Today, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I just decided to make a change. I decided that every Sunday (or sometimes Monday) I would write down my goals. They would be broken down into Daily, Weekly, and Monthly goals. This week the daily goal was to write more of my novel; the weekly goal was to blog and to start a new blog my sister and I have been talking about. The monthly goals were to finish reading The First Frost, write a query letter for my current children’s book and to write my next children’s book. Of course, the hope is that I encapsulate all the listed goals within the time frame I planned, but if not, at least within the month.
Luckily, these are all measurable goals. If I don’t blog, there won’t be a blog post, etc. These are also goals that I have 100% control over. I noticed that in the past I had goals that involved people other than myself and it made it almost impossible to achieve those goals. There are plenty of dreams that I have that still involve other people, but those things take patience. I also know that if you want to be a writer, you should be writing (and reading) every day. I’ve tried many things to get myself to write every day (remember the 300 Writing Prompts) and somehow none of it stuck. Sure I write emails and text messages everyday, but that’s not the kind of writing I’m talking about. Believe it or not, I don’t pour my heart onto the screen when emailing opposing counsel.
I once had an exercise in one of my classes that asked “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” And then we were asked, “What can you do in five years to help get there?” And then incrementally we were asked the same question about getting there until it was “What can you do today to help get there?” I had that exercise in the back of my mind while I was coming up with goals. Big dreams don’t come true over night, so I’m taking baby steps to get there.
And even though I’ve made plenty of plans for my life in the past, and I’ve learned that plans don’t always work out, somehow I still keep making them. I don’t know if this will help me achieve anything, but I think it’s a damn good place to start. I keep planning. I keep hoping. I keep dreaming.