One’s writing skills depend more on attitude/mindset rather than linguistic talent. According to ICL&W, 70% of a person’s articulacy in writing comes from his confidence rather than any linguistic aptitude. Often times we mentally focus too much on producing quality work that by the time when we are actually ready to type up the work, fatigue has already claimed most of our energy. The end result is then a so-so work, and we often being judged or otherwise graded by such writing. However, the more I write, the more types of writing I engage in, the flow and the sense of ease I get from different writing seem to see eye to eye with ICL&W’s findings.
The quality of one’s writing also seems to depend on who one’s targeted audiences are. Composing an email to my colleague professors often takes a much longer period of time in comparison with putting together a longer blog on my personal website. In hindsight, it is the pressure we put on ourselves to produce quality work that interrupts our writing flow and negatively impact the overall quality of our writing. Therefore, it seems to be reasonable to conclude that placing too much pressure on producing good quality work can backfire and be counterproductive.
With cautious steps let me take this argument bit further. A person’s performance is largely predetermined by attitude/mindset than it is by aptitude/talent. At a specific setting, with a particular individual, or during a certain period of time, one’s performance (i.e., articulacy, writing, sporting, etc.) may set a new record at either end of the spectrum. Often time we attribute such peak/trough in our performance to the concept of luck or level of our physical and mental energy. It is hard to deny that energy level does influence our performance. By putting attitude/mindset of the performer in the spotlight, I do not intend to downplay the importance of other factors. However, attitude does influence our performance at a maximum level that I wish to candle a lively discussion regarding both the role of attitude in our performance as well as how to best de/reconstruct the right set of mind that will allow us to be at our best.