Am I the only one who succumbs to frustration?
Faced with that feeling that the entire universe is conspiring against you.
The job you expected didn’t pan out…
All the efforts you put into spreading the word about your book still don’t result in a single sale, or maybe one a month…
Christmas is a lovely time, but too expensive when no money is coming in, so I have turned into a right Scrooge this year.
Full of Bah-humbug!
This last week I took time out. Not to go on holiday, but to reflect and learn.
I didn’t do any marketing. I didn’t post a thing on Facebook for a week. I didn’t blog. I didn’t tweet.
Yet, I wasn’t idle.
I did a webinar and it was good. So good in fact that my levels of frustrations sky-rocketed. How can these ideas, which seem so logical, ever work for me?
I sat and cried.
I reflected some more.
I slept on it.
I came to the conclusion that I must take it one step at a time.
The first step I am taking is to launch my newsletter.
But now I need subscribers. The hunt has begun…
If those of you that follow my blog would also like to subscribe to my new newsletter, there is a link just there on the right, up a little or down…
There will be features in each edition, there will be some permanent articles and links, there will be flash fiction (in the first edition, I am planning a 200-word Christmas story) and in due course, there may even be guest contributions (but that’s in the future).
Do I sound excited?
I hope I do, because taking time out has put things into perspective and made me realise that if I want something bad enough, I mustn’t give up, but add something to my efforts, something new, something productive.
Time out can be dreadful if you don’t use the opportunity. I have been there, done that, got the t-shirt – gone to bed with depression, and before I resurfaced several months of opportunities had passed.
Time out can also be wonderful.
Time out can be magical.
Time out can be relaxing.
Time out can be rejuvenating and invigorating.
Time out can lead to inspiration and insights.
Here is to time out and new ventures.