It’s the time of year where we reflect on what happened in the previous and get excited about setting new author goals and resolutions. Planner sales skyrocket, people, make vision boards, and we’re all excited about what’s to come.
The year ahead has unlimited potential and man we’re going to crush it. We hit Jan 1st, or rather 2nd since we’re recovering on the 1st, ready to kick ass and take names.
All which, statically speaking, last about a month. We get to February, and it’s back to old habits. Then we spend the next 11 months thinking about our author goals but maybe not doing as much as we should.
Does this sound at all familiar? Why does that happen?
I know if I’m honest I set too many goals that I can’t possibly accomplish, or they’re unrealistic. Thus I’m not focused, and my intention to achieve my goals isn’t as strong as it needs to be.
I recently came across a Google doc from 2015 listing my goals for that year. I realized not only did I NOT meet them, but I went on to make the same ones in 2016, and 2017. 2018 was a bust as I wrote here.
It was eye-opening and depressing. When I took a minute to reflect on why I seem to be such a loser, I realized I set goals that I found reasons NOT to be serious about my goals. I was making so many excuses why I couldn’t achieve these goals and then getting upset I wasn’t living the life I wanted.
Definition of insanity anyone.
I’d even been blaming some of those around me for holding me back and who was the real person holding me back?
Humbling truth. The truth sucks sometimes.
Right then I swore 2019 would be different and started my planning process over the Thanksgiving holiday.
I committed to myself that this year WOULD BE DIFFERENT, I would follow through.
I wouldn’t let excuses get in the way, and 2018 was going to be MY year of success For REALZ this time not for PRETEND like in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
I’ve set my 2019 goals, and this time I mean them. It started with writing them down, which I always do but this time I also wrote my future statement on how my amazing life will be when I hit my goals. I put it in my vision board app from Hay House (it’s free you can get it here), printed it out and put it on the wall in my office. My goal is to read it daily.
I spent time breaking down my goals into actions and then smaller tasks until I had an overview for 2018, monthly objectives, and weekly tasks for the first 90 days. Then as each week approaches, I can break them down further into daily tasks.
It was hard and scary. I’ll be honest it’s given me anxiety, but that’s ok. Pushing through fear is something that I must do to make the big things happen in life.
Planning took more time than I anticipated but it’s investment in MY future. My dreams. My life. My Happiness. So totally worth it.
Where are you at with your writing goals? Are they in your head or have you taken the time to put them down on paper?
Are you ready to get serious about building your writing career this year?
Get rid of the excuses.
Banish your fears and set goals to get you to the writing life you want.
So what if you already work 3 jobs and don’t have time.
MAKE TIME! 10 minutes a day is better than no minutes a day.
If you’re ready to make 2019 YOUR YEAR (and I know you are), then you need to stake your claim. Declare your goals and create a plan how to reach them.
If you’re not sure where to start, I can help. Start your writing and self-publishing journey with the FREE Goal Setting for Authors course. This FREE course will help you get focused and intentional about your writing goals.
It’s designed so you can complete it in 5 days but depending on your time frame you can adjust that. Block out a day for yourself and knock it all out or take a few minutes each day to work on it until you’ve got your goals and plans.
Make sure to join the Writing Warriors Collective private Facebook group and share your goals with the rest of us. Telling people is one step to being more committed to your goals.
Don’t you owe it to yourself to pursue your dreams?
How are you going to make 2019 different?
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