As you might’ve seen in my recent video
, I’ve been in a bit of a pickle with my book
Although it’s shameful to admit, I became fixated on the idea of the book becoming a New York Times bestseller. I developed an obsession with metrics, sales figures and marketing strategies and put a lot of pressure on myself that “this book has to be really good”.
Inevitably, this focus on the outcome meant that I stopped finding research and writing fun.
Not only that, but after pushing through and getting work done, it turns out, my work wasn’t that great. And so now we’ve taken a whole new turn with the book, and it feels as though I’ve just wasted months of my life worrying and working.
I opened up about this to my housemate and therapist, Sheen
. She said something quite simple - ‘Isn’t this supposed to be fun?’
She was totally right.
Even though Journey before Destination is one of my guiding principles, I don’t always take my own advice.
I started this whole process of writing a book because I thought it would be fun, and an interesting adventure. And I forgot that worryingly fast.
So this is a little reminder that if you’re fixated on something, you might also need reminding to enjoy the journey. After all, in the immortal words of Miley Cyrus, “Ain’t about how fast I get there. Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.”
Have a great week!
PS. I’d love to hear back from you. When it comes to having fun with work, what is your biggest challenge? Please hit <reply> and let me know :)