Sunday, June 28, 2015

Success is Small Steps

The other side of the post, "Failure Takes Time"

Failure is the result of the chronic not-doing. It's the choice to do something else that is not a goal. Instead of spending an hour writing, no matter if it's an incredibly productive or not, it's time spent in front of the television or computer screen on YouTube. Goals fail when distractions win.

The truth is, success is nothing more than the mirror opposite. Not everyone has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to write, but many publish every year by using that hour or two to write. They turn writing into a habit, like tuning to HBO on Sunday nights to watch the newest episode of Game of Thrones.

Some write only on the weekends, since they have obligations they must attend to Monday through Friday. And I've seen these people achieve their goals, they finish what they start, even if it takes longer than expected.

A day might not be spent writing. Asking, "Is this a subject I want to tell?" or "I should make a good book description." If that is what takes the entire day, great! It is a phenomenal use of time.

Thirty minutes a day is thirty minutes closer to success.

There are pitfalls, and accidents, and setbacks. Hey, that's life. These things will happen. What differentiates failure from success is what we do after we meet those things. Do we stop indefinitely or continue onward?

I continue. A month or two may fill in the between, but I keep walking. If I can take a step, I can walk a mile.