Do you have writing goals? Most writers do, but they sell themselves short. Either they create tiny goals, or they create a bunch of wishes — dreams, rather than goals. Either way, they’re blasé about it. There’s no excitement, and without excitement about your goals, you’ll sabotage yourself, and will struggle to meet your potential as a writer.
Pause for a moment. Think about your primary writing goal. What does success look like for you? And what if you multiplied that success by ten?
Writing goals: use 10x Thinking, to become 10x more successful
“10x Thinking” has become a popular concept in business, and there are good reasons for this. The primary reason is that thinking big makes you more successful. When you aim high, even if you don’t achieve your goal, you’ll achieve more than you will if your goal is “realistic” and easily achievable.
As Why Your Realistic Goals Are Holding You Back points out:
In a nutshell, aiming higher pushes us to do better. “High goals lead to greater effort than low goals,” the researchers write. “Tight deadlines lead to a more rapid work pace . . . and lead to the arousal, discovery, and/or use of task-relevant knowledge and strategies.”
It’s a real challenge to get your head around 10x Thinking. These tips may help.
1. Develop scary goals: list your goals, and expand them, ten times
List your goals. Write them down. In THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GOAL SETTING, Michael Hyatt suggests:
“Write them down. This is critical. There is a huge power in writing your goals down even if you never develop an action plan or do anything else (not recommended). Henriette Anne Klauser documents this in her fascinating book, Write It Down and Make It Happen. When you write something down, you are stating your intention and setting things in motion.”
You can write down as many goals as you like, but choose ONE goal, and expand it ten times.
You’ll find that this is a real challenge, because you’re not used to thinking like that. So let’s look at a couple of examples.
- Tom wants to make $1000 a month from his blog, starting 30 days from today;
- Tayla wants to write and self-publish a book in three months.
Tom decides to use 10x Thinking on his goal, and decides that he’ll up the ante — his new goal is to make $10,000 a month from his blog, in ten months. Although the goal scares him, he can see ways in which he might just achieve it.
Now let’s look at Tayla’s goal. When Tayla uses 10x Thinking, she decides that her new goal will be to write TEN books in TEN months. Scary, right?
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When you use 10x Thinking, your new goals will be scary. That’s the point. However, scary goals are exciting because they get you thinking in new ways.
2. Brainstorm for success, and create a prototype NOW
When you boost your goals ten times, you’ll think: “I can’t do that. It’s not possible.”
That’s OK. Just imagine.
What if you could achieve that totally scary goal? What would your life, and that of your family, look like? You’d change your life, and change is always scary. Write down what you imagine your new life would look like.
Brainstorm ways in which you could achieve your brand new goal. Let your imagination run wild. Then create something.
I love this article, How To Brainstorm Like A Googler, especially the idea of prototyping:
“Here at Google, we like to build a quick prototype pretty much right away. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a physical manifestation of an idea that’s designed strictly to answer the most immediate questions and test our first assumptions about an idea that seems promising.”
Choose something from your brainstorming that you could prototype.
Tom wants to make $10,000 a month from his blog. To prototype his goal, he decides that he’ll create an online course. The course will be short, and he’ll promote it extensively. Three months later, Tom has made his first $10,000.
Tayla’s goal is to write and self-publish ten books in ten months. How could she prototype that? She decides that she’ll write four short stories in a month, and will publish a story a week. Two months later, Tayla publishes a novella, which sells 240 copies on the day she publishes it — she built her audience by writing those stories as a prototype.
That’s the big benefit of prototyping your 10x Thinking goal: you get quick feedback, and that makes your goal more achievable. Prototyping will change your mindset.
3. Be OK with “I don’t know”: confusion leads to questions, and solutions
When you create a goal that’s ten times bigger than any goal you’ve ever created, your initial response (after total terror) is confusion. HOW can you possibly achieve such an amazing goal?
Vital tip: be OK with confusion.
Confusion is valuable, because it leads you to ask questions of yourself, and others.
Write down your questions. The mere fact that you’ve written them down will inspire you to find solutions.
Start today: use 10x Thinking immediately
Use 10x Thinking today. Apply it to anything you like. Think big, the bigger the better. What could you apply it to?
Have fun with it. 🙂
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