I had a productive weekend. A weekend in which I sent off a bunch of article pitches and did some work that provides me with much satisfaction. There’s never a guarantee that my ideas will be accepted or that I’ll get assignments. I’ve had enough rejections to grow a thick skin and while it is always wonderful to get an assignment (and to get paid), oddly the satisfaction often comes in just putting those ideas out there, just working towards the goal gives me a piece of success.
Sometimes I get a little tense, upset with my own laziness or worried that it’s not happening fast enough. Oh the mind can be such a tough self-critic. I’m learning, however; that truly it is just taking that step, just committing to the journey (sometimes over and over again) that gets us where need to be.
This quote has been written in my journal for a long time and I think I’m finally understanding it’s full depth.
Success is peace of mind, which is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. ~ John Wooden
When I work hard I do have peace of mind, even if that work or those ideas are rejected for publication.
My wish for you today is that you too, find that peace of mind and self-satisfaction in your work and in yourself without the need for outside approval. I know it’s easier said than done most days, but we get lots of practice in this life.