Disappointment. Sometimes it seems like my constant companion. I’m disappointed in the way my work turns out sometimes. I’m disappointed with sales – or lack thereof. I’m disappointed that I don’t have the drive to write like I used to which I think is because of the disappointment. But, such is life. I know that, and I have to overcome it. Which I’m working on doing as I type this.
Being disappointed won’t help me. If I can turn that disappointment into something stronger, use it towards my advantage it would be a lot better. It would cancel out the disappointment, right? No, probably not. There will always be something that I’m disappointed about. But again, such is life.
Being disappointed doesn’t mean that I have to let it cripple me. I just have to work through the disappointment and find a better way to use my emotions. I can use them to better my writing. I can use them to better my marketing skills – well what little marketing skills I have. Just because it seems like the end of the world, it doesn’t mean it is.
I struggle with being a pessimist. I want to be an optimist, but I worry – more than I should. Even though I know I shouldn’t, I always seem to worry. But, I’m working on that as well.
I know that writing always has its up and downs. It always will. There will be days that we struggle to find the words to say that will give us a best seller or, you know, just a seller. There will be days that we don’t even want to face the internet for worry and fear that no one will want to hear what we have to say. That no one cares about us and what we love. It’s easy to feel that way, but what I have come to learn is that THIS is what I love – on most days. THIS is what I cannot imagine living without doing.
So, disappointment, it doesn’t have to be our constant companion. If it sets in, just use that to better your skills. Turn it into a positive. It couldn’t hurt to try at least.
What disappointments do you battle?