One Step At A Time

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David J. Schwartz, PhD said, “The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that “progress is made one step at a time.”

We would all love to wake up in the morning and be an outstanding-successful bestselling, sought after author with people clamoring for our books, so much so the publisher can’t get them printed fast enough. Movie studios are knocking at our door with contracts.

Or perhaps the CEO of the most successful-profitable company in the world.

The truth is that normally doesn’t happen to anyone…and if it should, there is a strong possibility that it would be fleeting. Why? Because you may not have built a foundation strong enough to sustain a lasting success.

As Dr. Schwartz said, “foundations are built one brick at a time. Football games are won one play at a time.” When you see someone hit it big, look close, you will see that person used the one-step at a time approach. One-step upon another until they reached the star they were focusing on obtaining.

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To become a bestselling author, many steps come into play. We have to write every day to finish our manuscript. Then we need to find an agent who will find the publisher or we need to find a self-publisher. Our work doesn’t stop there. Then comes the marketing phase of this foundation. Every day we have to make efforts to market our book. We have to Facebook, Twitter, and then we need to blog. There are many bricks needed to build our foundation. Remember in anything we undertake, to succeed we need to take one-step, one brick, and one day at a time.

When we have a project to work on, we should never look at the entire scope of the project, just the part that can be achieved that day. We have all heard the expression ‘One day at a time’. That is all we have. Take today; write what you can, market what you can. your one day starts today!

This advice goes for whatever you are striving for. Whether you are a teacher, business person, student–what ever the profession.

Start your step today!



About Susan Reichert

Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, a magazine for authors and people who love to read.We highlight and promote authors and their books. Married with four daughters. Live in the South. President of a Writers Group.
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