Celebrate the small victories

The journey to achieving your dreams can be a very long road indeed.

It’s longer than you thought, and filled with more obstacles than you had ever dreamed of. So how do you keep from giving up?

Sometimes I find a look back can be good. Instead of focusing, always, on where you still need to go, turn around and have a moment to appreciate what you have achieved.
Also, celebrate the small victories along the way.

  • The first draft is written. Celebrate that.
  • The tenth edit completed. Celebrate that.
  • Formatting completed. Celebrate that.
  • Holding the book in your hand. Celebrate that.

I’ve found that if I celebrate the small victories, then when I’m struggling or faced with something else that has gone wrong, or has taken longer than I wanted it or planned it to take…I can take a moment to see the milestones that I have passed to reach this point. I can concentrate on the fact that I have come this far. I am actually here, at this moment, facing what I need to face because of how far I have already come. That gives me encouragement to keep going, to keep striving and to keep achieving my dream. It may not be much but despite the setbacks, struggles, and discouragement, I’m still here. I’m still working toward my dream.

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Resolutions

Photo: Sparklers by Brittany Randolph. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Photo: Sparklers by Brittany Randolph. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

The Google found definition tells me that ‘resolution’ is a noun and means:-

A firm decision to do or not to do something.

Fair enough.

According to several websites and blogs (where the information came from originally – I have no idea. I tried to find it but had to give up after about 4 hours.) New Year’s resolutions began with the Babylonians, who apparently made promises to the gods in hopes they’d garner good favour in the coming year.

Now days, it’s a secular tradition which some people attempt every year, and others flatly refuse to attempt. At all. Ever. The tradition of making a decision on New Year’s Day to do or not do something. A resolution.

As 2014 came to a close, I realised I’d actually achieved mine. Mine was a carry over, I must admit, from 2013. But in 2013, I started and in 2014, I completed. I achieved. I did.Read More »

Endings

 

Photos wrapped in string
Photo: Memories by Megane Callewaert. CC BY 2.0

It’s not quite the end of all things, but it is the end of the year. And what a year it has been.

It’s the year I started this blog.

From humble beginnings of 3 followers, and lots of worry of what I should write, I made it through the year never missing a Wednesday posting. I’ve made a heap of new friends. Some who have connected on Twitter and/or Facebook. Some have become e-mail pen friends. It has been an amazing experience.

It’s also the year that I published my first book.

Shattered.

What a ride that has been. There is absolutely nothing more daunting than jumping in feet first and trying to market/promote a book when you’ve never done a single thing like it before in your life. But I’ve, again, met wonderful people along the way. ‘Indie’ authors who have no qualms or hesitations in giving advice and encouragement. I’ve experienced the wonder of readers who find me on Facebook to say ‘hi’ and tell me they’ve enjoyed reading Shattered. It’s been a rollercoaster of ‘wow, this is so amazing’ and ‘oh heck, what the dickens am I doing’. But it’s not been boring.Read More »