We’re almost halfway through 2014. Are you meeting your writing goals for this year? Perhaps you haven’t set any goals yet. On January 2 this year, we looked at five easy New Year’s resolutions for your writing. Use them as a blueprint to set some goals for the rest of the year if you don’t know where to start setting goals.
If you have goals, you can relax
Once you’ve set some goals, you can relax. You’ve eliminated that “I should be doing better feeling”, because you know exactly what you need to do to meet your goals. You either achieve them, or do you don’t.
However, the big benefit of goals is NOT achieving them — it’s having a compass. Your goals guide you. You may end up somewhere better than you originally intended. That’s a common occurrence.
I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau:
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
If you consider that insight, it’s profound. As long as you have goals, failure is inconsequential. You’ll always be successful, because you’re becoming the person you have the potential to be.
Let’s say that you set a goal to write and self-publish a book by the end of 2014.
December 31 rolls around. You’ve written 50,000 words, and you have another 25,000 words to go. You haven’t achieved your goal.
Did you fail? No, because you’re a different person as a result of writing those 50K words. You set a new goal, and you press on with your book, and self-publish it in March 2015. Whether it’s your first book, or your hundred and first book, that’s a proud moment. If you hadn’t set your original goal, you wouldn’t have achieved it.
I love this insight too, it’s from Les Brown:
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.”
Indeed. Set goals, write faithfully, and you’ll end up in places which will delight and amaze you.
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