Layout A Day: You CAN Do It.

by Lain Ehmann on February 13, 2012

Here is Bridget.

making time to scrapbookBridget is a scrapbooker.

Bridget is a busy mom.

Bridget was traveling this past weekend (we were both at the Niche Affiliate Marketing conference in Atlanta!).

Bridget is participating in Layout a Day.

Even after a long day of classes and caring for her mom, son, and grandmother (who were all at the conference, too!), she went back to her room and cranked out her layout for the day.

Bridget gets a gold star!

Bridget reminded me so much of how accomplishing ANY goal we have is a question more of a DECISION than it is of circumstance, skill, or luck.

If you want to create a layout a day, you can do it.

If you want to start a business, you can do it.

If you want to lose 20 pounds, clean out a garage, or write a book, you can do it. You just need these three things:

1. Commitment. DECIDE you’re going to do it, whatever “it” is. Bridget committed to doing LOAD, even though she knew she’d be traveling.

2. Clarity. Bridget knew what she had to do — a layout each day. There’s no figuring out what the end goal was, or what “success” looked like. It was a layout a day, no more, no less.

3. Consistency. Make it a habit. If you give yourself permission to miss, you’ll find yourself missing more. In fact, it’s been shown that those who aim to exercise every day are much more successful than those who aim to exercise three days a week. With three days a week, there’s always an out because there’s always tomorrow. But if you’re consistent, then you’ll be more likely to succeed.

Get rid of all the excuses. Forget about “trying.” As Yoda would say, “Do or not do. There is no try.”

Harsh? A tad. But whatever your goal, it’s only a decision away.

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  • KMorinBZmom

    I totally agree. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Bridget Greenwood

    Lain, I’m blushing, but thanks for the encouragement, it is really hard to stay motivated when you are tired or busy.   I missed 1 day but I made the decision to do this and all you can do is keep moving forward, don’t stop because you miss one.  

  • Lynnette

    I completely agree with your 3 points for success in LOAD.  Each individual has the power, if wanted badly enough, to make it happen.  I do believe the chances for success are greatly increased by the fabulous foundation you set for us.  I don’t know how you do it, but every time you help create this environment of success.  Thank you for that.

  • Linda Tieu

    We all need some tough love… I totally agree that it’s about buckling down and just doing it!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Linda! :)

  • Anonymous

    Thank YOU for being one of the biggest LOAD fans and cheerleaders! :)

  • Anonymous

    You done good my friend. :)

  • Becks

    Lain, When is the next LOAD? I inquired about the February class but decided not to sign up because I don’t have a problem coming up with topics and prompts to scrap.  I heard your past LOAD were based on photography or design, and not topic based. That sounds like what I need!  Just curious what the next LOAD will be like.  Thanks a lot!

  • Kelli Panique

    Becks – The next LOAD is May 2012.  Alumni registration starts March 15th, so look for an email with that information.  General registration opens April 1st.  Keep an eye on this blog for more details.

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