Life Lesson #15: When Feeling Overwhelmed, Take a Single Step


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Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Do you have a work or school project deadline looming?  Do you feel the stress and anxiety building inside your heart?

STOP!  Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.  In.  Out.  In.  Out.  Open your eyes and smile.  Go ahead, I’ll wait here.

Now, do you feel a little better?

Feeling overwhelmed is a natural occurrence and trust me, I have been there.  I received the first notes from my editor.  My first reaction was to feel overwhelmed.  A thousand thoughts of doubt filled my head and I literally had to take a nice long walk to clear my head.

When I came home, I realized that signing with a publisher was only the first step in a long line of steps to making my dream come true.  I poured over the notes again and again until I had memorized each word.  I talked it over with MR N and then I remembered something.

I read an interview of Ernest Hemingway back when I was taking an English Literature course at University.  In the interview Hemingway stated that editing was a bitch but in order to make his masterpiece appeal to the masses, he did what his editor wanted.  “Some called me a prostitute and maybe that is true.  I’m a rich prostitute, though.”

I am not saying that I agree with Hemingway here (and please don’t call me a prostitute) but I agree with what he is trying to convey.  Editing hurts but it is all for the greater good of the book.  I want Princess of the Light to be THE best book the world has ever seem!  In order to do that, I need to make some changes.

Once I came to this realization, the fear and anxiety disappeared.  I broke down the notes into sections and am tackling them one by one.  I took a single step and now am taking several single steps in order to see my dream realized!

When you are feeling overwhelmed, stop and look at what is causing you to feel this way.  Figure out what the next step is and take it.  Take it step by step and you will soon feel confident and on your way to success!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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2 thoughts on “Life Lesson #15: When Feeling Overwhelmed, Take a Single Step

  1. It is one thing to speak words of wisdom, and yet another to faithfully follow through on them. Thank you for doing both and providing us all with a nudge of inspiration. Congratulations again and enjoy the process! Off to take my next small step right now 😉

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Dave! I have always been of the belief that one must live out their words of wisdom otherwise they are just empty words. Thanks for the congrats and I wish you luck on your next small step! You are do it! 🙂

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