Inspiration for Writers

Rewrite Your Thinking

Georgia Shaffer
Georgia Shaffer

Georgia Shaffer from Pennsylvania

Last month I wrote about anxiety and how it can ambush our writing. This month I’ll discuss the self-sabotaging mindsets we have that undermine our creativity and productivity.

Some mindsets are caught from our parents or friends. Others we’re taught. Some mindsets are helpful and some are self-defeating. The latter keep us stuck in negative thinking and deplete us of vital energy.

Sara Blakely, the billionaire founder of Spanx, is a great example of how positive mindsets propel us forward. She said, “My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

An unproductive mindset would be, “I don’t have what it takes to write a blog or publish a book.” If someone important in your life, like a teacher, parent, or sister told you, “you can’t write,” it’s easy to continue to carry that perspective without even thinking about it.