Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Do You Beat Frustration or Does It Break You?

Filed under: Motivation — by at 11:47 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Woman screaming and pulling her hair
(Photo credit: Ralaenin)

It has been one of those weeks!

Since releasing my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself last December, I’ve also wanted to offer an electronic version, an ebook, to reach more readers. Sounds simple enough. Many people are selling ebooks; some are making a sizeable income by selling them

The first step was to learn how to create accessible PDFs (portable document format – a common file format of ebooks). I finally had time to learn this while I was preparing a web accessibility training session for a local municipal government in June. Step one done, finally!

The next step was to figure out how to make it downloadable via PayPal. I had done some research, but didn’t have a clear, step-by-step process in mind. It appears many people are selling ebooks, but aren’t revealing the necessary steps; at least, not for free that I had found yet.

My goal was to have the ebook available for sale this week, in time for kicking off my Summer Sojourn virtual book tour on Monday. It is now Thursday night, the ebook is not yet available online and I am running low on chocolate!

Frustration : a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs

Deep dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems – that pretty much covers it! But, the real question is: how will I cope with this frustration?

With a low frustration tolerance, some people give up when facing discomfort and struggle. Their frustration leads to lethargy, a lack of discipline, helplessness and hopelessness, and they focus on short-term discomfort rather than on long-term goals and rewards. Whereas, other individuals with patience and tolerance will persevere through their frustration and solve their problems. How do they deal with their frustration?

Techniques for dealing with frustration:

  1. Repeat affirmations, like “Even though I dislike frustration, I can survive it.” (More frustration-tolerant affirmations
  2. Break task into smaller goals and then reward yourself.Chocolate works for me!
  3. Take breaks to recover energy and to gain a new insight or perspective. Surprising how many brilliant ideas strike while I’m in the shower!
  4. Ask for help!
  5. Release your emotions through exercise, deep breathing, talking with friend or, my personal favourite, watching a sappy movie. For some unexplainable reason, this video of the adult lion reuniting with her human caretakers did it for me this week. (Does anyone know if this is Elsa, on which the movie Born Free was based?)
  6. Tomorrow I will take another look at the pieces and figure out how they go together. The ebook may not be available when I had hoped, but it will be available soon!

    All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is to — act as if it were impossible to fail.
    ~Dorothea Brande

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Comment by Karen Putz

August 17, 2007 @ 7:29 am

Hang in there– you can work it out!
You might want to post your request on the Writer’s Weekly forum–there are several writers there who have gone through this process and they’re great about helping others.

Comment by Lillie Ammann

August 17, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

There are several ways to distribute e-books. Some people e-mail them; others put the files in a password-protected directory and e-mail a link and password to purchasers.

But I think the best way is to use a shopping cart that offers a download feature. The most cost-effective one I know of is E-Junkie, It works with Pay Pal or Google Checkout or Authorize.Net.

Comment by Lillie Ammann

August 17, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

Glenda, I also have several posts on e-books on my blog. You can find them all on the Series and Related Posts page.

Comment by Seth

May 27, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

Those are great steps to help with frustration. I know for a fact that many people could really benefit from looking at those 5 things and applying them into their lives.

If they did that, they would have a lot less stress and anxiety in their life.

Thanks for the post and hope you got your book up.


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