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The Best Way to Pursue Your Life’s Work

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The other week, I received an email from a young writer, asking this question:

I want to write a novel, but I can’t seem to focus. I carry around a notebook to capture ideas, but I struggle with sticking to one story for very long. Can you help?

This is a typical battle for anyone in search of their life’s work, the major issue facing most who aspire to do meaningful work in the world. The problem is this struggle is often based on one dangerous, false assumption: You have to start big.

Life's Work

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The mistake we make

Every day, people pursuing their dreams make this mistake. They shoot for the moon without taking the first step. Here are some common examples:

  • If you want to become an actor, you move to Hollywood.
  • If you want to get a music career started, you buy some studio time and try to record a full-length album.
  • If you want to be a writer, you start writing an 80,000-word manuscript.

This is WRONG. If this is your strategy, you will end up frustrated, unfocused, and bitter. So what’s the right way?

Start small.

How a creative habit is formed

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

—Aristotle

We become what we practice. If you do something long enough — anything, really — it becomes habitual. Second nature. Like you’ve always done it.

So if you want to “put a dent in the universe” (as Steve Jobs once said), you have to start where you are, not where you want to be. You have to take the first step.

Before you can play like Jimi Hendrix, you have to learn scales and chords.

Before you write the next Pride and Prejudice, you should begin with a short story.

This is the secret to a successful career as an artist: small increments of effort that build up over time to create something meaningful.

The ugly alternative

The only other option is to kid yourself. To create a lofty goal or aspiration and never practice, only dream. This will leave you (and others) feeling disillusioned.

Don’t do this. Your passion deserves better. Instead of going big, go small — really small. Start with something you can do today, even if it’s only for five minutes. And tomorrow, do it again. Maybe for ten minutes. And so on.

Everything from meditation to auto mechanics involves practice. So just begin. Don’t plan or make lists. Just pick up that guitar, sit in front of the computer, or jump on the treadmill.

The more you work, the more effortless it will become. And soon, you’ll find yourself falling in love.

If you need some inspiration, read (or reread) my eBook: The Writer’s Manifesto. It’s short (like 900 words short) and free and applies to a lot more than writing.

Here’s to taking small steps that lead to big impact. Good luck and Godspeed.

What’s something small that you can do today to begin your life’s work now? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

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  • http://twitter.com/SimonBrushfield Simon Brushfield

    Such good Advice Jeff. Nice work. So many artists shoot for the stars with unrealistic goals. As you say, one step at a time is best. I really like your thinking and concise approach to writing posts. Straight to the point. Short sentences. Congratulations. Definitely retweeting this one.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       Thanks, Simon. Appreciate it.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    It took me a long time to realize this….as a matter of fact, 3 blogs and about 600 posts. I may have even figured out two books to write.

    • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

      Love your honesty. I am very inspired by you with your constant drive. 

  • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

    Love this, Jeff. Small habits over time create big results. Your friend is doing something. He or she is carrying around a notebook. Creativity starts with small captures, bits of focus in the crevices of the day. Love it.

    • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

      Absolutely.  In time, quantity leads to quality. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       good call, Joe. often, we don’t think we’re doing much. but something is better than nothing. and i’ve found that little somethings regularly done are better than big somethings done infrequently.

  • http://www.theinspirednotebook.com/ Brigid | The Inspired Notebook

    Hi Jeff, I love reading this, especially as I did exactly this with my blog post today.
    I’ve started small, much smaller than I’ve been imagining, but am so very proud to have taken one of many steps towards my dreams.
    For a long time, I’ve been making the mistake of ‘shooting for the moon’ (or at least of imagining myself doing that!), and have held a couple of big dreams just out of reach.
    Yesterday, I realized just what you’re saying here: that I will actually never achieve these things if I’m not prepared to start small and, in a way, prove myself, to both me and others!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       Brigid, I’ve found that if you take small steps every day (as opposed to large leaps once in awhile), you actually end up further down the road. It’s the magic of incremental change over time.

