“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” Author Unknown
Everyone talks about perseverance – stick-to-it-iveness – continuing steadily on in spite of difficulties or obstacles. But how do you actually apply this vital quality day after day?
Here’s a simple plan that, = if followed on a daily basis, will definitely bring you closer to achieving whatever you want in your writing and in life:*
#1 Figure out the next baby step you have to take to get where you want to go.
#2 Identify whatever obstacle is in the way of your taking that step.
#3 Remove, disregard or ignore the obstacle.
#4 Take the step and move forward.
#5 Go back to Step #1.
Straightforward, isn’t? The beauty of this simple strategy is that you can apply it to just about anything you want to accomplish. It’s a way of staying focused, marching steadily onward, despite whatever roadblocks – inner, outer, or imagined — crop up along the way.
So what’s a goal you have right now, today, in your writing? Is it to finish a story that’s hanging fire? To revise your novel manuscript? To sharpen your dialogue in a scene? To contact the next agent on your submissions list?
Whatever you want to achieve, you can move yourself a little closer today if you put this simple plan into action. Memo to myself: “Just do it, Karin!” Write on!
*This strategy comes to us via Dr. Rob Gilbert’s fabulous Success Hotline: 973.743.4690.
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