The sub-title in turn introduces a sub-sub-title that lists the primary forms of resistance: *Including Writer’s Block, Procrastination, Paralysis, Perfectionism, Postponing, Distractions, Self-Sabotage, Excessive Criticism, Overscheduling and Endlessly Delaying Your Writing.
But apparently, I missed a major form of resistance: people-pleasing.
Until I started reading Brene Brown’s Gifts of Imperfection, I didn’t see myself as a “people-pleaser.” In many ways I’m not. Where I am, the people-pleasing is connected to perfectionism, which I do recognize is a big challenge. Perfectionism blocked my awareness of how people-pleasing also interfered with my writing in subtle ways.
Since even the tiniest bit of people-pleasing can create resistance and since my awareness of it is so new, I refer you an extremely insightful and well-crafted post by Maria Popova: The Definitive Manifesto for Handling Haters: Anne Lamott on Priorities and How We Keep Ourselves Small by People-Pleasing.
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In the spirit of my new awareness and for your sake and mine, please don’t tell me if my blog pleases you. But if this and my other posts help you expand your writing, please let me know how you’re growing as a writer. And if my posts don’t please you, oh well.