So I wrote out my five year plan the other day. I borrowed my goal setting method from my husband. When we met he was a average sized guy with the very beginnings of a beer belly. The pursuit of an MBA, finishing our daughters food and a lack of sleep when the second kid rolled around helped him put on weight.
He's lost a lot of weight since then, he's practically back to his old high school weight. When my sister in law decided to ask him how he did it the other day, this was his reply: "I decided I was fat and so I made up my mind not to eat so much."
Now mind you he started exercising twice a week and watching his calorie intake. By this time we'd already decided to go veggie for most meals and eat whole grains. But that's beside the point. He made up his mind to do something and he did it.
What he also did was do something that most of us are afraid to do. Break our goals down to their simplest forms and stick to them. It was so simple once I'd heard it out loud I realized that I had vague goals.
I want to be a writer isn't going to help you get published.
I am a writer and I want to be making a living at it in five years, gets me closer. (This is about doing something I love and being able to do it for a living)
But do you know what my actual goal breakdown is?
I'll tell you. In order to achieve my goal I have to sell books.
How do I sell books you ask? I have to submit books to publishers/ agents and have them offer me a contract. (There's more in there but I'm keeping it simple, think promotion after a book gets published.)
I have to get an agent or a publisher to be willing to read the book first before they offer me contract right? So what does that mean. It means I have to have a polished novel, a polished synopsis and a great query letter ready.
Do you know what that means. It means I have to write and revise the book before I can get to that point (I've been doing this all along. Editing however is something you have to learn along the way and I recommend taking a class)
See really simple, I have to write, revise, edit,and submit my work. Repeat as necessary for my goal to happen. My idea for goal setting be realistic and ask yourself Why/how? like an inquisitive five year old who won't leave you alone, because the reason we hate asking these questions is because we don't like digging around for the answers.
I saw this on Isis Rushadan's Blog this morning and it applies to every goal you ever had and intend to have. I also reminds me of a couple I know (you guys know who you are)
I've been having to repeat this to myself in general over and over again recently. That and not to get ahead of myself before completing the goals already in progress, because then I stretch myself too thin.
Once the most pressing one is taken care of, I'll be sitting down and mapping everything out.
PS, whatever you do, you'll be friggen awesome.
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