Today I read something in Forbes.com that got me thinking. I don’t often read Forbes, but this article by Glenn Llopis was about trust and change. These topics interested me. And as I read the article I knew I could apply the principles to writing about change–a topic close to my heart. Now, more than ever, we need writers who want to become change agents and use their writing to catalyze change in the world.
Losing control and trusting yourself are difficult things to do. But to trust yourself is also the most empowering decision that you can make. It is one of the most critical success factors in your career and work. Trusting yourself is about sharing your knowledge, your wisdom, your secrets. It’s about allowing those around you to experience the real you, not the title. When you trust yourself, you do not hesitate to share the harvest of the momentum that you are building with others.
Trusting yourself is a learned skill. It requires a deep understanding and acceptance of who you are and what you represent.
When you trust yourself as a writer you also know what you want to say via your articles, essays and books, and you aren’t afraid to say it. You also can say it in an authentic manner. Authenticity is what he’s talking about—trusting yourself enough to be authentic, to show the world who you are.
When we write from a really deep an authentic place, we reveal ourselves in a manner that many people never even think of doing. When we do so—when we tell our story, say how we feel, express what we think—we impact others. And this creates change within them. It can cause them to take action, thus creating change in their lives, in their organizations or in their lives.
Words have amazing power. Why not take the risk? Trust yourself enough to lose control in your writing. Allow yourself to share what you know and to let others experience the real your through your words, through your writing. Don’t be afraid.
And if you are afraid, start small. Lose yourself in a blog post first or a short letter or letter to the editor. Then try an article, and grow into a short ebook and a full-length book.
Let me know how it goes. You can leave comments below telling me about how explored self-trust and became a change agent through your writing.