“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Mark Batterson
We all want to know how to be successful, right? (<====Click To Tweet)
One way we can do this is to write down what will make us successful-write down our goals. At the beginning of the year we all make New Year’s resolutions and promise ourselves–This year will be different! Somehow two weeks later all the resolutions on our list become guilt-inducing afterthoughts.
Unlike resolutions, goals give us something to work towards over time.
Goals can be broken down into small specific steps, so that each day we can work toward achieving them.
According to Michael Hyatt, “Writing down your goals has proven to be a very effective strategy in accomplishing your goals.”
If I were to write down my writing goals for the next year it would probably look something like this:
- Write every day for 15 minutes to develop the habit and increase my skills.
- Seek out at least 3 places to submit an article for possible publication each month.
- Take a writing course (Compel) and continue with my critique group to improve my writing each week.
“Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant’s into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don’t just think it–ink it.”(Unknown)
The physical act of writing down my goals and seeing them in achievable actions steps gives me forward momentum.
When I think of an idea in it’s BIG picture format-or what I think it will look like in the end, I get overwhelmed. Then I procrastinate because I’m not really sure where to begin.
But taking this approach to breaking them down destroys the seed of procrastination.
In addition to writing down my goals I also set some boundaries for myself:
- No social media until I’ve written for 15 minutes a day, either in my journal or a blog post.
- Set “work hours.” I have the morning portion of my day set aside to work on writing. This is the time when I feel most fresh and ready to tackle my agenda.
- Have accountability. I don’t know about you but I’m the type of person who NEEDS accountability. It’s good to have someone ask me, “have you written anything today?” It gets my booty in the chair to start working on my craft.
“Hard work always pays off…” (Proverbs 14:23)
These boundaries ensure that I will carve out the time to work on the goals that I have written down. If achieving my goals is important then I will make time to work on them.(<====Click To Tweet)
I hope this gave you some inspiration to sit down today and write down your own goals.
If you sat down to write three goals for yourself to accomplish by the end of the year, what would they be? Would you share them with us?
Shared by: Alecia Simersky