Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Here I am, sitting on my couch, typing this blog post about setting goals. Bob’s Burger’s is on TV, my toddler is asleep in her crib. And I have a headache. It’s been a long day, to say the least. A long day of working to accomplish day one goals.

Last night, I read a book by Brian Tracy called “Personal Success”. The book focuses on managing both your personal and professional lives, respectively. It’s filled with exercises at the end of each chapter to reflect on the chapter before prior to starting the next chapter or “phase”, as I like to call it. One of the exercises was about learning how to set realistic goals with realistic timelines or deadlines, as it were. Avoiding shortcuts was the emphasis of most of the content of the book. Instead, address what you can really focus on that has the biggest impacts on your immediate life rather than, say, five or ten years from now. It all adds up to what happens in five or ten years of course but it’s all about the baby steps.

So last night I took it upon myself to write out a list of goals I wanted to accomplish today, goals I want to accomplish by next week, next month, and lastly by this time next year. In all honesty, it was harder than I thought it was going to be. I thought it so obvious what I can realistically do and not do – what i truly want and don’t want.

Yeah, incredibly not the case.

It’s easy to sit here and daydream about all the things we want tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year. Harder to put to paper and accept what we need to do to get there. For instance, I originally wrote that I would write a 500-word blog post by the end of tonight. A few words ago I passed 300 words. I mention 300 words because I just went back to my goal list and changed it to 300 instead. Perhaps 300 words is a little bit more realistic tonight than 500 words.

(350 Words Above)

Let’s try and hit 500 words tonight, yeah?

In one of my recent posts, I talked about the #PitMad concept. It’s a wonderful concept if you haven’t checked it out yet. The first event of the new year is on March 4th, 2021 and I am elated! Well, maybe I shouldn’t feel so elated right now – not just because I have this damn headache. I still have not completed a full manuscript, even for a children’s book, much less a picture book. One of my goals is to pitch a completed manuscript this March 4th in hopes to have an agent or publishing house “like” or favorite the pitch on Twitter.

Are you participating in #PitMad this year? Let me know in the comments section.

I do have a few pieces here and there that I’d like to finish up but not sure if i’ll have even one completely polished by the first event of the year.

(507 words)

Looks like I’ve met my word count tonight after all, and within an allotted hour this time (20 mins).

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