Procrastination

Procrastination is the fear of success- Fortune Cookie.

Statistics say that most small businesses fail within the first three years, so failure is expected. Does that expectation of failure keep one from accomplishing goals that are necessary for success therefore resulting in procrastination?  I would categorize myself as a procrastinator.  I assumed my procrastination came from a fear of failure.  The fortune cookie saying gave me another perspective, if failure is to be expected when starting  a business, where does fear come in to play? Preparation for failure is a part of business strategy so procrastination can be seen as a tool (to a procrastinator). Success is different. Success is what one hopes for, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel, but there is not much said on how to get there, how to handle it, or what it feels like. Once one becomes successful, what’s next, how do you maintain it. For me, that is fear inducing. So I can see how I may not be doing everything I can and putting my all in for fear of being successful, because failure is familiar, but success is unknown. Procrastination is my leverage between the two.

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Focus

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To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu

As I embark on this journey of re-launching my publishing company, I find that my mind floods with ideas and I’m switching from project to project without completing anything. Stilling my mind and focusing on one project at a time is challenging. What I am finding is I am more excited when it comes to the creative side of Publishing, the business side is another story. So I have to look at the process like building a house, the business is the foundation, the creative is the decor. I’m big on to do lists so I make one for the week and make sure the business related tasks get listed first. I saw the quote above and the word that came to mind was focus. Keeping the creative mind still takes focus. One task, one goal, see it through to the end.

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Man's Best Friend

NO SKII had a conversation with myself about worrying about things I can’t control. I tried to talk to the dog, but she didn’t seem interested.

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Mouthpiece

I had a conversation with a friend on how I don’t like to talk to people. I don’t like to use the phone and I prefer to communicate via email.   I keep a very small circle of people around me that I communicate with on a regular basis.  I know this doesn’t serve me if I am trying to be a successful author and business woman. I am not the type of person who can strike up a conversation with a stranger, but I make friends with people who can, and use them as my mouthpiece in social situations. 

I realize that networking is key for a small business owner.  Attending events, meeting potential vendors and other small business owners is the best way to market yourself and meet others that could provide valuable information through their experience, and all this knowledge can be gained by a simple hand shake and “Hi my name is”…

I really wanted  to attend a local networking event and I invited my friend to accompany me.  I was scared I was going to hold up a wall in a corner somewhere and not make any contacts. I psyched myself up before the event that instead of “using” my friend as a mouthpiece, I would just imitate her. It actually worked. I ended up making a few contacts and handing out some business cards, and eventually I emerged and I no longer needed to imitate my friend. 

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Starting Over

photo 2-4I started Marquise Publishing February 3, 2003 to fulfill a dream of becoming a published author.  After publishing two titles: Transforming a Pear into an Hourglass; A Journey from Fat to fit and Emotions Personified, I moved out of the state I was living in and the company went on a long hiatus.

I re-launched January 2013 with a new focus and mission: To use the art of writing and storytelling to inform, inspire, and empower.  What does that mean? I want the books I publish to do more than entertain, I want to spark conversations, inspire artistic vision, and empower others to tell their stories. I also want to publish other authors.

I’m noticing with this new launch how much the business has changed since Marquise Publishing was first founded. Having a website was enough back in 2003, now I need a Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and a host of other social media platforms to help promote myself, my business, and my books. Along with the challenges of starting a small business, navigating this new frontier has proven to be an adventure. Re-starting a business with no funding and a dream is a book in itself. This blog will be my way to vent my frustrations, ask questions, post unpublished works, and keep a record of my failures and successes.

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