#MidWeekPOV #Goals

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Believe it or not, and I’m struggling to do so, 2016 is more than halfway over! Pondering this last night gave me reason to stop and reassess my year, so far. I do set goals for myself, though I try not to make them so impossibly difficult they become self-defeating for me. I keep them realistic, bearing in mind that I’m not quite as energetic as I once was. So I aim high, but not clear into the stratosphere. And I check things off my list as I accomplish them, just to give myself a visual validation of what I’m aiming for.

When I wrote Wake-Robin Ridge, 3 years ago this month, it was to fulfill a life-long dream of becoming a writer. I didn’t set out thinking the book would soar to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List. I didn’t expect to rake in heaps and piles of money, either. I just set a goal to write a story I’d had in my head a long time, publish it, and then share it with friends and family. Now, I’ve never been to college or taken a writing class, but I figured my goal was doable, and I went for it. The fact that the book has garnered some lovely reviews and still sells steadily was an unexpected bonus, but I attained my goal. And then I set a new one: Do it again.

And that’s how I think goals ought to work. You commit to one with all your  heart, and when you reach it, you set another one. Rinse and repeat.  Before you know it, you’ve changed your life, and you’ve made setting reasonable goals a habit. At least, that’s how it’s turned out for me.

Be forewarned though. Life will sometimes conspire against you, throwing up roadblocks at every turn, just in case it was all getting too easy. While some obstacles  must be handled in order to move on, others are merely minor road debris. Dust, leaves, and shallow puddles. Skirt around those and stay focused on where you want to go. You CAN make it to the Finish Line. (Which, of course, is just the starting line for the NEXT goal.) And you can build a productive, satisfying life for yourself that way. It’s worked for me thus far, so that’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!

Now let me hear from you. Do you make a habit of setting goals? If so, how do you go about it? Do you keep track of each one you reach? Inquiring minds wanna know.  🙂

 

18 thoughts on “#MidWeekPOV #Goals

  1. Last Summer I set a goal to get back to writing and have my first novel done before the end of the year. Didn’t exactly happen that way but I’ve grown SO MUCH more as a writer because of my efforts. I also participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time and got a very rough draft done of said novel which had previously maxed out at in the 2500+ word range. This year I assumed I’d get it revised and edited by June – didn’t happen. I have a new goal of Fall which is looking more like a reality as my dedication is better than ever in spite of the house flooding, last minute work trips, and family emergencies. Oh, and that was just this month. Loving the blog Marcia! So happy to have found you!

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    • Happy to have you here, too, Jason. (A good name. It’s my son’s! 😀 ) And I’m glad that you are not letting a missed goal keep you from working toward new ones. Just keep trying to make them realistic, and do your best to meet them, and eventually, it will become easier to do so. (Fingers crossed!) I have faith in you! 😀

      And sorry to hear about the flooding. Hope you aren’t in Louisiana. Oh, my! What a sad, sad situation for so many folks.

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  2. I try, I really do. Most of my goals are in my day job, and that still has to take priority (frankly, it always will, as it’s such a great job), but I do set myself writing goals even though I never seem to achieve them.
    At least they keep me plugging on – I just finished the structural edit of my third book, now onto the copy editing. I’d planned on an end of July release, but I have to keep revising it backward as life keeps on getting in the way:(

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    • Just keep working on it. And maybe try breaking your goals down into smaller bites? Something you’re sure you can finish in two weeks, say. Like a certain number of chapters, or the like. If you try too much at once, you might be dooming yourself to defeat. It feels GOOD to accomplish a goal, even if it’s a fairly easy one. Good luck, Debby! 🙂

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  3. I’m constantly setting goals and constantly flubbing along the way. Take yesterday and today for example–out of control! I didn’t accomplish even half of what I set out to do on the writing front, but I still piled on more goals today. I don’t know that I could exist without them. Good thing I keep lists on my iPhone LOL. I just wish life would slow down a little and allow me to catch my breath 🙂

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    • Well, if not for setting goals, you might not even get ANY of it done, so I think you can cut yourself some slack. 😀 And don’t get your ToDo List mixed up with your Goals, whether short term or long term. I NEVER finish everything on my ToDo List. Forget it!

