You’re a Creative Writer First
If writing is your passion, I have good news for you. You’re a writer before anything else.
Any motivational teacher will tell us the universe needs to know. I don’t care how absurd it sounds to people or how crazy they’ll think you are, because trust me, the everymen and women of our world will think so, and they encompass ninety-eight percent of the population.
You’re Crazy Enough to Succeed
Back in 1985, someone said a phone would tell us anything we’d ask it. I often ask people in their forties and fifties what their response would’ve been to the one staking this claim, and the answers are identical; they would’ve thought the person to be out of their mind.
You’re not out of your mind.
You’re a thinker and being a thinker means you’ve already risen above the status quo of slaving away to make a living at maybe a decent salary, but you’re still slaving away stocking the grocery aisle at a local grocery store.
Did you see yourself fronting items for a living making your corporate overlords a lot of money?
Sure, your store manager may put on the happy charade that he and everyone else is glad to be here, working away, slaving away, making a living, and gaining their family’s and friend’s respect.
But are you truly happy stocking store shelves for a living, regardless of the pay?
Right, didn’t think so.
Why not turn it into a motivation for writing?
Why not go out of your way to remind yourself daily that you’re a creator first, and more specific, a writer first.
Don’t ask if you’re crazy for being a dreamer.
Ask if you’re crazy enough to pursue your passion and not only pursue it, but have succeeded in doing so.
When you make the announcement that you’re a writer, the world will sneer back at you.
All those miserable souls in the grocery store, or wherever it is you work will be all too happy to give you a lesson in their own perceived reality.
Such perceived reality is they’ll say you’ll be stuck in grocery-land dealing with angry customers one, five, and ten years from now. They’ll say you’ll be stuck in your current job or managing a department if you’re lucky.
If you’re lucky.
They’ll say the company picks and chooses who moves up and who remains in their grunt jobs at the front of the store bagging groceries, ringing customers out, stocking store shelves, crushing bins, and taking out loads of garbage.
But, perceived reality is how we perceive it. If we’re conditioned into perceiving reality as nothing more than working in a grocery store, it’s all we’ll amount to. But, if we remind ourselves daily that we’re writers, we’re creators, we’re dreamers, we’re seekers, we can recondition our minds.
Rewiring the Brain
You want to know something?
It is possible to rewire the brain.
When Joanna Penn first started, she constantly reminded herself while commuting to and from her miserable corporate job that she’s a creator.
The brain, when exposed to constant repetition, conditions, or reconditions itself. Because those miserable souls working in a grocery store spend their breaks sitting outside wondering why such misery and rotten luck was bestowed upon them, remind yourself it’s not the case.
People who are miserable choose to be miserable. Of course, when brought to the individual, there are exceptions, and some people never catch a break, but when zoomed out collectively you’ll find most choose misery.
They’re conditioned, sometimes since childhood. They’re told it’s not in the cards to make a living doing what they love. They’re told the world doesn’t act that way. They’re told to make a living, they’re going to spend their lives slaving away for someone else.
It’s not true.
The writer’s gauntlet is a tough road, no doubt. I’m not going to lie, you’re going to have obstacles, roadblocks, adversity, and days where you ask why you’re even bothering.
The good news?
Such times never last. If we remember why we’re doing what we’re doing. If we can wake up each day, each morning, and can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work on our writing passion, we’re going to find ourselves getting more and more successful daily.
It’ll be a slow build, but progressive. With each passing week, month, set of months, we’ll notice the changes we make. Others will notice the changes, too.
The sneers and eyerolls will vanish and those who once panned you will look back in awe, admiring the work you accomplished.
You’re going to gain a following. Such a following is going to talk about you to others in a good light.
You’ll build a tribe, and you’ll be a known authority in a field you love.
One day, you’ll be glad you took the time and told the universe you’re a writer, a creator, a dreamer, a seeker, and anything else you want it to know.
Sometimes, it’s a scary process.
We’ve been conditioned to work for others, help our overlords see their dreams come true, make them a lot of money, and are expected to be grateful for the opportunity.
They expect us to credit them for saving us from living in constant poverty, on the streets, and a life of misery.
But when we see misery in the workplace, we realize otherwise.
When we see others complaining about waking up early on a Monday or Tuesday morning, fighting traffic to work, reminiscing about and looking forward to next weekend, we discover it’s not how we want to live.
It’s no way to live.
Worse yet, the remedy is tabooed, because such remedies require courage from you to take a stand and demand you’re more capable than what others are saying.
Have the courage to state with conviction that you’re a writer, command they listen to you, and worry not about initial backlash you face.
Because adversity often leads to beautiful destinations.