True in every sense. No matter what you are after in life, short term or long term, you have to work for it. Your dream will not simply fall into your lap. There will be ups and downs along the way. That is all part of the process.
Celebrate those victories – That email from a client or publisher, that encouraging message from a friend, finishing the rough draft you’ve been working on – no matter how small they may seem, these are part of the bigger picture that will help you obtain your goal. These are only a few of the little achievements that push us forward; keep us moving.
Embrace the pitfalls – The dreaded rejection letter, a bad review, not meeting a deadline – these are the obstacles that discourage us. Embrace the moment; have the pity party. Then suck it up and move on. Learn from these instances.
A personal story: This four-day weekend was my planning time for 2017. I was going to lay out the calendar, schedule some blogs, make contacts, etc. Yeah, no, that didn’t happen. Four days wasted because of a hurt arm. I was in so much pain and nauseated, that I had to resort to the pain pills prescribed by the Urgent Care doctor. That put me in a la-la-land cycle for three full days. Wake up, move around a little, eat, take meds, fall asleep, wake up and do it all over again. There just wasn’t anything in me that remotely wanted to open my computer or notebook and get cracking on this new year. Today, finally, a little relief. With my arm propped up on pillows, I figured now was as good a time to get started as Friday would have been.
The reason I tell you this story – Nothing worth having comes easy… No matter what your goal / dream is, and no matter what your obstacles are, you can push through it and achieve what is yours. Claim it. The setbacks will come. Get through them and cheer with the accomplishments! Best wishes to you in 2017!
Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor