Sunday, January 6, 2013
31Ways2GetItStarted™!: January 6, 2013
Day 6: If It Doesn’t Work, Change It!
Bear with me: I’m a wee bit exhausted, because I've been helping clients since about 5am this morning to be oh awesome, you know. *tosses hair, giggles.* So today, Sunday, I’m going to keep my wisdom short, namely: Whatever it is you’re doing, if it doesn’t work-after a realistic period, obviously—change it. Mistakes are fine; trying something new makes me happy…but refusing to learn from mistakes, and thus getting trapped into making the same mistake, over and over and over and sweet fancy Moses OVER again…no me gusta!
Listen, you’re trying to change your life, right? In big or small ways, yes? So wouldn’t it make sense to you to try something different when the first thing didn’t work? Oh, I don’t mean to start freaking out. I’m just tired. I haz a case of the grumps. It’s just that I see so many people who get locked into a pattern, and get stuck and then seem to think…”Oh well, guess this is it. I can’t [lose weight, find a good man, get a better job, fill-in-the-blank], guess this is reality and I better suck it up.” I dislike those people because they tend to be boring, and if I wanted boring in my life, I’d be back in a monogamous relationship. I’m not. My lady-parts are freeeeee! (Gross, I know, sorry. #notsorry)
Listen, the first 10 things you tried to (fill-in-the-blank) didn’t work? What about the next ten things? And the next 100 after that? True story: Kurt Vonnegut got 800 rejection letters before he sold Slaughterhouse Five http://amzn.com/0385333846. Think about that: 800. (He also saved all of them. I saw them at an exhibition honoring him at Indiana University.) 800 rejection letters and that man kept saving them and trying again. Have you gotten 800 rejection letters? And even if you had...so what, who cares! You’re alive aren’t you? What else have you got to lose? Nothing, not a damn thing, because when Kurt Vonnegut passed he had still written the books, and lived the life he wanted to. Isn’t your life worth a thousand rejection letters? (Don't go there, punk...I'm tired but I will still kick your ass if you imply your life isn't worth it.)
Anyway, in the comments, I’d love to hear how many rejection letters you’d be willing to ignore to achieve your goals. And, in the meantime, want some help in figuring out exactly what those goals are? Email me @firstname.lastname@example.org! Also, like my page on Facebook, “Carlotaworldwide Creativity Yenta,” for a free consult and join the movement…you know you want to…