      A bit of breath catching wouldn’t go amiss around here, either. Let’s aim for some of that! I will, if you will. 😀

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  4. Great post Marsh. It sounds like we have yet another thing in common with the way we roll. I set goals for every day. If I didn’t it would be too easy to procrastinate. Each evening I write a list of what needs to be done for the next day in my authorly world, then take a glance at my real life calendar and know what I can possibly accomplish in that day and how much will be placed on the following day. It gets done, and only life’s bumps that sometimes get in the way to delay me, but I can’t control that. We just have to be accountable to ourselves. Yes, we’re our own boss, but we’re still the worker bee. 🙂

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    • Yep, I agree. However, I suspect you are far more organized than I. Unless I’ve highlighted a daily ToDo List item in red, it’s more of an “I’d really like to finish this today,” thing, rather than a must do. And if I don’t, I’ll move it to the next day, no worries. But the ones in RED are things I know I can’t postpone. I have a virtual desktop calendar, so I can easily see all my appointments for the month or year, and I also have virtual Post It notes. Those are a lifesaver! But I don’t beat myself up over things that get moved once. Or twice. 🙂

      Anyway you do it, having those lists of daily chores and/or goals is important. It keeps you on task, and it makes you feel good when you check something off as done. 🙂

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      • That’s a fact! It’s like cleaning papers of my desk. I still don’t use virtual post-its, I’m a tactile person. My computer has post-its surrounding the monitor, lol. I had a friend come by on the weekend who looked at my frightening disarray of a desk and ask me how I can work with stickies all over and papers in piles on the floor around my desk, lol. That’s how I roll, I need to visually have things around to constantly remind me what I’m doing. When a sticky comes off, it’s like losing 5 pounds, LOL. 🙂 xo

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        • Hahaha. Well, we’re definitely not alike in this area. I have my walls round my desk covered with my inspiration photos, and beautiful images everywhere, and I HATE when there’s any kind of clutter on my work area. Even a small pad and pen annoys me. My computer desktop is always set to run wallpaper changes of whatever mood I’m in, be it beach scenes, waterfalls, animals, whatever. It needs to be PRETTY, doggone it! And I have a vase with fresh flowers in it on my desk almost all the time. Right now, I have three gorgeous pink roses from my garden in it. Stray sticky notes would make me bleed from my ears! Hahahahahaha. (I’m not this way about my HOUSECLEANING, you understand. Just my workspace. I. Like. Pretty. ) 😀

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          • Lol, okay, I give up, so I found our one thing we’re opposite in. I am that way about everything in it’s place around the home and with my things, looking neat and pretty, but my desk always looks like a tornado swept by, lol. At least I know where to find things though, there has to be some points for that? LOL 🙂

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  5. I’m a big list-maker. Ticking something off makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. Though my lists tend to reflect the small goals, I like to think of them as pennies – as in, take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves. Doesn’t always work, but I try not to beat myself up over it. Thanks for a great post.

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    • I’m a list maker, too, and I keep a virtual PostIt note on my computer desktop with each day’s ToDo list. I love ticking them off, too. If I don’t get them all, I cut the leftovers and paste ’em on the next day, and keep on until I manage to do them.

      I mentally divide the daily things into ToDo’s and the larger plan items into Short or Long Term Goals. Everything is relative, I think. For me, short term goals might be a point I want to reach by the end of the month, and a longer term goal would be a book I want to have published by the end of the year. Some people might call them deadlines, but that sounds too negative to me. Like the axe is about to drop. I’d rather think of them as goals, something I earn, rather than something bad happening if I don’t make it.

      Anyway you divvy it up, I think it’s all a good thing, because it gives you a visual that validates the progress you make, whether daily, monthly, or yearly. Maybe daily things are your pennies, and monthly or yearly things, your pounds? 😀

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