Hello and happy Monday! This is Susan Hyatt and it’s GO time.
This is the 92nd episode in a series of GO mp3s to wake you up on your Monday morning and get you going.
In this episode we’re talking about how to go from waiting to creating, how to stop feel mopey about waiting around, and how to keep the train in motion so you can get sh*t done.
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Wanna read the full transcript? Here you go:
When my literary agent told me, “I’m going to start pitching your book proposal to publishers,” it felt like winning an Olympic gold medal. Finally! YES LORD ALMIGHTY!
Hundreds of hours of writing and editing, pouring everything I’ve got into my book manuscript and proposal, and fiiiiiinally, it’s really happening. My agent is sending it out. We’re moving one step closer to a publishing deal.
So my agent submits my proposal to all the top publishers. I wait eagerly by my phone. I keep refreshing my inbox.
“Any news? Any offers? Is anybody interested?”
“Nothing yet,” she tells me after several days have passed. “Still waiting.”
That was me all of last week.
Waiting. Waiting. And… waiting.
I do not enjoy waiting.
The weekend came and went. Still nothing. More waiting. I started to feel discouraged. After the first wave of rejections came in, vicious thoughts began to creep into my mind. “Nobody’s ever going to publish your book.” “Your writing isn’t as good as you think.” “All of your effort has been pointless.” I had to fight back against those thoughts with every tool in my toolkit. I went for a run. I vented to my friends. I got a pep talk from my writing coach. I flipped negative thoughts into positive ones. And soon, I felt better.
But I still felt impatient. Because waiting is boring and annoying.
Then it occurred to me… Why am I waiting around? I don’t have to sit here feeling sorry for myself. I don’t have to sit here checking my phone in case there’s some exciting news. Just because I’m waiting for publishers to contact my agent, that doesn’t mean my world has to grind to a halt. I’ve got plenty of other things I can do with my time. I’m done waiting!
My book is based on my BARE process, and it’s all about helping women stop dieting, love their bodies, and build amazing lives and legacies.
So I decided, “Instead of waiting around on my butt, I’m going to book a videographer and record a bunch of videos about the BARE process. I can share those videos online. And also, I’m going to create a BARE online community and membership site. Yesssss! It will include body-love challenges, workout videos, music playlists, recipes, all kinds of amazingly fun stuff. I’m gonna start creating those materials TODAY.”
So that’s what I did. Instead of waiting around feeling mopey, I dove into creating a completely new BARE program. It felt so good to shift from waiting into creating. I wound up having an incredibly productive week.
Oh, and of course… the moment I stopped feeling sad and mopey about my book deal, that’s exactly when my agent emailed me to say, “Good news—we’ve got a publisher that might be interested.” Of course. That’s always how it works.
Here’s my question for you:
What are you waiting for?
Are you waiting for a client to email you back? Are you waiting for your designer to update your website? Are you waiting to see if your submission gets accepted? If your article gets published? If your booking is confirmed? If your grant money is coming through? If your husband / wife / partner is OK with it?
Instead of waiting, start creating.
There are so many things you can do to move your mission forward. There’s gotta be something you can do—right now, all by yourself—that doesn’t require anybody else’s permission or involvement.
What could you do TODAY to create some forward momentum?
Decide what it’s going to be—and do it.
Yes, certain tasks require other people’s approval and involvement, but other tasks don’t. Focus on what you can rock out today, on your own. Keep the train in motion.
Nothing feels better than getting sh*t done.
P.S. Wanna be the first to know when my BARE membership community is open? You can find out right here.