A-Z – Goals

We all have goals

This may seem obvious, but we all have goals. For those of us who are writers, it’s no difference. I know one of my goals is to make an income from my writing and books.

If I’m completely honest, that goal seems really, really far away!

Back when I ran my business, we were told by a number of different people that it was great to set huge goals, but then, to make them more achievable, we needed to break them down into bite size pieces.

With my big goal of making an income from my books, my goals may be along the lines of:

  • Publish a new book every year
  • Write x number of new manuscripts every year
  • Participate in the Chapter Book Challenge
  • and so on…

All of us will have different goals. Some of you may simply want to publish a single book, others may want to publish a new book every few months. The great thing is that there is no right or wrong. We are all different.

The one thing that is the same is setting goals. One of the best things I remember learning is about SMART goals. These are:

  • Specific – there’s no point in saying “I want to publish books”, how many do you want to publish?
  • Measurable – by saying I want to publish x books in a year, this is a measurable goal. At the end of the year I will be able to look back and see how many books published
  • Achievable –  I know that a single book a year is doable, however saying I want to publish a new book every term is not as I have a day job and kids to run after. Whatever your goal, have it stretch you, but not be so far out of reach you can’t possibly achieve it
  • Realistic – this is similar to achievable. For example, I know that participating in the Chapter Book Challenge is realistic, but NaNoWriMo is not, simply because of the time I have for writing
  • Time-based – set a time for your goal, for example a book every year. This will give you a deadline as well as a point you can look back and see what your goals are.

In the lead up to New Year, a lot of people are looking at their goals for 2017, and I am no different. Whatever your goals, make them SMART ones, so you can look back and the end of the year and see how much you have achieved.

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