“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”
In setting goals for yourself—any goals—the most important thing to do is to do something. Woody Allen once said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” and the fact is, so many people who wish to accomplish something never get so far as that first step. In our last section of this book, we worked on an outline in order to break your book-writing into bite-sized pieces. Now our goal is to tackle one piece—each and every day. Well, if you’d like to take off for weekends, or prefer an every-other-day schedule, that’s fine too, but the object is to keep moving forward.
Years ago I was fortunate enough to watch the space shuttle take off—live, in person. The first thing you see and hear is enormous amounts of fire and noise—I can’t even imagine the amount of fuel being burnt in those first few moments. What struck me when I saw it was how the space shuttle seemed to be just sitting there—surrounded by fire and thunderous noise. Finally, the shuttle began rising slowly from the launchpad—it certainly didn’t shoot up like a rocket in a cartoon. It rose so slowly at first that you though it would never make it to space, but yet, before you knew it, it became smaller and smaller until you could no longer see it anymore. It may have started off slow, but it certainly crossed the atmosphere!
Like that rocket launch, at the beginning of your book project, you may feel as if you are making no progress whatsoever. You’ve written—and rewritten—your opening sentence so many times that you’ve resigned yourself to having the world’s shortest book—not even one page long! While things may seem slow getting out of the starting gate, don’t despair, and certainly don’t stop. Perhaps you’ll find that chapter 2 flows easier than chapter 1, or that you need to discard what you’ve done so far and restart, but be sure to keep up with your scheduled “writing dates.” And when the momentum does hit—hang on and enjoy the ride!