Writing Mindset

You can never really tell what will come in handy as a writer or where inspiring ideas that can give us a jolt of energy will come from. A case in point: “4 Principles of the Wrestling Mindset,” a poster created by Gene Zannetti, a sports psychology expert. When my friend and mentor Rob Gilbert quoted this poster on his Success Hotline (973.743.4690), I knew right away it could be adapted to the writing life. So here’s my rewrite:

4 Principles of the Wrestling (Writing) Mindset

#1 I am thankful for the opportunity to wrestle (write).

Having the opportunity to share our stories, fantasies, hopes, dreams, and fears with the world through our writing is a gift. Whenever I write, I light a small candle by my desk to remind me that giving life to words is a time-honored calling that I am blessed to pursue. Gratitude opens the door to abundance.

#2 I am aggressive and relentless.

Right above my computer, I have a sticky note with a quote from Vincent van Gogh: “I attack the page, struggling like a lion.” I keep this right in front of my nose to remind me that writing is not for the faint-hearted. It takes courage. It takes stamina. It takes aggressive attention and pursuit. It takes relentless dedication and relentless willingness to endure frustration, setbacks, and rejection.

#3 I have no fear of losing or making mistakes.

To survive and thrive in the pursuit of our craft requires full effort — and letting go of a focus on winning and losing. We need to take a “win some, learn some” approach to any mistakes we make and see them as stepping stones rather than missteps.

#4 I never, ever give up.

Whatever obstacles we face, inner fears or outer demands on our time, believing in our work, we write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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