Friday, December 15, 2006

Goals

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~ Buddha

That quote really has nothing to do with my post today. I just really liked it. Here's the quote for the post today:

Goals are dreams with deadlines. ~ Diana Scharf Hunt

I didn't do a lot of writing yesterday, which was frustrating. I did polish up my short story a bit and hope it'll work. Guess we'll see. Thus far, it hasn't gotten past the query stage, so I may have polished for nothing.

I am working on my writing goals for 2007. I've got them down, but I need to decide if those goals are really the ones I want to work toward for the next year. Do you set goals? And if you do, do you meet them? Do they seem to morph and change as time goes by? I looked back at my goals for 2006, and I only met one out of the eight I had set. That's rather sad.

On the other hand, I'm a firm believer that if you don't set goals, you seldom achieve anything. If you don't have any idea of where you're headed, how can you get there? I suppose you could stumble across success, certainly it has happened to some folks, but it's rare. I prefer to have an end in sight, and to have wayposts along the way.

Too, if you set your goals absurdly high, it can be discouraging, so I try to set small goals that lead to the big tamale, to the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. Baby steps. (Points to the person who can name that movie).

So, I'm off to finish up my goal setting. Anyone else want to share their goals or ideas on setting them?

2 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

I didn't make any goals this year and I finished a book which is more than I've managed in the years I did set goals. So I may be the exception that proves the rule. *g*

On the other hand, it was a major struggle to do it. I never thought I'd say this, but I kind of miss setting goals and doing affirmations, etc. So I'm going to try to do better in 2007.

Anonymous said...

Goals about specific projects... are hard for me. I'm better at keeping to a practice, putting in time. But I'm also not terrifically focused on publication, so I'm probably not a good example for anyone.

--anno