Taking Small Steps to Success

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I’ve always been that person trying to take leaps and make 847034 things happen in a day. More times than not I find myself setting the same goals time after time, then feeling discouraged when they don’t happen immediately.

It also doesn’t help that I’m a perfectionist at heart. I want the best results straight away which I know is very unrealistic. Perhaps you feel the same, like you’ve been trying to lose weight for the past few years, or you’re still trying to start your own business.

I get asked quite often for my best tips to success and so I wanted to address it here. I’m in no way stating that I consider myself successful, but I have been successful in turning my blog into a brand and full time job. I still have a hell of a long way to go, but I wanted to share the most important thing I’ve learned.

Taking small steps

I don’t believe in an overnight success. An overnight success is years of hard work in the making. It’s all about chipping away at your goal every single day.

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Strive for progress, not perfection.

Nothing starts off perfect. You don’t need to wait for the perfect moment to start on your goals, you just need to start otherwise you will never improve. All you have to focus on is moving forward and take steps every single day to get yourself to where you want to be.

For example, before I started Sunday Chapter, I already had big goals and aspirations for the brand. One of them was turning it into my full time job, which of course can seem a little daunting when you’re just starting out. I devised a business plan and that was “think big, start small.” I think of it like an upside down triangle.

So I started taking it slow and steady.

Every day I would work hard to make small efforts towards my main goal. I planned blog posts months in advance, I networked with PRs and bloggers, I engaged on social media & created content with value, I listened to marketing podcasts in my spare time, I studied photography, I invested in my own domain and so on. I guess you could say I built up all my tools – and I’m still building them because I still have bigger goals.

I’m just taking it day by day, step by step.

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I kind of look at it the same way as dieting (is that weird? probably) to which if you do things fast, it doesn’t last. You crash and burn and most likely end up back where you started. Where as those who are slowly incorporating exercise and healthy meals into their regime, end up successful in the long run.

Basically, start PLANNING your success. Figure out what you need to do every single day to get closer to where you want to be.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in & day out. Consistency is the glue that holds it all together.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.”

Plus perfection is kind of boring. Progress makes for a much bigger adventure.

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Do you agree with taking small steps towards success? Are you interested in hearing more of my blogging tips?

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  • I love reading your blogging tips, definitely share some more? I think it’s always wise to remember it’s about progress rather than how perfect something is! x

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

    • Thank you!! I will certainly do so :)

  • Robyn Taylor

    ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is my fave quote, and small steps are always the way to go! Loved this post.

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

    • Mine too! Thanks so much Robyn!

  • leah rachel

    Such an amazing post Angela! Taking small steps is always an important thing to remember. I don’t believe in overnight success either, it’s always a work in progress!

    http://www.leahrachelgoth.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you! Couldn’t agree more :)

  • This is such a great post and so so helpful! Sometimes I get caught up with things being perfect, but it’s much better to learn from your mistakes – I’d definitely be interested in hearing more of your blogging tips! :)

    Millie x | Millie’s Wardrobe

    • So easy to get caught up! So glad you liked this post. I’ll be sure to share some more tips!

  • Fantastic post Angela! I am definitely a perfectionist who makes large goals and gets frustrated when I fall short, so this was a good reminder :)

    Have a great day!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

    • Thanks so much! You sound like me haha!

  • Perfect post! I think it’s really important to remember the importance of those small steps because nothing’s gonna happen overnight. :)

    • So glad you liked the post Matea!!

  • Diana Maria

    This is so, so true! I always set really ambitious goals, but take on way too many things at once and want everything to work out all at once- I don’t have much patience! I’m also a perfectionist, so I try so hard to make everything perfect and get discouraged when things don’t go exactly to plan, but I agree that taking small steps is the best way to do it! You’re story is so inspiring of how hard you worked to become a full time blogger, I hope I can do the same one day xx

    My Lovelier Days

    • Yes! That’s me in a nutshell haha. Thank you so much Diana! If you can dream it, you can do it :)

  • Love this. I’m definitely in the process of making myself keep small and working my way up without feeling discouraged that things aren’t as progressed and perfect as I wish they were.
    Kyah / http://www.weekendtempo.com

    • It’s the way to go! Baby steps will always bring you closer :)

  • Definitely the way to go, I’ve found setting small goals really useful. I have a vision board with my long term goals, in January I usually start with the plans for the year and break them down every month with smaller goals to keep moving towards the bigger ones. You can probably say I do like plans and lists hahaha. Anyway, great post :)

    http://janaintheworld.com

  • Yes! You’ve got a great niche here with this blogging series and anecdotes. Love these posts and your writing!

    Lisa
    http://www.theeverydayelevated.com

  • You have a really nice blog, I love your post ! <3

    xOxo Manon B
    http://www.justanobsession.com