a check
- your cat/dog/child let you sleep until the alarm clock chimed
It can be just about anything that made you feel good. I felt good about having fleece socks on last night – they were so soft and warm. I also felt great getting 2,234 words written for a work in progress. I felt good about getting this blog post done. I enjoyed last night’s sunset. It felt good to help my neighbor with her grocery shopping.
The list can be as long or as short as you like – try to have a minimum of 3 or 5 items a day and at the end of a month read back through (if you keep a written copy) and I bet you’ll be amazed at all the good / happy / things that made you feel good become more and more related to your writing.
It’s like giving yourself a pat on the back when you focus on the good and take a moment to appreciate all that you’ve done.
What form does your list of end-of-day ‘feel good’ items take?
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.