Believe in yourself is what you always say. You can tell everyone else this to believe it, but somehow it seems hard to believe in yourself.
Why do you have so little self-confidence? Didn’t you get to work in a busy downtown hospital ER soon after graduating? Yes, someone else got the position nine months before you but that was a blessing. You got your second choice which was to float to all the critical care areas as they needed you. In fact, this provided the experience you needed before you went to work in the ER.
You were very successful in several ER’s you worked in before you applied to the Poison Center. It seemed that everyone at the Poison Center was smarter than you, lots with a couple of degrees behind them. It took you a while to learn to play to your strengths. You were the one that could calm anyone down over the phone so that they could at least hear what you had to say. You were the one that could stand up and give talks to well-baby clinics, multicultural groups, and seniors without thinking about it twice. You were a natural talking with people.
Now you are retired and you want to write. You have written a murder mystery novel and have started to blog. You are scared again!
What the heck is the matter with you? Can you work hard? Of course, you always do. Can you take criticism from people you respect and ignore the haters? Never a problem.
So, your big problem is assuming you can’t do the technological stuff. You spent ten days trying to figure it out, watching webinars and YouTube and only to end up frustrated. Do you want to work in technology as a profession? Of course not! Have you heard of hiring someone to do that work for you? It is a one-time thing to get it set up. This couldn’t take more than an hour for someone that knows what they are doing. Technology is the easy stuff especially since you don’t have anything complicated that needs to be done, so hire someone already. Think of it as generating a job for someone.
Anything else? I didn’t think so.
Now get out there and write!
Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. I did ask someone to help me set up ConvertKit with a domain and a website. I think it did take me longer to explain what I wanted and then ask about a dozen or two questions than it took him to set it up (thanks Zack)!
Why do we continue to need to be reminded that we can get things done if we really want to? Where does our confidence go? We need to remind ourselves that we have done a lot of things and we can continue to do things.
Life is hard enough for women, especially women of a certain age. We have an obligation to showcase our talents (whatever they are) to the next generation and the one after that. We have daughters and granddaughters that need to see us boldly compete in an arena of peers so that they may follow thinking that it is just what one does. No extra confidence needed!