  • Mike Zserdin

    Nothing is more disheartening than seeing a dreamer with good dreams not do. Well said regarding disillusioned. Good thoughts Jeff.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       well put, Mike.

      • Mike Zserdin

        very motivating Jeff. Thanks.

  • http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2011/07/arranged-marriage-and-the-modern-girl/ Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy

    I’m getting up at 5 every day to write.

    • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

      How do you do that? I did that for a while, but my body rebelled against me at some point.  

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

         go to bed earlier. :)

        • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

          Soooo  much easier said than done.  I know you’re right though.

          • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

             not easy, but it does come down to priority.

      • Meg R

        ha ha ha Jim, go to bed earlier, read yourself to sleep.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       awesome. that’s where it started for me, too.

  • http://www.adamlasky.com/ Adam Lasky

    Great post Jeff!

    Everyone wants to change the world, but nobody wants to wash the dishes.

    • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

      Or take out the trash and change dirty diapers. (Jeff,your time is coming soon for the latter.)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Well except for me. I kinda like washing dishes. But I hate doing laundry. ;-)

      • http://www.adamlasky.com/ Adam Lasky

        Exactly!!!

  • http://thehandwritten.com MichaelDPerkins

    As silly as it sounds this reminds of of the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bit at a time.”

    Dreams are the same thing.  Everyday we decide to start.  Everyday we take a bite.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I love elephants. They’re delicious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.holmes Bob Holmes

    Jeff, I’m calling you out!

    You are practicing the oldest skill and the first art form, Mentoring. We mentor what we are. What we know, are learning, and what we share are mere steps across the thresholds into other people’s lives.  You are mentoring every fiber of your being.

    Thank you for mentoring us!!!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Bob

  • http://www.chadgibbs.com Chad Gibbs

    Jeff, I think you just Mr. Miyagi’d us.  Great words today!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Wax on.

  • neal dahl

    Nice post Jeff. Good to be reminded of the basics. In music speed comes with practice. In carpentry it’s the same. (Which is why I still have all my fingers) I sometimes forget that when writing. An epic takes time. Making a difference takes caring about others.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Jeff – this is a great post!

    I was just discussing this with a friend last night

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       Thanks, Vito. You summarized it well.

  • http://twitter.com/AnokinaS Anokina Shahbaz

    Love this post Jeff; you have such a powerful way with simple words that drives the message right through to the reader’s heart. You pinpointed exactly what I have been doing wrong – dreaming but not practicing. And then I end up frustrated, wondering why! I love what you say about starting where you are, not where you want to be. Which is why I’m in the process of writing short articles for a newsletter that gets passed out at the place I currently work, though I won’t be there much longer. I think it was Theodore Roosevelt who said: ”
    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       love that quote. Thanks for reading, Anokina.

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com/ Charles Specht

    I think that sometimes starting out small (baby steps) is a wise thing to do, but I also think that jumping in with both feet and being “totally committed” is the way to go at other times.  Every situation differs and each person is unique.

    Choose the process that work best for the you rather than jamming yourself into someone else’s box.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       True. But after you leap, what does tomorrow look like? Another leap? For me, it’s often just a simple step. That seems to best describe most days for me: a choice to move or stand still.

  • http://twitter.com/MARLdblE Marlee Ward

    When it comes to “your life’s work” the idea of developing a habit can seem so counter-intuitive. By nature our desire is to go big…our dream is big (and typically always bigger than what we are at the time). I think that is what makes starting small so hard for so many. But it’s essential. This is such practical, truthful, and powerful insight, Jeff. Thanks for the reminder. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      my pleasure, Marlee. thanks for the comment.

