Is waiting hard for you? That time between setting something in motion and seeing it come to fruition?
It is for me. I think it is for most of us. We live in a world of instant gratification, but there is so much that is lost by not having that in-between time, the wait, the pause.
Our world has natural pauses and waiting periods. Think of the gradual transitions between the seasons: The pause of winter’s dormancy followed by the bursting forth of spring. The period of summer growth before the fall harvest.
The waiting period between conception and birth.
That pause is important, necessary even. And we can choose to enjoy it.
For me, the dormant period between the book being finished and having it actually published and out in the world is hard for me as an author. Yes, there is activity, tasks to complete, but there is also waiting, anticipating.
I’ve spent countless hours writing, editing, and polishing the book. I’m ready for it to be out there.
But there’s the process. The final edits. The cover. The formatting. The early readers/reviews. Getting things set up in Amazon and the site for other distributors. The promotion. All of that takes time
Even though there’s all that activity, it’s still waiting for me. And I know you’re waiting too!
However, I’m learning to savor that wait. I’m learning to appreciate the pause, the time before the frenetic energy of the launch to enjoy what I’ve accomplished.
It’s like a kid during the Christmas season. The anticipation is almost more fun than the actual gifts on Christmas day.
I can have fun with the anticipation and appreciate the pause.
Here’s how I’m doing it:
- I have a countdown calendar on the promotional page, kind of like an Advent calendar. 34 days left as of today (8/24).
- I’m enjoying all the preparatory work and accepting that it’s part of my author’s journey.
- I’m recognizing how fun anticipation can be, because I also know that there will be that little letdown after the book is actually live.
- I’m channeling the energy of my impatience into book launch activities, the third book in the series, and other areas of my life.
- I allow myself to visualize launch day and work out all the details, so it will be a less stressful and more enjoyable experience.
- Most importantly, I’m staying in the present as much as I can. I’m being present to fully experience and enjoy all that is happening in my life, even the pause.
Rather than rush through this waiting time, I’m doing all those things to cherish it. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a small window, a blip. I can fill it with anxiety and impatience, or I can fill it with excitement and anticipation.
I’m choosing the latter.
Because it’s more fun that way. What are you waiting impatiently for? How can you savor it?
PS – If you haven’t already, don’t forget to purchase and read Discovering Power: Book 1 of the Ascending Ladders Series while you wait!
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