Monday, December 29, 2014

Failing at Goals...or Not

Sometimes I wonder: "Why do I even BOTHER making new year resolutions? I'm probably going to fail after week three--if not before!" While this might be true, I still think it's important to try. But "resolution" is too heavy a word for me, so I'm just calling them...

"New Year's Goals"

But why is it important to have goals?

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
- Tony Robbins

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

-Albert Einstein

And how do we achieve goals when we've failed so many times before?

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't 

adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. 


If something's not working out the way you want it to, and you continue approaching it from the same angle and in the same way, of course you're going to keep failing.

So, vary your steps. If your goal last year was to write 1,000 words a day, but you only lasted for a week, look at your approach. 

Q: Did you get distracted by the Internet? 
A: Well, this time UNPLUG IT! 

Q: Were you undisciplined in your writing time? 
A: Then set aside a certain time when you know you won't be interrupted, get rid of all distractions, and see what else you can do differently.

Some great free software for writers with distraction issues is FocusWriter.


MY New Year's Goals:

1. Finish revisions on Scotch (a novella for--le gasp!--grown-ups)

2. Finish revisions on The Disorderlies

3. Finish writing draft one of Things Heard in a Graveyard (also for an older crowd)

4. Finish writing draft one of Murder in the Afternoon (yet another for those who are no longer kids)

5. Write two KILLER query letters ;-)

8. Write two TO-DIE-FOR synopses

What about YOU? What are your goals for 2015, and how do you plan to reach them?

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