Sunday, April 29, 2012

There Are Goals, And Then There Are Goals!

Most of you reading this blog have writing projects going on all the time – often multiple projects (articles, blogs, site updates, e-books, books – you name it, we write it!). Part of making all of this writing a bit easier is having a map for how we are going to address each project. This map, for me, anyway, consists of a series of goals that, when all met, create the article, blog, update, e-book or book that I need to get out.

It’s easy to write down a bunch of goals – throw enough stuff against the wall, some of it is bound to stick! Workable goals, goals that move us on to the next goal – that is a bit more difficult. However, if we break it down into parts, we can do it without having a breakdown.

The first thing that we need to realize about goals is that to be effective, we need to be able to measure them in some way, they need to have some value, and they need to actually be a grade or two above New Year’s resolutions, in that they need to be achievable.

How can we measure our goals? They need to have a beginning, middle, and end. We need to be able to visualize them, and take realistic action to achieve them. Writing a blog is a vague goal – writing a blog on creating a bible for your book, or how to make best use of social media, is a goal that will have a beginning, middle, and end, with actions that can be taken.

Writing a number one best seller is a goal, but is it a realistic one? Writing a book that follows a storyline, has believable characters, and holds the attention of the intended audience – that is a realistic, attainable goal. If along the way it also becomes a number one best seller – Kudos!

Now we move into meaningful territory. What may seem to be meaningful really isn’t if it doesn’t in some way move your project forward. Also – please make sure that your goals are your goals, and not someone else’s idea of what you should be doing.

Long term goals, short term goals … these are the stuff of life! Put your focus and intent here, and your dreams will manifest in ways that you could never have imagined!

© April 2012 Bonnie Cehovet


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