how hesitation affects your content creation process?
Every content creator experienced has experienced hesitation in their creative process. Even the experienced creators also not immune from hesitation.
And I know you know the problems of hesitation well enough.
Hesitation is delaying something or not taking necessary action. This is different from procrastination. Procrastination is delaying action until the last minute.
Hesitation is doubt about your work, or reluctance to hit the publish button. I experienced this every day, and with each works.
This delaying affects our content creation timeline and dragged us down in the path to success. Many hours are lost due to this seemingly simple issue. But, our career doesn't have time for this. We need to overcome this nagging behaviour, in order to focus more on our works.
Let’s dive into some solutions.
Understanding the causes
The main cause for hesitation is FEAR. We have deep-rooted beliefs about our selves. This fear is controlling the major part of our life. It affects our decision making and creativity. We hesitate because we fear that nobody going to likes our works, we fear that we are going to get negative comments, we fear that we are going to fail.
Another reason is PERFECTIONISM. We think that our works have to be perfect. We never settle on anything below perfect work. We see great works daily and we have a notion that if our works are not good enough, we will fail.
This notion of perfection and our deep rooted fear make us delay our works to get published.
Now, understanding the causes for hesitation is essential for combating it. And we also need to acknowledge that we have these issues, and they are affecting us badly.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. — — Sun Tzu
How to overcome this?
1. Stop being judgmental
we tend to think poorly about ourself and our skills. We frequently compare our works to successful authors. Sometimes these comparison helps us to improve our works, but most of the time it discourages us to publish our work.
We need to stop worrying about what others think.
When I started to care less about others, I feel relieved and felt more confident in my creative process. This care free attitude loosen my overwhelmed and overworked mind.
2. Believe in your strength
Always remember to acknowledge your value.
Always think that your words matter.
You are different from everybody else. Never consider yourself below anybody.
3. Make a solid Plan of action
Most of the time we hesitate publishing our works because we don't have any clear deadlines. Having a solid, well-defined plan will boost you to publish often
Before every creative work, I make a detailed plan of action with to-do list and a reasonable timeline. This will give me sense of urgency to work. So, it helps me to stick with the timeline and publish in time.
4. Publish often
I know this a cliche. But, if you put yourself out there more, you develop more mental toughness.
Every good sportsperson goes through rigorous training, which helps them later to cope with intimidation and act against hesitation.
Having a strong mind is necessary to succeed in any field. This mental toughness is like a muscle, we need to work more to develop it. Once we gained enough strength we can overcome these overbearing thoughts during our creative process.