Part Four in a Four-Part Series: Writing Your Life Story Can Boost Your Confidence
By Elizabeth Ann Atkins, CEO, Atkins & Greenspan Writing
Have you ever heard someone introduce you at an event by reading your bio, and you think —
“Wow that person sounds impressive!”
Then you realize, They’re talking about me!
This experience is amplified, magnified, and intensified, when you write your book.
Because it forces you to examine and explore everything you’ve ever done.
Your family life. Your education. Your career. Your relationships. Your personal triumphs. Your best moments.
First, you think about it. Then you put it down on paper. You reflect on it. You embellish it. And you feel a big boost of confidence from it!
Writing your memoir enables you to see your life from a new perspective, almost like a third person observer.
This phenomenon can boost your confidence by reminding you that – while so much may remain for you to achieve – you have come a very long way. That sense of pride and accomplishment is a great motivator for writing your memoir now.
Why is this important?
Because when we set lofty goals for ourselves, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. We are so busy trying to clear the brush and push past the thorny thicket that daily dilemmas and deadlines can present, that we become blinded to the fact that we are actually traversing an enchanted forest. And we’ve made significant headway through it! We have actually stepped into a realm of success that’s sparkling with dewy opportunities, golden rays of accomplishment, and the succulent fruits of our labor.
Writing a book forces you to focus on what you’ve done, what you have, and where you are. Yes, you’ll have to include the tough times, but those provide evidence that your ambition is indomitable.
I speak from experience, because I’m writing one version of my memoir right now.
As I examine my worst moments, I feel the best, because I did the hard work to overcome them and re-invent a better me.
For example, a lifetime of struggling with food, body image, and weight motivated me to lose 100 pounds, which led to being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, 15 years later, I feel better than ever – living a super fit, healthy lifestyle of eating natural foods, exercising, doing yoga, meditating, and journaling.
Writing about how I triumphed over a problem that plunges too many people into an abyss of self-hatred and despair is extremely motivating. It forces me to look in the mirror and see how far I’ve come. How I have truly changed my thinking and behavior, to create a better me.
That makes me grateful that I had the problem to begin with.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit,” says Think and Grow Rich Author Napoleon Hill.
That’s one of my favorite quotes.
So use the pages of your book as a launchpad into your greatest future ever, by writing about your adversities, celebrating the benefits, and boosting your confidence.
Seeing is believing, and your written words are all the proof you need to succeed!
Up next: Why you should write your book to boost your brand!
(c) 2017 Elizabeth Ann Atkins
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