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Control is an illusion.

You may think you have it all under control and then a freak accident happens. It could be anything, from you standing up from your desk, hooking your foot on a wire and sending your external hard disk backup drive flying against the wall, to your daughter dropping the other backup hard drive a few days ago.

Boom! All my data gone. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

It’s been one of those weeks where all I want to do is climb into my bed, hide under my blanket and pretend the world does not exist. Have you noticed how life plays out? When things are going wrong, everything seems to go wrong. Windows get broken, medical bills suddenly emerge, customers don’t pay you, people let you down, and you bleed cash like a hosepipe.

It’s times like this when your brain really does a number on you.

For the last few days I have been experiencing “Impostor Syndrome“. We all experience it at some point in our lives. That feeling where you feel you are not good enough and “why on earth would anyone listen to me” thoughts racing through your head. Couple that with an inferiority complex that suddenly hit me when I realised that after years of working my tail off, there are  a few people making more money than I am off my Book a Day templates on Amazon. This despite I now have almost 500 books on Amazon. And I am still nowhere near my goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year in terms of revenue.

Over the years I have learned that there are two ways to handle times like this in your life. The first is to crawl into bed and hide. And sometimes it is good to do this for a short while. The other way is to realise firstly that everyone goes through this and not just once in their lives. When this happens to me (after I have done the blanket fort thing) I know that there are some things that I must change. It’s time to take stock and look at what is working and what is not working. What can you do differently? What needs to eliminated and what needs to be added to your life? It requires a long. hard and often unpleasant look at your actions and behaviours to establish what needs to change.

But here is the good news.

It gets better. Each time you experience one of these soul-destroying episodes, you come out stronger and more productive, if you allow yourself to. Life is tough, but so are you.

I have now resigned myself to the fact that all my data is gone. I have to start again with all the manuscripts and designs I had and redo a lot of them. I have also gone ahead and bought a new domain called PLR Planners in a slight restructure of my business and my branding efforts which focuses on my fellow authors and creatives and gives them tools to create a publishing business for themselves. I have outlined a new training course that I will produce over the next few weeks. And today Bill and I are launching our Book A Day Elite Coaching program.

I am now at the tail end of the “feeling-sorry for-myself-while-clutching-my-blanky” phase. This is good news for you because I have created a free PLR Food Tracker Planner for you that you can download off my fresh new website PLR Planners. I always feel better when I give stuff away.

If you are feeling down or demoralised please send me an email. I am happy to chat.

Happy Publishing.


Have you checked out our other resources and training?

I decided to take Di Heuser’s coaching offer as I had been away from the publishing scene for a number of years and wanted to get back into it. Di was extremely knowlegable and helpful on the entire topic. She helped point me in the right direction, making a few changes to my business model and we worked out the best way I could target both business to business and business to customers.

Having just completed our sessions I now have a vision of where I want to go with my publishing and how to get there. I went from having only 3 books on Amazon to now just over 36 with a lot more in the pipeline.

I highly recommend taking Di up on her coaching offer if you are feeling confused, overwhelmed or just not sure of what path to take on your publishing journey.

Sue Fleckenstein

Owner, Createful Journals

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