At the beginning of every new year I sit down and write out some goals for myself — things I want to accomplish, things I think I need to do. Most of the time they get forgotten, but a couple of years ago I came up with this list of writing goals. I keep a copy of it taped to the wall beside my desk as a daily reminder of what I hope to accomplish as a writer.
Have I managed yet to double my income as a writer? No. In fact, I’ve made no income as a writer, but I don’t let it get me down. I have, however, stuck to my goal to write for at least one hour everyday (most days) and I have written quite a bit of work that if I would develop a back bone I could submit.
No matter how much I write, though, there’s still this nasty little voice inside me that says: they won’t like it, they won’t buy it, they won’t read it — why would anyone want to read THAT? I tell it to shut-up and leave me alone, but like all bullies, it’s pretty persistent.
Still, though, I keep trying. I’ve had successes in the past, and I’ll have successes again – it’s just about developing my confidence and refusing to give up.
More than anything I use this list of goals to remind myself that I have to keep trying in order to keep growing. It’s also helpful whenever I start listening to that little voice as though it’s telling the truth, to weigh what I have accomplished against what it’s telling me I haven’t. Pursuing goals is tough, hard work and it’s tempting sometimes to want to give in to that little voice that’s telling you you’re wasting time. Having a visual reminder of what’s important and why has been a huge help to me.
This little list could be adapted for any goal. Feel free to ‘borrow’ it and make it your own if it’s something you feel can help you achieve yours.
Wishing you much success in whatever you pursue.
Writing Goals for 2010
- I am going to become a successful writer this year.
- I am going to be making enough money writing that I will double my income.
- I am going to do what I’ve always wanted to do, and what I was born to do – write.
- My focus will be short stories and personal essays.
- I will target magazines and on-line publications that publish these forms of writing.
- I will publish my children’s book and write another one.
- I will spend at least one hour every day writing, but more when I can manage it.
- I will make whatever personal sacrifices I must to achieve the above goal.
- I will make writing my main priority, second only to family, in my life. Work and school will become third and fourth.
- I am a writer and I am successful.