How to Face Your Fears for More Authentic Content
Soul-centered content writing means developing a healthy relationship with fear so your authentic self can shine on the page. Why is getting a handle on fear is so critical? Because left unchecked, fear can cause you to hide who you really are. It can lead you to armor your true self to the extent that you fail to leverage your most vital gifts, strengths, and experiences.
As a result of letting fear take the reigns in your writing, your content falls flat. Your words wilt without the nourishment of your vulnerability and voice. And, the more you write, the more frustrated you may feel by your so-called inability to sound authentic.
So, how do you reclaim the driver’s seat in your writing when you’re scared?
1. Give your fear a safe space to teach you what you need to learn.
Fear masks your core limiting beliefs about who you are as a person and a writer. When you give yourself permission to feel your fear fully, it can help you access these beliefs.
Take a moment of stillness before your next writing session and ask yourself: “Fear, what do you have to teach me about what it means to share my authentic self?”
Spend at least 10 minutes writing whatever comes up when you ask yourself the above question. You may find that you’re holding onto beliefs about yourself and your content that no longer serve you.
Decide what you need to do to release your limiting beliefs and voice your true self.
2. Try this visualization ritual for more authentic content writing.
In the words of spiritual teacher Pema Chödrön, “fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” To allow your true, authentic self to emerge beyond fear, spend a few minutes doing this visualization exercise before you start writing.
Imagine your body as a crystal clear sea, with fear residing at the bottom. Visualize all the fear inside you swimming away like a school of fish, as the sea floor grows more visible. What does it look, taste, smell, sound and feel like when fear departs? What thoughts and beliefs arise from your core? Journal on your answers to these questions.
3. Seek someone you trust to help you put words to what you’re afraid to reveal.
Fear dissolves with trustworthy support. By inviting others into your journey to expressing your authentic self, you create new possibilities to sharpen your content and strengthen your voice.
First, define what you want your authentic voice to sound like to your audience, including examples from writers you admire when applicable.
Second, list some blocks you’ve discovered to revealing your authentic self in your writing, noting which obstacles are especially hard to overcome. Incorporate examples from your own writing to illustrate these hurdles.
Third, invite one or more people to go over the two points above, asking for suggestions on what you could do to step into your authentic voice more.
May the three tips above help you transform fear into fuel for your most authentic, powerful content!
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