It’s the first Wednesday in March and time for my monthly contribution for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group.
It turns out; insecurity isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, I would even postulate that a certain measure of it is even necessary. What do we do when we feel insecure about something? We work harder to shore up that aspect of ourselves and build more confidence. How much would your writing improve if you lacked insecurity? A smart writer, composer, performer, artist, etc…etc, realizes that there’s ALWAYS room for improvement and the uncertainty of where we stand in relationship to our peers should actually drive us. Too much security…or over-confidence…breeds arrogance, egotism, and conceit.
Hold on a sec, that doesn’t mean you can wipe that brow and declare, “Phew…I’m glad I don’t have to worry about being insecure all the time now!” Although it’s true that a certain amount of insecurity serves a useful purpose, overall it can still be disabling. Too much of it holds so many of us back, rendering us timid, hesitant.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that the goal isn’t to eliminate insecurity, but rather to manage it and make it work for us. How do we do that? Keep putting yourself out there and build credibility. If your new to blogging, participate in blogfests or other opportunities like the A to Z Challenge. Become a bigger part of the conversation.
At the end of the day, grab that insecurity by the horns and ride it til the horn blows!
Happy hump day!