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Writing Advice for College Students
After years of doing many different jobs, and what seemed like drifting through life, I decided to study psychology, which lead to training and working as a counselor and life coach. My self-belief started to grow and I began to really value myself and the talents I had been given. Now I run a business helping to motivate and coach others to recognize and value their innate gifts and talents.
Whilst working with my own business coach, I was drawn to write a children’s book encouraging children to believe in themselves, and to value self and others. Perhaps if I had learned these messages, at an earlier age, I would not have drifted for so long.
Going through the process of writing the book, I was taken to a whole new level of what it is to have inner confidence and self belief. Through my previous training I had let go of many ‘blocks’ that held me back. I thought I had this self belief thing pretty much sussed, but going down the path of writing my first book, and managing a team of people to get the book produced, was a whole new ball game.
So I wrote my simple stories and when I gave them to the first person to read, an ex-teacher, I had to walk out of the room! I was like a child again. I was really drawn to produce these books for children, that was ok in my imagination, but in the cold light of day so to speak, what were ‘they’ going to think or say? What would they think of my “scribbles”?
I was like the small child handing in their work to the teacher, the child that had put so much effort into their work, what was the teacher going to think? So maybe it wasn’t perfect. This is the point where some people get put off realising their vision or goal. They remember the times of not getting something ‘perfect’ or ‘right first time’ and they shut down. If you want to progress, this is a hurdle that needs jumped, however inelegant it may look.
What did I do?
I held on to whatever positive feedback I got, asked others to read the stories, made changes if they were needed, employed an editor and proof reader to help me. I also gradually built up confidence in my style of writing. Above all, I held on to my original idea.
So if there is something you really want to do, take it one step at a time, get positive support , don’t be afraid to tweak the ‘vision’ and keep on going. We are not all the same and we have our own unique individual style. Let’s celebrate that!