Sometimes you just have to be your own cheerleader. Or, as Dolly Parton said in "Straight Talk" (yes, revisiting a 90's classic film. Sue me.) 'You grab your bowling bag and get the hell out of there'. Now, technically, Dolly (Dr. Shirley - seriously, go watch the movie, its great!) was talking about leaving a bad relationship.
I'm talking about leaving the fear - which is different but just as debilitating. See, a funny thing happened a couple of weeks ago. I sold my first book. And I've been snoopy dancing like a maniac and talking to my editor and going through edits and copy-edits and rounding up a blog tour and generally planning for the release.
And a lot of other 'busy' work. Work that needs to be done, but that has been taking time from the actual writing of future books. I realized, in talking with a friend who also sold recently, that she was going through the same thing. Doing the busy work and kind of hesitant to move forward with a different book. We started talking to some online friends who said what we both already knew: we were afraid. Plain and simple - we're in uncharted (for us) territory: Published Author Territory and that brings a different set of business plans and problems. Will the next book sell? Will this book get good reviews? Will it sell well? What will the cover look like? What if... What about... The question list goes on.
Everyone gave the same advice: just do the work. Don't focus on the fear. Move forward. Lala Corriere reminded me to think about the positive, to really take that positive in and make it grow.
So, totally stolen from Lala, an affirmation: Tomorrow morning, or NOW, go seek the sun. Let it shimmer on your face through windows or through pure air. If you’re in the cold country get in front of a fire. Close your eyes. Say this, but make it yours as you please:
I am the light of a thousand angels. I am love. I am kindness. I am prosperity. I am creativity. I am (fill in the blank). I am… I am... I am...
I am the light of a thousand angels.
So be it!
I love this - no, I don't chant it daily...but I did once. I also like these quotes:
Actually I love the affirmation and the quotes for what they helps me remember. That I am worth a little self-cheerleading. I am a good writer. I have accomplishments. I'm more than a set of fast-moving fingers on a keyboard. I have the power to be and do whatever I want to be and do. It's a message I want to pass along to the kiddo...and anyone else who will listen.
So, do you have an affirmation list? Are you your own cheerleader?