Article by Wendy McCance
I had a revelation today. I have spent an enormous amount of time looking forward to the future and what I would like to achieve within say a year or so. I haven’t looked backwards from the future to my past. If you were to envision yourself one year from now looking back on what you have achieved and how you got this new success, would you see success? What advice would you give yourself?
I was startled when I looked back instead of looking forward. Instead of looking forward and seeing what I wanted and hoped to achieve, I looked back and saw my efforts in getting to my goal. I am spinning my wheels. I haven’t made any huge steps that would cause a big enough shift in my life to put me on the track I want.
To explain this better, I’ll give you my personal example. I want to publish a book, have articles in several magazines and have enough income coming so that I can seriously say that writing is my career. To get to where I want to go, I have written an article almost every day on my blog to sharpen my skills and get my name out there. I have submitted a few articles to magazines, I’ve had articles published on Yahoo Voices and I have touched on my book a little bit.
What’s wrong with this picture is that I am not using my time effectively enough. A year is really not that far away for what I am looking to accomplish. Sure I write each day, but I need to have more articles submitted and I should be further along in my book. I can use as my defense that this is all new to me and I have spent a lot of time researching how to really become a writer. Researching is fine, but it’s the amount of time I have put into reading and comfortably been taking my time that is the problem.
The more I produce and submit, the better my chances that something will come together. I need to keep in mind that like everything else there are odds of winning. The more you invest in tapping into every channel you can find the better your chance for success. In a year from now the success at some level will be there.
You know it’s easy once you start rolling and see things happen to push yourself further. There’s a reassurance that all the hard work is not for nothing and that it will pay off. I think that anything can pay off if you push yourself and don’t give up. The less movement you see, the harder you should push. I love looking backward to what I had accomplished over the last year (one year from now). This exercise definitely helps you to visualize where your weaknesses are and what work needs to be done.
One year from now, my advice to myself would be to not worry about how things will come together. Just work as hard as you can and if you are passionate about what you are doing, success will follow without having to worry about how it will occur.
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