  • http://twitter.com/_HeatherHart Heather Hart

    Ha ha! This is the exact reason that I write devotional books instead of full-length works. It’s okay to keep them short and sweet. :) I am planning on starting a full length book in the near future, but I’m taking the time to plan it out and make sure I have enough material first. After 3 years of writing devotions, I finally feel ready to take the leap. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       awesome, Heather!

  • http://flailingthroughlifeandlove.blogspot.com/ Hillary

    This is so true. Lately, I have been applying myself to reading until I get a good idea for a story, and then writing. It’s been working great. It was such a simple plan, but it works! 

    I have found though, that my blog has been getting a bit of the short end of the stick. Whereas I used to use it as an outlet for my creativity, it’s now fallen to the wayside a bit because I’ve been applying myself elsewhere. I’ve always loved photography, so I have reasoned to start actually carrying my camera around with me, like on a strap around my neck. That way, I can take more pictures that I can write about for my blog. Life is always happening around me. The weather is starting to get warm. Who knows what new pocket of creativity I will come across just by taking this step.

    Great post. Very True. Thank you.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       I love how open you are to inspiration, Hillary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LindseyMHartz Lindsey Hartz

    I’m applying to volunteer at an existing non-profit that focuses on what I am passionate about. I have a “dream” based on my own experiences, but need to be in the trenches with others and THEIR stories in order to truly understand need and scope and focus going forward. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       love this. i did the same thing for a year. so valuable. humbling, too.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Starting small is the reason I started a blog. I’ve always wanted to do something big and creative, but was constantly overwhelmed and stymied at every turn. One day I thought, “I’ll just write something. That’s creative.” So I opened a free WordPress.com account and wrote something. Then I wrote another thing. And another. Then I started a Facebook page. I entered a small blogging contest. I tried my hand at Photoshop. I bought an inexpensive audio mixer. And so on, and so on.

    Now I’m working on recording a cover song one track at a time, and who knows what my small steps will lead to? 79 blog posts later, I haven’t exactly “made it,” but that’s no longer the focus. Looking back over the past year, I can’t imagine starting out where I currently stand without all of the knowledge I’ve gained.

    I wish I’d learned this lesson sooner than age 35, but there’s no time like the present.

    ~ Chris

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       that’s right. i wonder if we ever make it.

  • James Prescott

    Great post Jeff – something we all need to hear, again and again. Thanks for sharing this. :-)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       thanks, James!

  • http://www.nebraskagraceful.blogspot.com Michelle DeRusha

    Awesome advice, Jeff. When I wrote my first book (unpublished, but hey, it’s written, right?!), I didn’t know I was writing a book for about the first half or so. So that diminished the intimidation factor. When I went to start my second book, I totally freaked with how overwhelming the process felt. Now I am focusing on 1,000 words at a time (or less, depending on the day!) — very small chunks. It’s a lot easier on the mental health to focus on 1,000 words rather than 70,000.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       agreed

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com/ Eileen

    Good advice, Jeff.  I know I’ve read many times (even here I believe) that it’s like running a marathon.  We have to train.  I used to stink at running and could barely run a mile. (I still kind of stink at it but love it any way)  Now I’m training for a second 1/2 marathon.  But  it all started with a commitment to start small and then add to that.   Now, if I can only learn to consistently apply this to writing…hmm. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       love it!

  • http://twitter.com/tammyhelfrich Tammy Helfrich

    Really needed this today!! Thanks.

  • http://www.theskooloflife.com Srinivas Rao

    Hey Jeff

    This is great. A book you might enjoy that I read recently called Little Bets talked about about this exact process. The author said that a guy like Chris Rock goes out to stand up clubs locally and bombs multiple nights in a row. But what he does is use that feedback, and continually refine it for the big shows that we see.

    We tend to underestimate what we can do in a year, but overestimate what we can do in a day.  I recently talked to the founders of this company called Leanpub which allows you to publish an in progress book, and get feedback from your readers  while writing the book. So, I  imported the feed from my blog and hacked it up a bit into a book. So, no book deal, no publisher, but a starting point.

