Slow Road to Success

By Shani Petroff

There’s a lot on my plate at the moment.

I have two big deadlines fast approaching, a bunch of smaller ones, commitments, appointments, work, and a book launch I should be preparing for.

My head says go to the gym, get my work done, make healthy meals, be productive with my time, yet I am overwhelmed.

There are days where I just want to stay in bed, put the covers over my head, and sneak books to read, shows to watch, and my phone to play with.

Instead of being the super machine I was hoping to be, I’m feeling like a machine on the fritz.

How am I supposed to get everything done?

These huge goals, these tasks, seem daunting. Instead of productive, I feel stuck.

However, I’m finally getting myself moving—and it’s because of Weight Watchers.

I reminded myself, I have to take everything one step at a time—just like with losing weight.

During those horrible crash diets I tried many, many moons ago, my thought was always, I need to lose all of the excess weight now. It was all or nothing. I needed big results as fast as possible. I always crashed and burned.

Even on Weight Watchers when I would expect giant losses each week (which didn’t happen—nor would it have been healthy if it did), I found myself stuck. It was when I took it week-by-week, day-by-day, choice-by-choice, that I made progress.

A pound here, a point-two there, all add up.

It’s the same with my workload. I’m not going to write 50,000 words in a day. But I can chip away at that number—one chapter, one page at a time.

Instead of thinking about the finish line, I’m focusing on the present. I’m focusing on the here and now.

Surprisingly (although it should have been unsurprisingly), it’s helping me get things done, and even letting me have time for everything else, too. A walk helped clear my mind between projects; instead of constantly going to the fridge for junk to munch on, I took a few minutes to make a meal (eggs and a salad which turned out to be fast and healthy). Instead of staring at a blank document, I just started to type—giving myself permission not to be perfect, to just get going. And I am going, I’m getting there.

I’m learning that like a giant weight loss, a huge project doesn’t get done overnight. But if you keep at it, do what you’re supposed to be doing, you’ll get there. It’s how I wrote my last three books, and it’s how I’ll write this next one. It’s also how I’ll reach my Weight Watchers goals!

We can do this!

What tips do you have to achieve your goals? I would love to hear them. You can find me on Connect @shani!

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