Something interesting happened this week and I couldn’t not write about it. I have been feeling a little blue these past few weeks, mainly because January and February are the Monday of the year and inched by slower than a tortoise with scoliosis. With this feeling of perpetual blueness comes a slight lack of motivation and a loss of inspiration. That is a problem for multiple reasons but mainly because my blog content suffers as a result. I take a lot of pride in this blog and try my best to post twice a week (Sundays-ish and Wednesdays-ish – give or take a day). But this week, I just couldn’t think of anything to write about. All I really wanted to do was lay my fat a$$ on the couch and watch The Office – a show I’ve seen more times than I can count. The more I watch it, the more I identify with its characters and the various shenanigans they encounter. Each time I rewatch my favorite episodes, I feel more and more that my life at the office mirrors The Office. Thus, my most recent post was born during which I talk about my experiences working in higher ed using only gifs from The Office.
I didn’t feel good about posting it. I thought the post would appear lazy and not well thought out. I didn’t even want to say anything about the new post on my social media, preferring that no one actually see it. I said, “screw it” (admittedly I used stronger language in reality) and published it anyway. Because frankly, I thought it was pretty funny and relatable. I took a chance and told my self-doubt, “Hey self-doubt,…
Turns out, people love gifs and loved my post. So much so that I ended posting another but this time with Ron Swanson gifs. To say that I did not expect such a positive response is an understatement. The moral of the story? You have to ignore that part of your brain that tells you silly things such as “You’re not good enough” or “You’re stupid” or “No one likes your work”. Those thoughts are not fact and are rarely, if ever, helpful. Remember to be kind to yourself and treat yourself with the same compassion you gift to others.
Shameless plug: If you want to hear me, along with my trusty cohost and friend Codie, chat more about negative self-talk along with imposter syndrome, tune in to our 2nd episode of the Surviving & Thriving Podcast, now available on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Podcasts!
Have you had a moment during which you told yourself, or wish you had told yourself, to ignore self-doubt? Please leave your story in the comments below!