One Way To Dramatically Improve Your Work
Mere moments ago, before I started to type this I went through the two videos I recorded on my camera and deleted them.
I then muttered:
“This is shit. You can do better.”
Admittedly the work that I did before was alright. I feel I conveyed my message nicely. There was a proper flow and structure to it too.
It covers my overall standards for producing content and delivering it to you all.
There’s nothing at all particularly wrong with it except for one thing:
I didn’t feel like it was top notch. I didn’t push myself to produce something better for you guys.
Sometimes You Need To Tell Yourself You Suck
It’s not like me to participate in negative self-talk. I’ve said before that it can hamper someone’s mindset if we really dig deep into ourselves.
But one thing that I’ve been figuring out lately is that sometimes you need to admit to yourself that you suck at handling specific situations in your life. Whether that’s a skill that you have or a situation in your life.
What’s important though is for you to deal with that problem. And it’s where admitting that you suck at something can really help.
I know I’m not the greatest at videos.
I stutter, stammer, and when I’m recording I have hundreds of cool video ideas that run through my head.
Honestly, I don’t know how to deal with it.
So in the end when I force myself to focus and make a video, you get what I call a mediocre video.
The same goes for my writing.
But by admitting all of those things, I feel that I’m improving in some way.
Yesterday I went back to my last published article and made some changes. I formatted it and changed the title and made it flow better.
That’s not to say it performed any better, but it still is a change.
Up to this point, I’ve never gone back and re-edited content. Repurposed pieces from a few years ago yes, but never re-edit recent posts.
Today I’ll be recording those videos again with more focus and more structure. I have a better idea for what I want to say and when to say it.
This is much like the mistakes that we make. We come back with more knowledge and understanding.
So why don’t we expedite the process and admit right now that we could do better and that our work is shit?
The Act Of A Do-Over
When we get ourselves out there we gain experience and knowledge. This is always the case even when it’s something that we’ve done thousands of times before.
We may not learn new things every time, but that knowledge and experience continues to grow.
I see the act of doing a do-over powerful because you’re going back to the same thing that you’ve done before.
Sure you may have written articles before.
But have you written about this topic before?
Have you presented the idea in this fashion before?
Of course, not everything has the opportunity to be taken back. Sometimes you have deadlines you have to meet and starting back from scratch will put you back weeks or months.
But why not do it for the smaller tasks?
Like publishing an article or recording a video?
In film, sometimes a scene is done several times over with very little breaks in between those shots.
In the end, we get to see some truly amazing scenes in most situations because of the actors and actresses are thinking about what they could do better next time.
Not to mention they have more experience with that scene too.
Starting something back over may be heart-wrenching at first, but by admitting to yourself that the work before is shitty it can make the process easier. You can move on and ask yourself the more important questions.
What can I do to improve?
With this experience how should I apply this improvement?
It felt like a switch was turned on and I started to look at the work differently.
And isn’t that how we should all be growing?
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