It’s one of my favorite times of year. Not because Santa brought me my wish list… Not because I love driving on sleet and freezing rain. Not even because I’m a snow skier.
It’s GOAL setting time.
Wait, did I hear a collective groan? Everyone doesn’t love setting and meeting a goal?
I’ve never met a goal I didn’t like. I’m the girl who given the requirements for an “A” in a college course, completed all the steps with two weeks to spare. (And caused the professor to not lower the expectations for the rest of the class.)
At my day job, I’ve passed all twelve of the educational courses (with a mini bump in pay each time - total carrot!) and even took a grueling ten-course class in truck engines, bodies, and mechanics. (Believe me, passing the course didn’t come easy. More like reading a foreign language.)
Why am I telling you all this? It’s not to brag. I know the New Kids Readers could care less than I can figure the maximum weight a cab over truck can carry (depending on the tires). It’s because I jump. Feet first without looking. Without checking the depth of the water below or evaluate if I’ll be successful. And that’s what you have to do when you’re setting your goals.
Dream big or go home. Stretch your comfort level. Imagine what could be if you tried.
That being said -- don’t be stupid. Keep your goals on things you CAN control. I’ve read so many goals this last week from writers that focus on things they can’t control. Like “Get an agent.” Or “Publish two manuscripts.” I guess the last one is within my control IF I want to self-publish, but it’s a stretch even then.
Now, I can submit my manuscripts to every publishing house in the country this year. That’s a lofty, but achievable goal. But it’s not my goal.
Now that we’ve talked about what a goal should look like, here are a few of mine for 2011.
Goal #1: Attend conferences to network, learn craft, and pitch projects.
Goal #2: Enter four contests with new material
Goal #3: Submit rejected manuscripts to new markets within a month of rejection
Goal #4: Write and finish full-length manuscripts (I have five planned. Crazy, I know.)
I think all four of these are controllable. And may lead me to the result I want. To be published in full-length format in 2011. Or have a contract to be published. If not 2011, maybe 2012.
So what goal have you set for 2011? Are they within your control?
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