I left Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube cold turkey and I’d happily do it again.

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Photo: Thought Catalog

I am no stranger to taking breaks from social media.

The summer of 2016 was the first time I was intentional about taking a detox from social media.

I stopped using social media for a month when I realised that I was unhappy because I was comparing myself to others — and have taken breaks frequently ever since.

Around this time two years ago, I took another break.

But this time it was for three months, and, it was because I was fed up of wasting time online and not taking action towards my goals.

I would search everything from ‘how-to start a podcast’, or ‘how to acheive your goals’ but didn’t follow through with it.

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If you read my previous post, you would know that I set myself a challenge to publish one post per day on Medium in October.

My last post was published on October 1st, so clearly I haven’t stuck to my goal but it’s for good reason. I’ve been consumed with preparing and celebrating my sisters wedding as her maid of honour and been recovering from a stomach bug the past couple of days.

All of this took its toll on me and I have to admit that writing got pushed to the side for the sake of focusing my efforts and undivided attention elsewhere. …

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Quote by Gary Vaynerchuck

It’s 22:42pm and I’m giving myself a handful of reasons why I shouldn’t publish a post tonight.

“It’s too late to write anything of good quality”

“I haven’t finished editing the post I wanted to publish today, so I’m not going to publish at all”.

I know, it’s silly of me to quit before giving it a go, right? 😒

Well, these are typically the thoughts that my mind would instantly revert to when in these type of situations.

But, for a while now I have been psyching myself up to make the decision to consciously challenge such thinking and see my commitments through. …

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Photo by Pixabay

We’ve all had times in our lives when we have doubted our abilities, whether it was due to fear, feeling inadequate or any other false limiting beliefs that we told ourselves in that moment. As a result we may have missed an opportunity to create something that could offer a solution to a problem . Have you ever taken the time to reflect on those experiences? If so, how did it make you feel? Disappointed in yourself? Frustrated? Or perhaps regretful?

Now think about the times when you had a creative thought and pursued it. How did that make you feel? Proud of yourself for transforming an idea into something tangible? Accomplished for being able to provide value to others? Even if the final creation was not how you “perfectly” envisioned it, what mattered most is that you believed in yourself enough to take start and take action. …


Tracy Landu

Writing about personal development, creativity and culture.

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