In Others’ Words: Success by the Days (Guest Post by Karen Schravemade) & a Giveaway
Hi, friends! My name is Karen and I blog over at A house full of sunshine – a home-making and lifestyle blog where I share my decorating, organizing and kid-wrangling tips as we make our house a home. Thanks so much to Beth for having me here today!
You know why I love the quote I chose to share with you today? Because it’s so very tempting to look at successful people and imagine it’s been plain sailing for them. We see the end result. The accolades. The pay-off.
And usually, that’s all we see.
We watch these people reaping the sort of success we dream of experiencing, and if we’re honest, we feel a pang of envy.
What we don’t see is the backstory behind the success. The many hours spent writing or blogging in utter obscurity. The rejection letters. The failed business ventures. The missed sleep. The setbacks. The struggle.
The thing is that there’s no magic formula for success. There’s no secret handshake or back door that will get you there any quicker. Sure, sometimes a person gets a lucky break that accelerates their progress. But that’s the exception. For most of us, success is spelt “W-O-R-K”.
I love this quote from Robert Collier, because it’s not about the big Final Reveal where success is finally achieved – the mountain-top experience we all dream of in our professional careers. It’s about the journey. The small stuff. The daily habits that will take you there.
Because really, that’s where success is found.
It’s found in our mindset. In our everyday attitude toward work, while our dreams still feel a long way off.
It’s the ability to plant our butt in that chair and write the words. Do the time. Hone our craft. Day, after day, after day.
There’s a tension involved in balancing our big, long-term dreams with the small daily habits needed to get us there. It’s why I created the Dreams by Design planner. I wanted a way to hold my goals and my daily schedule in each hand. To keep track of the small stuff of everyday life, without losing sight of the big picture. I wanted a way to take those big dreams and create consistent follow through to move me toward them – every month, every week, every day of the year.
Small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Because when it comes down to it, the small things are the big things.
Would you agree?
In Your Words: What helps you be successful day by day?
I’m so glad Karen shared her thoughts with us today. She’s incredibly talented and creative — and I’ve invested in a copy of her 2016 Dreams by Design Planner for myself. I know that dreams take planning and work for them to happen. Today I’m giving away one copy of the 2016 Dreams By Design Planner. Leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will choose a winner on Friday.