Am I Really Helping Somebody?
Every successful person will tell you about a time when they felt like nothing they did mattered to anybody. They figured what’s the point of putting my work out there? Nobody’s reading it or listening to it. So what’s the point? What a lot of us don’t get a chance to hear is how they decided there WAS a reason to keep going and how that eventually made all the difference. Even if the project you’re working on now is not successful, being able to see how you MAY be helping somebody can put you in a more creative mindset.
For everybody who feels like they’re just spinning their wheels and nobody’s listening, I offer these ideas for consideration.
Look Past The End Of Your Nose
Just because you, in your moment of self-doubt, don’t happen to see how what you’re going through could help somebody doesn’t mean it won’t. Who are you to say what will help another person? I’m a person who believes if I’m struggling with something, somebody else is too. That’s just how I’m built. Put your problem and how you dealt with it out there and let your current or future readers and/or listeners decide what’s helpful or not to them. It’s not all about you! You’ll probably be amazed at what you’ll discover.
Your Brain Is Listening
Without getting into a bunch of affirmation-type discussion, let me just say be careful of how you decide life is or isn’t. Your brain can be your best friend or worst enemy. If you constantly bombard it with thoughts of indadequacy or shortcoming, it will be more than happy to reframe all of your experiences to agree with that assessment. Since it takes just as much brain power to expect the best as it does the worst, why not choose a positive thought like “I know there’s somebody I can help” instead of “Why would anybody care what I have to say?”
Put It Out There
The most important thing you can do is write about your experiences in a way that teaches a lesson. Nobody wants to hear an endless drone of belly-aching or whining. However, most people will empathize with you if you tell them the problem and then explain what you did to fix it. Don’t be somebody who constantly second guesses themselves out of putting their hearts out for all to see. If you do this with each bit of content you create without an ulterior motive, you’ll start to see more and more people wanting to hear about your journey. Don’t deprive them of your experience because you’re not king of the world YET!
Add A Step
Instead of going right to assuming nobody’s listening and nobody cares what you have to say, why not add one extra step and ask yourself “If I knew somebody who could benefit from this, what would I tell them?” That should help you be more creative in your approach to helping others and not feel like you’re struggling in vain just to be heard. That satisfaction will go a long way to helping you develop even more useful content for those in the same boat as you.
Tell Me Your Thoughts
Do you struggle with creating or posting any kind of content because you think nobody cares? Do you talk yourself out of sharing instead of into more sharing? Let me know how you’ve moved past that mental block by leaving a comment below.