I have patiently studied advice on the warrior forum prior to starting my website so I would start with a good plan. Then for the past ~1 week I diligently built my website, continued to add content and started working on back links, trusting in my plan, knowing I will not see traffic or results for a while.
Of course there is always that lingering doubt in the back of your head that your site will never rank for the keywords and the game plan will just fall apart. However... checking my analytics this afternoon I saw I just got my first hit of traffic from Google's search engine!
Though it is an incredibly simple milestone, I am thrilled to be in the game and have a small amount of confirmation of my efforts!
Next milestone: My first commission.