People say the biggest challenge when running a marathon is the mental block. It’s that voice in your head. You know the one:
“You think you can run 26 miles? Are you crazy? Go back to the couch before your lungs explode and your legs fall off!”
I haven’t run a marathon, so I couldn’t say if it’s that or the whole running thing that makes it difficult. But I do believe that your attitude and mindset have a huge impact on whether you reach your goals.
I bring this up because I recently received my first rejection from an agent. Don’t worry—the drowning of sorrows in a vodka tonic or twelve is almost complete. Just one or two more should do it….
Actually, I was not devastated by the rejection at all. The agent politely informed me that there is a glut of paranormal books out there right now and she didn’t think she personally could sell mine. Since I am writing in the paranormal genre, she is not the right agent for me. And that’s fine. In fact, I’m excited to have a rejection under my belt. Kind of gives me some street cred in the writing world. (Not quite the same kind of street cred as knocking over a liquor store, but it’s something.)
How do you deal with rejection? How do you overcome obstacles that stand between you and your goals? I’d love to hear from you!