Monday, April 14, 2014

An Easier Way to Achieve Your Goals

Jenny Hansen wrote an interesting article titled:  Is Fear Freezing Up Your Creativity? In the article she discussed a strategy she's used to abandon her fears and work toward her monthly goals. She concluded the article by asking a series of questions. But one stood out for me: How do you approach your goals?

I use to make a long list of goals. I even added a fun goal at the end to help with motivation--something like eat chocolate. But nothing worked. Lists were usually abandoned, half finished. Well, I chided myself. But all that did was make me feel bad. 

My overall goal was to build my author career. I knew what I needed to do to work towards this goal. I was doing it, everyday. But the lists didn't reflect this. Clearly something had to change.

2014 dawned and, with help from my friend Laurie Buchanan (of Tuesdays with Laurie), I fell into a brand new plan. This year I choose one word to summarize my goal. That word was 'keep'--as in I will keep writing; keep submitting; keep working on revisions; keep learning the writing craft; keep building community. 'Keep'--that one word is so easy to focus on. Motivated, I now do at least one thing everyday to work toward my goal. At the end of the day, I use a journal to document my progress this helps to keep me on track and motivates me to build on my daily successes.

Sharing my Author journey:

On March 25th I received an email from Room.
They wrote 'We'll be launching [37.1 Fashion, Trend and Personal Style edited by Taryn Hubbard & Nailah King] at Cottage Bistro, located at 4468 Main Street in Vancouver on April 17 alongside EVENT, Poetry is Dead and PRISM International. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and will feature a reader from each of the four magazines. Hope to see you there.'
And I will be there.
-Attending this event will motivate me to continue to work on my career
-I have and will continue to submit to many of these magazines so I'm interested in learning more about them
-Attending this event gives me practice in networking
-Attending this event presents me with an opportunity to promote this blog
Guest post Friday:  Interview with author Alexandra Bogdanovic