146. Small Wins

It's so important to celebrate your small wins. When we set a goal that seems bigger than ourselves, the road to our destination may seem like a winding, never-ending, impossible journey. Not true. The moment you realize the benefit of setting smaller goals -- or breaking those larger goals into what Lisa Nichols describe as manageable pieces -- those larger goals will seem achievable.

As many of you know, I've been working on a little book called Hot Like Fire. A few months ago, I decided to go the traditional publishing route to get access to companies like Scholastic. I also decided to do at least one more rewrite for good measure.

Like anything, it's been tough. Resistance threatened to stop me many times. I wrote through it. My day job threatened to exhaust me. I found the rest and peace I needed and pressed through. With every curve ball and days of feeling stuck, I am happy to report that I have experienced small wins. 

Chapter 10 has especially been an Achilles' heel for me. It was a chapter I had to completely reshape and form because it was the cause of a major plot hole. I felt like I was facing a huge brick wall that I had to climb. I had already written this book FOUR times already. Do I really have to do it again? Why aren't the right words coming out?

Then finally, today, I hit my stride. I asked myself the important questions:

  1. What are the challenges you're facing with this chapter? What solution can you provide?

  2. What's at stake?

  3. What is the message? What are you trying to say?

Answering these questions and reading my past journals about pushing through to write the first couple of drafts helped. It let me know that if I did it before I could do it again. And that's what I did.

I was determined to finish and I did. And, although I have 9 more chapters to reread and edit, I feel like the hardest part is out of the way. Hole filled. Chapter done. One step closer. Productive days like this just make you want to shout like you're at the top of the mountain. This is what small wins look like.