…For Now

“Today I will be master of my emotions. And with this new knowledge I will also understand and recognize the moods of him on whom I call…No longer will I judge a man on one meeting; no longer will I fail to call again tomorrow on he who meets me with hate today. This day he will not buy gold chariots for a penny, yet tomorrow he would exchange his home for a tree.” -Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman In The World

You finally find your passion project. You decide to manifest it. You do so with excellence and generosity. You work your butt off. You’re proud of what you made as you truly feel you did your best. You’re excited to share it with others. You launch and…

Crickets.

What helps in the face of this seeming rejection? This self doubt?

First, realize that this is just not for them.

Okay. But what about the people you were so sure would love what you made? Who would show up and enthusiastically support you? Who would tell the others? Who were the people that inspired you to make the thing in the first place?

What happens when they don’t show up? Or show up and are like “Meh.” Or worse, they dislike your art?

Now what?

Add two magic words to the end of the sentence, “This is just not for you…”

They are: “…right now.”

“This is just not for you right now.”

Say it to yourself over and over.

“This is just not for you right now.”

“This is just not for you right now.”

“This is just not for you right now.”

That sentence will keep you going in the darkness. It will help you stay focused and finish out the project as best you can. Upon completion, it will help you honestly reflect and learn from it. And most importantly, it will inspire you to find and manifest something else.

Because someday, they and many others will come around. Count on it.

Never stop making your art.

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