“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments,” Jim Rohn wrote. But it sometimes seems that the lion’s share of energy goes towards to the accomplishments side, and far less towards goals.
Because our lives are so busy, writing to-do lists can feel as if we’re setting goals. For many writers, the benefit of to-do lists is that they relieve the mind of having to remember non-writing tasks. To-do lists make room for more writing brain power. However, lists also tend to obscure the one vital action that’s needed, to take the next step in a writing career. It may be worth writing a separate goal at the top of the to-dos:
What’s the one small or large thing I can do today to advance my writing career?
Larger Picture Goals
For the larger picture, it’s well to keep the goals light and lofty. After all, the idea is to be happy, enjoying our days as authors. We want the freedoms and challenges that a successful writing life brings. So, one enjoyable goal-setting exercise for longer-term goals might be:
Picture yourself at table, with friends or family, glasses of bubbly raised. What successes are they toasting for you, and you for them?
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers, Mel.
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