I have a new mantra: Glide More, Flap Less. As of this moment, I’m making a public commitment to go a little easier on myself.
I’ve already blogged about the pressure I put myself under to publish Sweet Pursuits this year, even though 2016 is fast ticking away and I want to “have a life” too. But it goes beyond that. As an indie author, I’m not subject to publisher deadlines or outside requirements, but instead I consistently squeeze myself to learn, write, produce, publish, connect and promote.
Does it go with the indie territory perhaps? By definition, as a group, we are extraordinarily self-motivated and take full ownership of earning our success. But the sheer breadth of tasks an indie tackles means we can get overwhelmed pretty quickly. I’m not going to list those tasks here and I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m just curious if others also find themselves striving too hard for their own good.
I do love this road I’m on and the mountain I’ve chosen to climb. But too often I find myself fixed on the trail ahead, or the next imagined summit, instead of pausing to acknowledge how far I’ve come, to enjoy the view, and maybe to pick the odd flower. Instead of stopping to rest, I launch a new project or borrow four more self-help books from the library. I’ve been to several workshops which preach the importance of saying no to others, but my biggest failing is in saying no to myself.
Since this is Julie Valerie‘s blog hop week I’m linking up and would be thrilled to hear from other authors. Tell me, am I the only one over-reaching, or is indie overwhelm a real thing?
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