When you decide that you’re going to chase your goals, you need to be comfortable with constantly being on display.
I was recently reminded of this when I put up a post on Medium.
When you first make that critical decision to take the jump and chase your goals you can do so without anyone knowing about it. You’re safe from negativity and can work while flying under the radar.
But as you put yourself out there more and begin to build a name for yourself, people start to notice.
People start to follow you and people start to care.
When I first started my blog, I could get away with spelling and grammar mistakes because no one was watching. No one read my content.
It was a huge opportunity for me to learn and develop. I’m sure all you writers out there had the same experience. Looking back now, it’s funny how much I took that period for granted. Instead of focusing on growth, I should have focused on quality improvement.
(Just for the record, I am no where near where I want to be)
This period is so important to anyone looking to put themselves out there. It gives you time to prepare, learn and master your craft before you start building up awareness.
During this period – focus on the skill not the awareness.
This is where I am now and like many others, will probably stay here for years to come.
People have started to notice and I’m slowly growing everyday. Not in height, I’ve finished that, but in brand awareness.
People are responding and momentum is starting to kick in.
A couple days ago, I was reminded of the importance of always putting my best foot forward.
I found out people weren’t only aware but they were following and judging. In fact, it was the below comment that showed me this:
I’ve kept names hidden because the point isn’t to call people out but instead, show you that everything you put out needs to be your best work.
As you can see, I made a spelling mistake in the very first paragraph of my article. It could have even been the very first sentence.
It was a huge shock and a wake up call.
People are actually watching.
People are actually reading my articles, not just skimming through them.
I must admit instead of feeling bummed out about the mistake, I was happy that people read my articles and cared enough to give me a kick up the ass when I stuffed up.
Being Your Best Self
Never have I realised how important it is to put out your best work until I received that comment.
Not almost your best or good enough but the best you can possibly do.
I actually remember posting the article that got the comment. I edited it once. I normal edit twice.
Goes to show that cutting corners is never a good option.
Now, that’s not to say that mistakes are bad. In fact, they’re needed if you want to progress because if you don’t make them, you can never learn and if you don’t learn, you don’t progress.
If you want to see the full conversation regarding the comment. You’ll have to go digging.