    The one other thing I would add to start small is that you have to continue. If you start small and do nothing then you wont get very far. But if you take baby steps every day eventually those baby steps turn into giant leaps. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       interesting! good call on continuing. the point of starting small is to do it daily, because that becomes something big.

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    Great post Jeff,
    For me, I have to keep blogging and guest posting to build the blog. For our move to Hawaii next year, it’s save money like crazy this year.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       love the story you guys are living, Kimanzi.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshTaylorSongs Josh Taylor

     For a while I was busy and had to force myself to work on my music which is my dream.  I’ve had to realize that every day is either wasted or moving forward however small.  I’d take at least five minutes a day no matter what, however tired I was.  I ended up getting far more than I would’ve thought.  These small steps really do move further in the long run than taking big steps that don’t work out.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       thanks, Josh. well put.

  • http://thousandshadesofgray.wordpress.com/ Jill Salahub

    Silly humans, we expect to go into the gym and walk directly to the 100 pound dumbbell, after having spent the last five years on the couch, and easily lift it, AND have larger and more defined muscles immediately, and if we can’t do that, well, it must be impossible, right? It is absolutely my experience that if you want something to happen, you have to stop waiting for it and happen, just start, take the smallest step and then another and you’ll be amazed how they add up. I also find as an artist that you can’t possibly know how something will turn out or what it will be until you begin, and as you work, show up and remain open to what happens, the thing begins to emerge and form, but it’s only through “working it” that it becomes, not imagining it. Most of the time, the idea doesn’t drop fully formed into your lap from the sky, you have to carve away at it. Great post!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       silly humans, indeed.

  • http://www.evanforester.com Evan Forester

    Excellent analogies. This makes incredible sense!

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    Great stuff Jeff, the problem is that most people (me included at times) want the best end results without logging the 10K hours for expertise…

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       ditto

  • http://www.nurturingcreativity.net/ Denise Smedley

    Also, we don’t want to compare our beginning with someone else’s middle (forget where I read that) – but, it’s a good point.  Anyone that accomplished something big started somewhere.  Maybe they even started off way worse than we did.  Develop those habits and you’ll get there.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That’s an Acuff-ism. A good one at that.

  • http://www.cdenning.com/ Chris Denning

    Jeff, 

    This is a great post, and even applies to more than just our biggest dreams. If I want to be good at my job, I have to find the incremental steps I need to take to grow in my role before its expanded. Loved the Aristotle quote, definitely ripping that one :)

    cd

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Rip it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/glori.faye Glori Surban

    I needed this! Thanks Jeff!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       you’re welcome, Glori.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree Jeff… 

    Something I hope I’m learning…Maybe I’ll get to the 80,000 word manuscript some time, for now its enough work to crank out an 800 word post that makes sense.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       love it. you’ll get there.

  • MM

    Yeah, I have to agree. Getting started is so hard, and I finally reached a point where  something inside me said, “JUST DO IT!” I’d spent a great amount of time learning the how-tos of novel writing, such as how to create good characters, dialogue, scenes and other stuff. Finally the time came for me to start. I literally sat down, created some semblance of a plan and just did it. I’ve been chipping away for months. I’m not sure when or if I’ll ever consider myself a writer. My mind does not work like novelists I’ve read about. They say their minds constantly find stories in everything around them. They create so fast they can hardly keep up with themselves. Unfortunately, I don’t work that way. I literally have to train myself to think like they do, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to pull it off like them. But I know one thing, I’ve done more than I ever thought I would do. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       I resonate with this. Creativity, for me, often feels like work.

  • Pam

    This is inspiring. I used to dream a lot about being a novelist until I decided to quit procrastinating. That was when I encountered the problems you mentioned – jumping straight into a long story without ‘warming up’. Ended up tired and sick of conceptualising my story but never seeing it come to pass. I decided to begin small and managed to write a short story titled 4:00pm http://breakfastbythesea.posterous.com/400pm I've been reading your blog posts daily, and just wanna say you’re such a motivating force for me personally! Thank you Jeff!   

