We talk a lot about strategies that help you grow your writing career, because we want to position you to do your best work.
However, during this reflective holiday season, it’s worth mentioning that you don’t have to get it right all of the time.
In fact, you shouldn’t get it right all of the time. If you do, you likely aren’t taking enough calculated risks that help you really get it right in the long run.
Working toward a goal is exactly that — you take the steps to move toward the direction you want to go in.
Those steps are not always the exceptional ones that will get you there the fastest. Unusual progress signs will pop up along the way.
Unless you’re comfortable standing still, you have to take action and pave the messy path that keeps you moving closer to your creative potential. It doesn’t remotely resemble a straight line.
And you have to cultivate an appreciation for that action, even when it looks like a setback.
Keep getting it wrong …
No one expects “perfection,” where you consistently know what to do and the exact way to do it.
Appreciate the freedom to try.
Appreciate the freedom to get it wrong.
You have permission to get it wrong.
If you keep getting it wrong enough times, you might just get it right.
Reader Comments (6)
Amber Martin says
Stefanie you are not alone…I also hate SEO..LOL
I’ve gotten it wrong enough times in some areas that I’ve eventually got it right.. and then something or someone throws a wrench in there and it’s back to the drawing board. I try to look at it like a game – a mission to figure out the best route. But, sometimes it’s just so frustrating and annoying and makes you want to give up.
Love this- I gratefully accept the permission to get it wrong! The last few months have been tough on traffic for my blog (courtesy of the Google gods again…I think). But that’s okay! It’s a good reminder to revel in the process rather than just the results. Thank you for the post 🙂
Furkan Hasan says
I think the hardest part is having the courage to try again after doing it wrong. That’s where most of us give up. Which is sad.
Useful, relevant, and well written…Sounds like the guidelines for any publication – not just blogs.
The problem is, sometimes the obvious combination of the three can be so elusive (as I’ve spent the better part of my day struggling with writer’s block).
Jay Bumter says
It’s all about the humility to recognize it, learn from it, and keep moving on!
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