Wouldn't it be nice if, once we decided to pursue a writing career, that we move from the bottom of the ladder to the top in an express elevator. You know the ones in those skyscrapers in big cities. You step inside, hit the button for the top floor and in an instant you're there. No stops or bumps along the way.
A writing journey doesn't work like that. We have lots of starts and stops, lots of slowdowns and bumps on our writing path. Sometimes we even slide backward several steps, then have to make up for lost time.
Once we do find some success in our writing efforts, I think the slower journey has benefited us. We can look back to see where we started and where we traveled to get to whatever success we've found. When we do, we should take some pride in what we've come through to attain something good in our writing world.
The hard part is getting through that slow journey, step by difficult step. Keep in mind as you do so that any goal you have is worth some effort to achieve. If it's too easy, it's not going to mean nearly as much to you, is it? If you hit a goal after lots of hard work, you can be proud of your accomplishment. It may be trite to say, but nothing worthwhile comes easily.
As you move along your writing path, know that each new step you take is bringing you closer to where you want to be. Maybe you'll never reach the peak of the mountain but as long as you continue to work and grow in your writing, you'll be a lot higher than the day you started out.
One goal we as writers should set for ourselves is to conitine to grow as writers, to keep on learning our craft, and to continue working at a steady pace. If we do all those things, we are going to continue climbing rather than sliding back to the beginning of our writing journey.