Many of you have asked when my forthcoming book, What I Gave to the Fire, will be available to purchase. First of all, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking. Your interest may have been piqued by the recent photo of me (courtesy of my daughter Olivia) jubilantly holding the printed proof which arrived on my doorstep in late December. In case you missed it, here it is (cue "Happy" song by Pharrell Williams):
And here's the scoop. (Note: this is a great learning moment about the creative process).
It's not quite ready yet.
In reading through the proof, tiny little errors began popping out of the woodwork. Things like missing words - mostly consisting of three letters or less. This prompted me to yell a few choice four-letter words in an "I've-been-working-on-this-for-eight-years-and-you-mean-to-tell-me-it's-not-done-YET?" outburst of epic proportions (just ask my husband - he witnessed the whole thing).
At that point I had a choice. Because I am self-publishing, I could submit for publication as-is, or go through the whole thing once again and fix the errors.
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This quote comes from Marie Forleo, a successful business coach and thought leader for female entrepreneurs. This is one of my mantras for the new year.
Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.
This mantra challenges me because I am a thinker. I love to figure things out in my head before I take action. The upside of this habit is that any action I take is well-conceived. The downside is that I can spin my wheels forever, trying to get my plans "just right" (aka perfect) before I take a single step.
Breathe these words in for a moment:
Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. How do they make you feel? I feel a sense of relief. It feels like a sweet release of perfectionism, and an invitation to join the human race. It's feels like an opportunity to participate in Earth School, this messy, beautiful laboratory where we humans get to experiment on a daily basis.
What is one tiny step you can take as you apply this mantra in your life or work today?
Here's to a terrific new beginning in 2015!
Author and Branding Consultant
I am passionate about helping mission-centered business owners share their message through compelling written and visual content.
My memoir, What I Gave to the Fire, is available in both print and Kindle formats on Amazon.com.