Waiting for Awesome


You create.

You make something from nothing and you put it into the world. Maybe you share with excitement or maybe you let it quietly be. Either way, once out there, the waiting game begins.

It seems to me we spend a lot of time waiting for awesome. You know what I mean, right? We put something out there (anything) and we wait for people to respond. We wait for the outcome we want. We wait for awesome.*

But awesome is an elusive thing, and rarely appears without reason to do so. What reason do we offer, what work do we do to attract awesome to us? All too often  the answer is nothing. We wait and wait and wait and then we get frustrated or angry when awesome doesn’t show up. Then we quit. Or, at least, a lot of us do.

We wait.

We wait more than we realize. We choose waiting over taking action, over getting the thing done that needs to get done. We wait because not waiting (taking action) is a lot of work and that work can seem unbearable.

While we wait we look around at others and we watch them get the awesome we want. We envy, we copy, we malign, we judge and we resent people who get what we want, seemingly without the stress and the uncertainty that we feel everyday. We see awesome go elsewhere and we blame everyone else – everyone, but the one person who needs to be accountable.

If awesome doesn’t come to you, that’s on you. No one took it from you. No one “owns” awesome and no one gets awesome without effort. If awesome doesn’t come it’s time to reevaluate what you are doing and how you are doing it. It’s time to look within yourself and get really honest about what you did right and what you did wrong,  about where you fell down and why you got complacent.

As tempting as it is to blame others, if you are waiting you are not working. And if you are not working, it’s on you.

At the end of the day, you can’t succeed by waiting for others to give you something. You have to work, every single day and make it happen yourself. There is no easy way, there is no magic bullet and there is no overnight success.

There is only work and when you work, awesome just might decide to visit.

*”awesome” is a metaphor for all that we want…sales, attention, money, love, whatever it is that you seek.