Welcome to goal setting!
As an internationally certified Goal Achievement Coach, I think it's safe to say that goals are one of my many passions. Do you want to know why?
Here are a few reasons:
- Goals help to build habits that help you live a better life.
- Goals give you a strong idea for what you really desire.
- Goals give you insight to what you think your self-worth is.
- The process of goal setting and goal achievement creates scientifically proven neurological pathways in your brain that physically changes the way your brain reacts - for the better! (I can talk Neuroplasticity and Neurolinguistic Programming all day!)
Those are four pretty loaded reasons, and I think it's safe to say that this Happy Writer in Chief does NOT take goal setting as anything except a powerful vehicle and tool for creating your own path.
On your left, you're going to find a link for the Goal Setting Workbook. Download this - quickly. I don't want to waste any time in helping you set up your future!
You'll notice my pages focus on SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. That sounds pretty good in the scheme of setting goals, doesn't it?
Here's how I want you to approach your goals:
- If your goal gives you anxiety, makes you feel like it's impossible, or doesn't create an immediate sense of urgency, toss it out. Move on to something smaller and work up to your big goal. My big goal is written on a piece of paper and taped behind my computer monitor. I use it for inspiration, but I focus on my micro-goals.
- To work on goals is an exercise in psychology - you must be willing to open yourself up to the possibility of achievement. Start every day with an assessment of what you can do TODAY to get one step closer, in addition to staying on your master plan.
- Make sure your goal is SPECIFIC (S). Your goal isn't to be a best-seller, your goal is to write an 88,000 high-fantasy young adult novel by March 15, 2018. Your goal is to book 15 events in your hometown. Your goal is to sell 150 copies of your book by obtaining 25 blog reviews and 10 interviews. Your goal is to start your blog by February 1, 2018. Your goal is to rebrand your website by January 27.
- Make sure your goal is MEASURABLE (M). Your goal should have a clear line for achievement. If you cannot define whether or not you have achieved your goal, you need to redefine your outcome.
- Make sure your goal is ATTAINABLE (A). With no time, and no budget, you won't be on the NYT list tomorrow. Sorry, I wish I could say this was possible. BUT, you could be selling 2 books a day on Amazon, or you could be in 10 libraries, or you could be interviewed for your local newspaper. Make sure your goal matches what you are capable of doing now - each goal you achieve NOW will increase what you can do, and therefore, move you towards the large, glittery, goal achievement ball of glory.
- Make sure your goal is RELEVANT (R). Does this goal even apply to your wants, needs, and dreams? You'd be surprised how many times people tell me they want to write a book, but their goal is to learn how to bake bread. Seriously.
- Make sure your goal is TIMELY (T). Your stretch goal can be as big and bad as you want it to be, but your daily/weekly/monthly goals need to be obtainable. Is the timeline you are giving yourself realistic, AND, does it promote continued work on your goal?