What to Do When You Feel Like You Can’t Catch Up

What to Do When You Feel Like You Can't Catch Up

Do you ever feel like you can’t catch up to what everyone else is doing? Do you feel worried that you don’t have enough time and that opportunities are passing you by? The internet moves at the speed of light, and just as you start to work on your new ebook… you find out that ebooks are out.

Oh, okay. Well, a membership forum then. That’ll work.

Too late. Passé.

Hm. Okay, a course would be alright. How about a course?

Except you look up and see everyone clamouring away about their course and you realize that you’ve already missed the train. It’s clattering down the rails a mile a minute and you’re watching it rattle by.

Alright. Courses are out. Now what?

Now you start to think you’re too slow. That you’ll never make it. That every idea you have is just two minutes too late because someone else beats you to it. You start to think it’s always going to be like this and that you’re never going to be able to catch a ride on that train to glory.

How are you supposed to keep up with everything? It’s impossible! You have other stuff to do, and you can’t do it all. It’s not like you have staff backing you up or tons of money available to hire people.

And you have to work and earn a living and take care of your family. Geez, you have a life, y’know.

Good point, that.

I don’t rush to hop on trends. I don’t have a course. Or a membership forum. I have some ebooks, and they do very well indeed. (You might even want to read one or two of them.) But I’m not over here going crazy and busting my ass to ride that speeding-bullet train of what’s hot these days.

Do I miss out on opportunities because I take my time? Sure. There’s value in hopping on a trend and cashing out on the potential. There’s money in being able to be one of the first launching something new and exciting.

Here’s the thing, though: There’s value in having a life that isn’t full of crazy keep-up pressure.

I like my life the way it is. I get to go out in the sun every day and chill out. I can spend time playing guitar and laughing with friends. I work the hours I want to, and I don’t feel I have to scramble to catch trends.

You may be different. I know people who love pressure, who enjoy scrambling to get it all done within just a couple of weeks. They brainstorm like crazy to find a way to launch what they need in the time frame they have. And they work damned hard as the wire comes down. They ride the exhilaration of moving fast.

That’s them. We’re talking about you.

You don’t have to go nuts. You don’t have to sweat the pressure. You can take an extra couple of weeks, or even a month or two or three, if that’s what you need to build what you want to build. There’s no one out there saying you fail if you miss the train. You’ll catch the next one. Or maybe you’d prefer a nice, easy drive instead. Hell, you might even walking best!

Look at me: I may not have a fancy course or an awesome forum or the next hot thing, but what I do have is the time to breathe and a life I enjoy. I have a solid business that does quite well indeed, thank you very much. I’m not frazzled, I’m not racing, and I’m not scrambling to jump onto anything.

If I miss an opportunity? That’s cool; there’ll be others that come along.

And that’s good enough for me.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I think every now and then we need a reminder that whatever we’re doing is just fine. There’s nothing wrong with being ourselves, and not being as fast as some others.

It’s all right if you can’t develop something as quickly as you’d like – work at your pace. It’s all right if you miss the cool trend – what you built is still good and worthy to launch. Let the racers move ahead and win – you’ll win in your own way and at your own speed.

If you know that what you’re creating is solid as a brick and that it’ll offer people good value that they can appreciate for a long time, then by all means relax. Enjoy life. Don’t try to chase the train. Don’t worry about whether you’re missing out.

You’re not. You’re doing just fine.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.