I take one step at a time and don’t think how many steps I have in front of me (which is almost impossible to do, anyway). I imagine people climbing Mount Everest act the same way; they get as far as they can each day until they reach the summit. Successful dieters follow these rules, too. If you think, “Oh my god, I’ve got to lose 50 pounds,” you’ll go crazy. But if you stick to a sensible diet day in and day out, you’ll be at a fighting weight in no time.
I may not accomplish as much as I’d like every single day, but I don’t let those “off days” paralyze me. Usually, I accomplish twice as much the next day.
I’ve published magazines, produced conferences for 200, knit a queen-size blanket, planned and cooked for a Christmas party for 70, written a couple of books and launched a website. No matter what the goal, my stamina and persistence helped me reach it.