Maybe funny isn’t the right word. More like familiar.
After completing my latest book and online course, which took several months of dedicated work, I found myself in that familiar yet uncomfortable place.
The space between.
One of my followers emailed, asking, “What are you going to do next?”
I found myself asking the same question.
Inspired ideas for my next book and more online courses swirled in my mind.
I told my friends, that after moving cross country, a year of home renovations and getting settled, and completing the book and course, I was going to take a month off. I was just going to enjoy this beautiful place we now call home, and give myself some time to refresh and re-energize.
Still, I found myself in a funk.
I found myself feeling uncomfortable taking time off.
I found myself “watching the clock,” monitoring sales of my book and course.
I felt pressured to do more marketing, yet I was not inspired to implement any of the hardcore marketing strategies from my past.
I knew in my heart, deeply knew in fact, that the marketing of my book and online course needed to be inspired.
After a few days in the doldrums, I woke up to what was happening.
I didn’t beat myself up, because I know that years upon years of habits are hard to break. And my habit was to complete a project and then say, “Next!” and move on to producing something else.
I stepped off that hamster wheel for a reason.
It was exhausting and frustrating.
That’s when I realized that once again, even though I had just published a book and online course about the very topic of letting go, that was exactly what I needed to do.
I needed to let go of the idea that I needed to make things happen.
That I needed to find ways to market my book and course.
That I needed to start working on my next book or online course.
And that I could indeed just take a break.
When I did that, another funny thing happened.
And once again, familiar is probably a better word to describe it.
I got several inspired book marketing ideas that felt really good, and right.
I took action on them and everything began to shift.
That’s when I realized my job is not to market, it’s to inspire. I am so clear that’s what I’m here to do. And that means my marketing needs to be inspired, and not only that, it needs to spark inspiration in others.
That realization shifted everything.
In the past week since I became aware that I was once again falling back into make-it-happen, control mode, and decided to let go and trust that all would work out exactly as it should, everything has shifted.
I feel better.
I’m excited about the marketing opportunities that have shown up to get my book and my message out there.
I’m feeling inspired to write again.
I’ve even received a few more inspired ideas about projects I could tackle next.
But I’m not in a rush to jump on any of them. I will allow them to unfold one inspired step at a time.
I will trust that everything is unfolding in perfect timing, because history has taught me it always is.
I’d like to end this with some thoughts for you to consider…
If you find yourself hanging on tightly, trying to make things happen, trying to control situations and people so they’ll work out the way you want them to, don’t beat yourself up.
Simply recognize that’s what you’re doing, and make the choice to let go.
Let go of what you’re feeling you must do, do what you feel inspired to do, and trust it will all work out exactly as it’s supposed to.
It takes time to break old habits.
It may take years to break through old conditioning.
After all, I’ve been practicing following inspiration for more than 10 years, and I still find myself bumping into my old habits at times.
It’s simply the Circle of Inspired Living that I write about in my book and teach in my course. That continual process of allowing, letting go, and trusting.
Successfully following inspiration really comes down to maintaining awareness of your thoughts and behaviors, and course-correcting when you find yourself veering off the inspired path.