Why do we think we need to have all the answers?
Even when writing a blog post.
Like we need to have everything well thought out, researched, and all problems solved.
I say, B.S.
This idea that we need to be perfect, that we have to be totally in control, know everything, and have all the answers is what’s keeping some of us from stepping out, moving forward and reaching our full potential.
Writing, (and business, for that matter), isn’t just about giving someone all the facts.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be.
If you’re writing a tutorial on something, or if you do have extensive knowledge on a particular subject.
But it doesn’t have to be.
We can write to connect with others, to have a relationship with people.
In real life, do you know more than most of the people you have relationships with?
Does everyone always look to you for all the answers?
Maybe, but I’m guessing probably not.
So why should your writing be any different?
You don’t need to have all the answers to write a blog post.
You can fill it with questions, and either point people in the right direction to find the answers themselves, or even leave questions unanswered. (Hey, if you wind up finding out the answers you have a great follow up post!)
You don’t need to have all the answers to write a book.
Some of the greatest books are the ones that just make you think, or ask yourself the questions that you have to find answers to. (This usually includes a fair amount of soul searching.)
You don’t need to know about everything to be active on social media.
Heck, half of Facebook is just reposting other peoples content anyway. Sure, you want it to be relevant to your audience, but do you really think that only we can write the best stuff? (Hint: NO! There are some mega talented writers out there, so share their stuff!)
I believe in writing what you know, yes, but I also believe that you can write about what you don’t know. Or maybe something you want to know. Or that someone else knows. (Guest posting, anyone)?
Although writing takes thought, and work, and time, (not to mention blood, sweat, and tears..usually many, many tears!), we don’t have to obsess over it until it’s perfect.
Because it never will be.
And neither will we.
Our blogs don’t have to be the best written.
Or the most popular.
Our books don’t have to hit the best seller list.
Every piece that we write doesn’t have to be error free, and make perfect sense.
Perfection is an illusion, but a powerful one.
It can keep you stuck dead in your tracks, and keep you from becoming all that you can be.
We won’t ever have all the answers.
Just be you.
Just be a writer.
Give of yourself.
Leave the world a better place than it used to be.
Make a difference in the life of someone.
Even one person.
Because maybe, just maybe, you might have an answer that someone needs.
And they’ll never get it if you don’t put yourself out there.
So don’t think you need to have all the answers.
Do you feel the need to have all the answers? Tell me how you’re dealing with it, or how you’ve overcome it, in the comments. As always, I love to hear from you!