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       Thanks, Pam.

  • http://twitter.com/cynicalbynature Kevin Basil

    Another great post. The way you used Jimi Hendrix and learning scales and chords really got the point across to me since I am a musician. I play drums and people tell me how great I am now but they don’t know that I’ve been playing for 15 years and when I started I couldn’t even read music. The same goes for writing and everything else in life. Nothing happens over night. If it did, I don’t think it would be that fulfilling anyways.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       agreed.

  • http://www.redemptionsbeauty.com/ Shelly Miller

    This is a sacred  echo for me. Thank you.

  • http://www.sparklife.com.au/ Gordon Chen

    Sounds like the young writer probably also goes through the fear of missing out on something. When he/she has too many stories, options, ideas or choices you can’t help but fear that you might miss out on something better so you can’t focus on what’s infront of you – this creates paralysis. 

    The grass is always greener on the other side, focus on one thing at a time and start somewhere, anywhere.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       This is really well put, Gordon. I know this fear, but struggled to describe it. Thanks for giving words to something many people feel.

  • Corinna Richards

    So simple,  yet so challenging- so true, yet sometimes so hard to believe. So obvious, but deceptively hard to see at times. Really helpful encouragement, thank you. 

  • Anonymous

    So true, in many areas of our lives. We want to do BIG things, not accepting that we have to work consistently at the small things to achieve the BIG things. Things like writing everyday. Or exercising everyday. These are 2 that I am working on right now!
    Great words Jeff!

  • http://bit.ly/zi5hhw Mike

    I agree that we have to go small first then build. Rome wasn’t built in a day after all (or however that expression goes). We need to be able to focus on doing the small tasks and gradually build from there.  

  • http://twitter.com/estimatedfuture BW

    Good post and such a difficult thing to remember.  Thanks for the reminder.  

  • Jim Martin

    Jeff, this is a great post!  I appreciate your emphasis on just starting and being willing to start small.  I needed to be reminded of this.  Very helpful.

  • http://itsakoolife.wordpress.com/ rebecca koo

    Super, super, super helpful. Thank you.

  • Mark Campo

    this the the advice i forget the most , i’ve post the quote everywhere to remember, 

  • http://www.creativehogg.com/ Josh Hogg

    Excellent advice about talking small steps. It’s funny because I just recently finished putting a post together about enjoying the process of the small steps in writing, rather than the big step of publishing (or in the case of this post, finishing a novel).

    It was something that I struggled with for the longest time: writing to get published. Though publication is a noble pursuit, you can’t show up everyday to write, if all you have to motivate you is getting published someday. 

    Well, maybe there is someone out there who only needs that goal. It certainly isn’t me.

  • Kate

    Thank you! Such a great reminder. I’m a musician for fun (with a sensible day job which, thankfully, I also love). My small steps are…15 mins guitar practice 4/5 times a week, and loading demo versions of songs on piano onto soundcloud.com…I got sick of waiting to be ready to record a “proper” album and just wanted to spend time on music! You’ve given me the encouragement to continue:)

  • Abetterjulie

    This is SO true. It took me a long time to realize this, but some of that realization came with maturity. Thank you for posting this.

  • http://www.abishekrana.com.np/ Abishek @The Blogger’s Way

    Hi Jeff,

    You know I love this post, as it clearly gives a live example of how you have written a beautiful article, explaining the problem and tackling with solutions giving examples. Now, that’s true creative.

    Yes, I totally agree on your point of ‘starting small’.

    You know, in his book ‘Eat That Frog’, Brian Tracy says in order to eat an Elephant, you need to eat it one bite at a time. And that requires focus. Eat one bite a day, then doing the same other, and one day

    Remember, it took Thomas Watson, the famous inventor 1,000 tries to make a light bulb! So, if he would have stopped at 500 tries, wouldn’t we be living in the darkness? So, I think the point is to not quit, and keep on walking, and enjoy the journey. And have fun along the way.

