I am a full time software developer, with a number of side projects on the go. These include a blog or two, making hand painted jewellery, a few pretty diverse things.
These projects (as a rule) are going well, but not great. My blog gets some views and comments but not loads. I opened an Etsy shop and made one sale in two weeks.
My problem is that I am a dreamer and when I start I always imagine the project being an amazing, runaway success and when the initial reality differs, I struggle to persist with it. Even when they are not going badly, my motivation drops and they just tick along at a mediocre level of success.
What tools / strategies should I use to motivate myself that if I persisted with average success it could become great success?
After all, I know that very few people achieve success with anything overnight, but I feel disappointed when my shop makes one sale because I wanted ten, for example. I want to feel over the moon that someone bought something!