Okay, so I lied. I know I told you in my last post that I wasn’t going to do a post about goals but I kind of changed my mind. I’m going to write a post about smashing your goals for 2019. I will also be sharing some of mine along the way. I guess that most of us have a list a mile long of all the things we want to accomplish this year.
We also probably have the same fear of failure as we have in past years too. Stop. Now. The first thing I want you to get through your head is that you can only fail if you don’t try. If you try, you aren’t failing. Even if you have to try 10, 20, or even 50 times. You aren’t failing. I have heard many successful people say fail and fail often. None of these people have had a straight path to success. Success does not mean that you don’t fail, it means that you learn from your failures and keep trying.
Smashing Your Goals for 2019.
I have failed many times being an independent author. Things like not having a launch and marketing plan, not working on my social media presence, and not offering readers my books in various formats are some of my failures. However, I am changing this. My children’s books are now available for Kindle, in paperback and hardcover and soon to be an audiobook.
I have been working hard on my Instagram, and Facebook pages and I’m working on a launch and marketing strategy for my next book. There are so many things I have learned this past year to help me reach my goals in the New Year. I’m not saying it’s going to be perfect. However, I know that if I keep applying what I’ve learned and keep moving forward, that will make the journey all the sweeter. I keep on learning and moving on.
What are some of my goals for 2019?
- I want to publish the first book in my new clean romance series.
- Publishing a new stand-alone children’s book.
- Growing my email list.
- Planning and implementing a successful book launch.
- Participating in at least three local author/artist events this year.
- Making Brock’s Bad Temper (And The Time Machine) into an audiobook.
- I want my poetry books to also be available in hardcover and audiobook.
- Most importantly, I want to continue growing my relationship with you, my readers, so I can continue to give you value and encouragement on your writing journey.
These are just some of my goals for 2019, although I’m sure I will come up with a few more.
Tips for Smashing Your Goals.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m sure you have a mountain of goals you want to accomplish this year. That’s awesome. You are definitely on your way to achieving everything you want to achieve. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to lose weight, write a book, improve your journey as an author, get in shape or whatever else, you’ve got this.
I applaud you, and I’m cheering for you all the way. Still, setting goals can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you break things down into smaller bites, so you don’t get overwhelmed.
- Write out your goals.
- Write out your ‘big why”. This is extremely important. This is what will keep you going when things get rough. It can be anything from being healthier so you can play with your kids, accomplishing a lifelong dream, or starting a charitable project to change lives. Make it as detailed as possible and put emotion into it.
- Set a date for each goal. You may want to divide your year into four quarters and pick three goals for each quarter.
- Write out all the action steps needed to meet each goal.
More Tips for Reaching Your Goals.
5. Break those steps down into what you need to accomplish each day, week, and month to achieve your goal. I would leave a week for breathing room because life happens, and sometimes steps take longer than we anticipate. (For example, revisions on a book cover or polishing the formatting for a manuscript.)
6. Buy a planner and write down what you need to do each day.
7. Surround yourself with a good support system. If you’re a creative, your friends and family will probably not understand your dream. No worries. There are plenty of Facebook groups that are full of people that will support you and your goals. One to check out is Jon Acuff’s 30 Days Of Hustle.
8. Decide on rewards-big and small. Hit your word count or have a spike in followers? Get a coffee, smoothie, or something else you enjoy. Sell a ton of copies of your book or book a month of clients? Time to go out to dinner and celebrate. Remember, every little bit of progress counts-no matter how big or small. Celebrate everything.
Put a plan in place to crush your goals in 2019. Don’t let the big picture intimidate you, eat that elephant one bite at a time. I’m cheering for you all the way. What are some of your goals for the new year? I would love to encourage you on your journey. Please leave a comment and let me know.