Wow, I can’t believe this is my last post for 2018. Where did the time go? Usually I write a list of my goals for the new year and what I want to accomplish, but I didn’t want to do that this time. Instead, I wanted to encourage you, my reader. Maybe your 2018 didn’t go as you planned. It’s okay, mine didn’t exactly go the way I planned writing wise either. Life just got in the way.
Happy New Year: Goals and Beyond.
I wanted to publish my first novel this year, it didn’t happen. I started writing it about two years ago and life got in the way. In the last few months I have started working on it again and am determined to finish it. It will be the first book in my new family saga series and I’m very excited. I wanted to publish another children’s book this year too. This one is a stand alone and not part of my Boys Will Be Boys series. It didn’t happen either.
It’s okay, some really good things did happen this year though. I merged my two web sites into a more streamlined platform and added some new topics to my blog. I took an amazing class on how to write a book. New opportunities to sell and market my books next year have also been brought to my attention. I didn’t accomplish all my goals this year and that’s okay. Some years are just like that.
Set Your New Year’s Goals.
We all have weeks, months or sometimes years where we don’t accomplish as much as we want. Does this mean we quit? No way! Thankfully, goals can be measured and recalibrated, tracked in small baby steps of progress to keep us moving forward. We can surround ourselves with supportive people to encourage us and keep us on track.
I encourage you to set goals for next year and not to be afraid of them. Goals keep us moving forward, no matter how long it takes. If you have been disappointed in your progress so far, these tips my help you in the future.
Tips for setting goals:
- If you have a big list of goals, pick only 2 or 3 you want to accomplish in a year.
- Write out your big why. This is the reason you want to accomplish this goal in the first place. This is like your mission statement and will keep you going when things get tough.
- Break things down into small bites, step by step.
- Dreams are goals without a date. Make sure you have a solid date of completion for all your goals. Or at least the first few steps. For example, if you’re writing a book you may want to have your research done by February, your rough draft done by June and your cover done by July, etc.)
- Choose one or two people that you trust and will encourage you to pursue your goal. Having friends to cheer you on is important, but being your own cheerleader is just as important.
- Remember, you only fail if you don’t try in the first place. You will have snags and things that go wrong, this is part of achieving a goal. As I have heard a lot of successful people say, fail and fail often. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
No matter what you are pursuing this year, weather it’s writing your first book or a new book, starting a blog, learning how to market your book or anything else, I’m right behind you. I’m cheering you on and am here to help you in any way I can. If I can’t answer a question, I will find someone who can. 2019 is going to be great, so charge fearlessly into the new year my fellow writers. Together, we’ve got this!