Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 2946 - You think you're not making progress?

Do you ever feel like you're not moving forward?




The chances are you actually are.

I often feel like I'm standing still as an author.  That nothing is happening with the Cheer Chick Charlie series, mainly because the sales haven't gone through the roof (yet) and I'm still only found in Australian book stores. My vision is different to my current reality.




Recently I was volunteering at a soccer evening where I was helping to sign back in team kits at the end of the season.  I'd been there a few hours when I noticed one of the other volunteers (a dad) was wearing a pink wrist band.  A pink Cheer Chick Charlie wrist band in fact.  The one that says "anything is possible".  I exclaimed in glee "you're wearing a Cheer Chick Charlie wrist band!"  He stared at his wrist for a minute then back at me and then back at his wrist as my exclamation sunk in. Ah yes, she's the author.   Apparently his daughter gave him that wrist band four years ago when she bought her first Cheer Chick Charlie book. He put it on that day and has never taken it off.

Just when I think I'm not moving forward, I hear stories like that.

A few weeks back I was tagged in a post by a Facebook friend.  They had seen a post online about a little girl attending a trivia night where a question was asked about a character in the Cheer Chick Charlie books.  The post was about the fact that she had to correct the trivia hosts because they got the wrong answer and she'd read the books multiple times and knew the right answer.  But for me, all I saw was Cheer Chick Charlie was a trivia question!!!

Just when I think I'm not moving forward, I hear stories like that.

The model daughter has befriended a family in Bondi and she sometimes babysits their nine year old boy.  On one of her first visits the family asked her what we did for a living.  She talked about her dad then mentioned I was an author.   It turns out the young lad's teacher was reading a Cheer Chick Charlie book to them in class that week!

Just when I think I'm not moving forward. I hear stories like that.

We used to have a cleaner.  She found out I was the author of Cheer Chick Charlie and was then very proud to announce that she'd seen one of my books on the bookshelf of another family she cleans for. 

Just when I think I'm not moving forward. I hear stories like that.


I guess the bottom line is, sometimes we feel like we're not moving forward.  But the reality is we are.  We've just got to notice and acknowledge the small steps as they occur. 

Snails may be slow, but they're still moving.  They'll eventually get somewhere!   

And so will we. 


This post was written to remind myself that every win, no matter how small, is positive forward movement. 


12 comments :

  1. Love this. It's all in our own perception. We only see life through our own lens and forget that others see something completely different. Just to be a published author is amazing enough - you are pretty impressive in my eyes.

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  2. That is so cool! And I can totally relate to that feeling of not moving forward. Sometimes I'm impatient and wish I was moving at cheetah speed, but I think snails pace can be a really good thing too!

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  3. This is so great Leanne. Sometimes I get down about my blog thinking it's not worth the effort {time} I put into it but then I get messages from readers thanking me for writing posts because they feel exactly the same way. The other day my mum told me her old work mates were talking about my blog and how they love the way I write, I still get so excited when I hear about people reading it, even though my blog is tiny compared to others. I think it's great to still get excited over all the little wins. #teamIBOT

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  4. Those stories must give you such a boost- how lovely!

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  5. This is a really good and timely reminder. Thank you!

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  6. What a lovely post Leanne! We sometimes never notice the difference we are making but others do. D x

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  7. Lovely how those moments of encouragement come when we least expect them!

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  8. This is so true. When you feel you are standing still you are really just moving slowly and slowly isn't always a bad thing. It gives you time to appreciate what is happening for a start. Here's to all the snail's pace people in the world :-)

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  9. Oh I love this. You're so right. Often when you're down and out and almost ready to give up you get a little sign to remind you that all of your hard work is worth it. Hooray!

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  10. I loved reading about your wins. Sometimes I think we're so busy worrying about the destinations, we can miss all the milestones that we miss on the way there. Here's to acknowledging your awesome! And for the record, remember the tortoise was slow and steady but he still won the race! Cheer Chick Charlie would have definitely cheered him on!

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  11. Oh lady, I have this feeling ALL the time. I'm an impatient being, that's my problem. But you sound like you're dealing with it so beautifully. In fact it sounds to me like you're very much getting somewhere. Congratulations, that arm band story could be my favourite. All the sweetness.

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  12. Such a motivating piece of writing, Leanne! I believe that no person in the world stands in one place, but constantly moves, either forward or backwards, even without noticing. Great job!

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