Reality Blog: My “Candy Wrapper” Secret to Concrete Success

Climbing a colorful staircase

Can you even believe that we’re in the first week of April? I mean, a quarter of 2021 has already flown by! It seems like just yesterday I was scrambling to get my first Reality Blog turned in, and now I’m already writing my 13th!

Well, as my mother always says, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

When I was younger, I’d nod at her… and secretly wonder what she was thinking. For a kid, a day is gone in a hurry, but a whole year is a piece of eternity!

But as I add years to my tally, her wisdom is coming clearer.

Daily Swamps

In fact, I’ve come to realize that the secret to success isn’t just about setting concrete goals for the next year or two or five. It’s even more about making sure you don’t lose sight of the horizon while you’re struggling under day-to-day demands.

If I’m not careful, the tasks and unexpected things that crop up during the day can leave me feeling swamped. Overcoming that feeling works best when I keep my eye on my goals and balance each day’s tasks, chores, and hardships — big and small — with progress toward those goals.

It’s a little like reading the hard, dense business books I’ve been accumulating. These books are gold mines of information and ideas about marketing, copywriting, persuasive writing, and entrepreneurial success.

But sometimes, when I’m in the middle of a dense chapter, I start to feel swamped… like I’m just not quite getting the point. I get frustrated and feel bogged down by the challenge.

Fortunately, I’ve found a solution…

The Power of Concrete Progress Markers

When I get that bogged-down feeling, it’s usually because I’m trying to think about too many things at once. I’m trying to wrap my head around the whole book, instead of internalizing the current chapter.

But I’ve learned a trick that helps.

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Suzanna Fitzgerald

Suzanna Fitzgerald

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