Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The journey starts with one step
We're a week into the new year, and some of those resolutions we made on January 1st have already been forgotten or broken. Others are in full swing. For now. The sad fact is that most New Year's resolutions only last the first six to eight weeks. What is it about some resolutions that last? The first thing to do is to call them goals. Whether it's to finally write that book or lose 25 pounds, these are goals. And to achieve those goals, you need a couple of things to make them happen.
Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. I can say that I'm going to write 2 books this year, but without giving myself a deadline with a specific number of words or pages then I'm setting myself up to be disappointed.
Goals also need plans. To write those two books, I'll have to carve out writing time in my schedule. I'll have to actually sit in front of my computer with my fingers on the keyboard. I need to line up critique partners to read my chapters and give me feedback. I can't keep saying I'm going to write a book without actually... gasp ... writing.
Those who achieve goals often have accountability partners. I have a husband who asks how the book is coming. He knows if I haven't been putting in the time writing because he lives with me and knows if I've been using my writing time watching TV instead (though I often try to tell him it's for research LOL). Accountability partners keep you on track and support you when you're struggling. They are someone who checks up on you and encourages you. They can be the kick in the behind you need when you're failing too.
Most of all, reaching your goals means taking that first step. Writing that first word, paragraph, chapter. You won't reach the end if you don't take a risk and put your heart out there.
So what are your goals? What do you want to accomplish this year? As a community, we can help you be accountable. Feel free to post them in the comments.