I got an email today that gave me a rush of good feelings. I was suddenly filled with excitement, inspiration, and joy. No, it wasn’t that I had an inheritance waiting for me in Africa, but it was from one of my favorite spiritual teachers announcing a new workshop. I didn’t even plan on attending. Just seeing her name pop up was all it took.
Remember when email used to be like that all the time? The only people that would write you would be friends and family. And getting an email was like opening a gift on Christmas! But fast forward to today and you probably get more email from people you don’t even know. Now that you’re freelancing, you probably get a lot more email, but not all of them make you excited.
I bet some of those emails you actually dread. You see someone’s name pop up and instead of excitement, you feel some anxiety. Maybe it’s a rejection. Maybe the client is complaining about your prices. Or maybe that article you wrote offended someone. Or maybe you have some haters who try to bring you down. I have been there and I feel your pain.
Before you know it, you are just reacting and putting out fires all day. How did it get this way? A whole mess of other people’s priorities trying to get something out of you. [Read more...]