I am a pretty new writer. I have always loved to write and now I do so more often than I ever have in the past. I am still just an infant though, and I read all sorts of “improve your writing” articles and websites because I know I am not as good a writer as some that have been in the writing game for years. I am still on my first year.
Something I have a real problem with is self editing. When I first started writing this blog, it would take me close to five hours to finish an article. My articles were a bit longer than they are now, and I only posted a few times a week but even now, my shorter articles still take nearly two hours to finish.
Why? Because I self edit everything as I go. I will write a sentence once, change it, erase the whole thing and start over, without ever completing an idea! Some posts that I have self edited so much still sit in my drafts folder because the idea got so self edited out of itself that I lost the whole reason, the inspiration behind the post idea.
This morning I was reading a post about self editing by one of the leaders in copywriting tips, Copyblogger. Here is what the article said about self editing:
Writing articles drives us crazy. Our natural tendency to self-edit gets out of hand. We can’t seem to put it on hold, even for a few minutes
And the reason for that is our lack of competency.
Competency is a state of mind you reach when you’ve made enough mistakes that your brain can now move on.
That’s right. It’s not about getting things right in your brain â€” it’s about getting things wrong. The brain has to make hundreds, even thousands of mistakes â€” and overcome those mistakes â€” to be able to reach a level of competency.
After reading and thinking about self editing for a few minutes, I thought, that’s the same thing we do with Personal Finance and apparently for the same reason.
When I first got into personal finance, I had a hard time setting something up and sticking to it, just like everyone else. Creating a budget really helps as training wheels to get started but even then, it’s hard to not falter here and there. I still make mistakes that are so simple..so stupid, I feel bad just talking about them but they are necessary.
Our brains need to make mistakes to develop competency.
Making mistakes teaches our brain how to fix those mistakes next time the situation to make them arises, before we make them again.
We will never stop making mistakes, just like our brains never stop learning. There will be situations we have never encountered before, that aren’t even remotely like situations we have encountered that helped us learn but we will have to deal with them as they come.
So don’t fret over the mistakes you make with your Personal Finance. They will pass and you learn something in the process. Once you develop competency from all your previous mistakes, your finances will be on auto-pilot and you will be able to cruise pleasantly into retirement 😉
PS I self edited almost every sentence of this post at least once..I’m still working on that haha
PPS I edited that PS five times..the words just weren’t coming out right..