This is the third article in our writing goals series.
Creating writing goals, and achieving them, is a PROCESS.
Once you understand the process, you’ll set goals, and will achieve them, with confidence.
As I’ve said, few writers understand goal setting. One of my writing students had a vague idea that she’d like to make $2000 a month from her writing within a year of starting. I encouraged her to think in terms of daily income. With much trepidation, she set a daily income goal of $400 a day within six months.
She didn’t quite achieve that goal. At the end of six months, she was making an average of $250 a day. She’s now aiming to make $500 a day by the end of April next year.
She’ll achieve it, because she realizes that goal setting and achievement is a PROCESS.
So, you’ve set some goals, and have considered the benefits.
Now it’s time to grab your courage, and confront your obstacles.
Let’s stick with our example goal from the first article, “Six months from today, by March 30 2012, I make $500 a day from my writing. I write articles for websites and magazines, and for business clients.”
Grab some paper and a pen, and list some obstacles.
You might write:
* Not enough time to write!
* I’m scared — I’ve only ever made $100 from my writing. How will I make $500 a day? (The answer to that is PLANS — which we’ll discuss after we discuss getting the help you need, in our next article.)
* Don’t have the skills.
* Don’t have clients.
This is important: write down every obstacle you can think of. Put them in words. If you don’t put your obstacles into words, you’ll shy away from them, and will forget your goals.
Your biggest obstacle is always FEAR, basically of the unknown. However, once you identify your obstacles, you’ll see them for the paper tigers that they are.
Therefore, today, write down as many obstacles as you can think of for every goal you’ve created.
More soon. In our next writing goals article, we’ll discuss getting the resources and the help you need, and in the following article, we’ll help you to create plans for achieving your goals.
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