When your “To Do” list resembles the “Never Ending Story” more than the exciting vision plan you had so much fun charting out,

it may be time to take a step back to see what you have accomplished.

Looking forward to all that lies undone may cause you to hyperventilate instead of high-fiving your progress thus far.

I’ve had one of those weeks.

Loads of laundry were pushed aside as boxes from a recent move took precedence.

Creating gifts and making space for family time, shoved this weeks goals a little further down the list.

This is frustrating to a person who actually adds things to my list as I do them just to have the satisfaction of being able to check them off.

(Can you relate?)

And then, in the midst of my disappointment, a couple of people reached out to comment on my progress.

It was like having someone notice the weight you’ve lost when you feel like you have totally failed in your eating plan!

And that’s when things fell into perspective. There was progress! Losing 5 pounds in 30 days is better than not losing at all –

Celebrate that! Writing one story, sewing one project, reaching out to one friend…

Whatever your goal has been, any step in that direction is a step worth celebrating.

The greatest discouragement in beginning any new journey is the moment when the excitement is diminished by the fear of failure.

So what, you didn’t complete the whole thing this time – you started. Keep going. Take another step.

Five pounds can become 20. Walking a mile can turn into a 5K. And a blog can become that novel.

A friend and I have a running joke about the tortoise and the hare. I may be slow, but I am steady & get there eventually.

Don’t get discouraged if you feel like time is passing you by like that crazy, speeding rabbit.

Stay focused. Take some time to re-read your goals and vision plan.

Note what steps you have taken (writing goals counts) & celebrate them.

Let the excitement you felt when you decided to take this journey reenergize you.

Now get up, brush your self off & let’s go!

We may not be the first ones to cross the finish line –

But we will cross it.

I believe in you & I believe we can do this thing together!

So what small win are you celebrating today?