I’m borrowing a quote I found on Facebook just the other day.
Neil Gaiman: “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
There is so much in there to love! Don’t you love, “good madness?” I especially like “write…as only you can.” Goals and wishes have some similarities and some differences. We can all wish for something: to lose weight, to stop smoking, to write a book, to get a book published, to walk every day, to win the lottery.
But if we don’t figure out a plan for that wish, it remains a wish and never becomes a goal and more than likely we don’t accomplish anything.
I frequently write about goals in the new year, but in reality we should state one whenever the mood strikes us. (It’s a little like cleaning out the closet. Whenever that drive to clean hits, I know to dig in right then and get busy. No telling when it will strike again or how long it will last! 🙂
Having spent the vast majority of my life as a kid and adult connected to schools in some way, I see new beginning opportunities at other times than just in January. Most schools start in August or September. Besides the first of the year, we have the beginning of a new 6 (or 9) weeks period, the beginning of a new semester. Even at the first of the week, you can resolve to do a better job of whatever
Generally, the “experts” (yes, there are experts about how to set goals!) suggest that goals must be
Something you can realistically accomplish
Be accompanied by steps to make them happen. (just wishing doesn’t work.)
Have a support group.
Celebrate your accomplishments.
A weight loss goal fits those guidelines. You can measure your progress or lack of progress. LOL As a writer, I expect that one will always be one of my goals forever. At some point, I hope I can change it to maintain.
If I’m doing my work, I’m sitting in front of the computer. Finger exercise doesn’t quite get it. Though actually, my fingers are quite slim. 🙂 In January of 2015, I went on Nutrisystem and chronicled my journey on this blog. I lost a total of 28 lbs. Then tried to manage eating “real” food, because in reality you can’t just eat packaged food forever. Over four or five months 10 pounds crept back on the scale. Now I drop one or two and put back three. So it’s time to refocus. Still, I need to celebrate that I’m 20 pounds lighter starting this year than last.
But I have to release my next book, ACT OF TRUST. That’s the first goal for this year. Waiting to get it back from the formatters. For some reason, it’s taking longer than usual. Still shooting for before the end of January. Love the cover.
The next big writing goal is to write book three of the series, ACT OF BETRAYAL. So far I’ve got 800 words. Not many toward a goal of 70-80 K!
When I finish the rough draft of ACT OF BETRAYAL, I’ll put it away for several months and return to the third book I wrote, THE THEATRE. Put in on hold to focus on ACT OF TRUST and because I didn’t want to release two books back to back with theatre settings. After I release THE THEATRE, I’ll go back to edit book 3 of the series. Complicated, but doable if I keep my rear in the chair.
Of course, complicating this more is the fact we’re moving this spring. The work on the lakehouse is coming along and if we can get our house cleared out (taking time from writing), so we can put it on the market, I believe we can be in by late spring—April or May.
Whew! Makes me tired writing all this. So how about you. Do you set goals or make resolutions? Do you have any tricks for keeping yourself motivated? Do others working on the same goal help? Or do you do better just on your own.
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