    Thank you for sharing this insightful article.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You mean Edison? ;-)

      • http://twitter.com/queldaniele Daniele V

        Elementary my dear Edison

  • http://twitter.com/tamsibling Megan Sullivan

    I really needed this today. As a writer who hasn’t yet “made” it, I’ve been creatively stifled for the past few weeks. I’ve got the next great book I want to write, but when I make the time to sit down and do it, I find myself at a loss. Good reminder that sometimes just writing three sentences of absolute crap might free you to write the next five pages of absolute gold! Thanks for sharing. Something tells me I’ll be referring to this a lot in the next few weeks.

  • Madhanskumar

     Absolutely nice & inspiring.  I love it.

  • http://moviefilmcool.blogspot.com/ Movie Film Cool :)

    Yup, “Nice and Easy” explanation.

    What I can advise, based on personal experience, develop in you these two habits:1)Choosing the Hardest Difficulties each time and overcoming them;
    2)Live for Work and not pleasure;Takes time (I’m still developing them), makes your life a bit uglier, but so much worth it in the end :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much, Jeff! Awesome post! For me the baby steps started with your 12 week program, I joined up with outstandingsetup.com (brilliant guys by the way!!), got an idea, and started writing. For me, baby steps includes listening to constructive criticism, as well as the fun of learning how websites work!

    Thanks again!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Dave!

  • http://www.paperandglam.com/ Paper & Glam

    Exactly what I needed to read today. Write on. Run on. Press on. Thank you, Jeff!

  • Sweetmuze

    I’m so glad I ran across your blog. I really needed to hear this. Thanks!!

  • Navya

    Like the idea of baby steps. Very true and a nice wake-up call for those of us, who dream and dream, but don’t take that first step. 

  • Laura

    Thanks, Jeff. It gave me a new perspective. I was more like “if you want to be an actor then move to Hollywood”. I needed this :)

  • Anonymous

    Ahh! Thank you so much for this. I’ve started small, but sometimes I do wonder if it’s insignificant and worth it. That voice is my worst enemy. The other part of me realises that I’m kind of enjoying the baby steps, the practice and the daily routine of writing in itself. 

  • Maggie S.

    Write.  Tidy up the bathroom.  You said, “dream.”

  • Owenlawson

    Man this is divinely inspired….I just came to the exact realization a week ago!  Reading this today is like an exclamation point!!!  Thank you for posting.

  • http://www.zencaffeine.com/ Kaylee

    Hi Jeff!

    I just found your blog, and I’m loving it! This post especially was very relevant for me..I often find myself wondering if I’m not being bold enough, if I’m playing too small by just posting to my blog 4x a week. But you have a great point – the little things add up. I don’t need to spin out a crazy-long book (yet) to be a writer. Meanwhile, I’m getting great practice!
    Thanks for the great post. :)

  • http://twitter.com/LisaAR Lisa Ancona-Roach

    To find the balance between “dreaming big” and “doing small” in order to make that dream happen is certainly where I am. I finally made the commitment to blog once a week and be accountable to that. I truly believe it is the first step to creating the habits I need to write in the ways I aspire. If it’s not too self-promoting, I’d like to share my blog with you and your readers (at least the readers of your comments! :)). I’d love any feedback.
    http://thejugglestruggle.wordpress.com/
    Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/armaanmagic Armaan Khanna

    Start small.. in one little sentence you’ve said it all…

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      :)

  • http://www.ipaintiwrite.com/ Pamela Hodges

    A great reminder. Thank you Mr. Goins. And, how is the diaper changing going?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Good! We bought cloth ones. Lots of clean up, but good…

  • Idalisse

    I totally needed this! So grateful that I stumbled upon your blog!

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