Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields all set goals. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and the short-term motivation to keep going. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of the time you have. Unless you set time aside for writing, it most likely will not happen. There are a plethora of more ‘important’ tasks that will whisk you away.
When you set short, clearly-defined smaller goals as a part of your larger goal, you can take pride in what you’ve achieved and see a forward progression in writing your book. A paragraph written is still a paragraph you didn’t have before, and a paragraph is a part of your future book. You’ll become more confident, quicker, gain more competence, gain skills that you didn’t have before and you will end up completing that book.
Setting Writing Goals
There a number of levels you will first need to look at. You first gaol can’t be – write my book. That’s too big a scale. You need to reduce it to achievable, bite sized chunks, then smaller and smaller chucks until you feel it is something you can achieve every day (or when you are able to set allocated time aside.)
Then, when you have devised your plan, you simply set about achieving it, doing what you said you were going to do.
Often, when you look at a big picture, it’s hard to see how you’re going to achieve much of anything. That’s why I suggest reducing tasks to bite sized chunks. That way, you’ll highlight what you don’t know, what you need to know, and learn that little bit, or that seek that glimmer of information to enable you to achieve that site sized chunk.
Chip by chip, the pyramid gets build.
Write Your Goals Down
You want to write, right?
Writing down your goals is a very important step to writing your book. The simple act of writing is bringing what’s in your mind into the physical world. It makes them tangible. You can pin them on the fridge, turn them into your screen saver, blue-tack them to your bathroom mirror. Anything, so that you can look at them every day.
I find this a very important task. I’m not a brain surgeon. Not even close. (I don’t even like watching shows where they show you operations – Erk.) But I know the brain works in mysterious ways.
Your brain likes to work.
Simply writing your goal down, makes you think about it. Consciously and subconsciously. Ever had one of those a-ha moments in the shower, when you have that clarity of thought that provided you with an answer that had alluded you? Or you remembered where you put that thing? Or that you had to get that food item from the supermarket for dinner? That’s your subconscious working.
Setting goals work the same way. Looking at your goals will get your brain working until you get an answer, or can find a way to tackle a bigger problem. That’s the subconscious brain working.
Also, seeing your goals every day brings them into a ‘top of mind’ profile. I’m a marketer and that’s a marketing phrase meaning that if you advertise anything long enough, when people want to buy that thing, they remember your product. Car advertising does with well. Who cares that we see the latest Nissan commercial a thousand times, right? In fact, we see it so many times we don’t take any notice of it, true? However, what Nissan hopes for is that they’ve gotten into your brain on a subconscious level, that when you find in that two or three times in your life when you need to buy a car, suddenly you think that Nissan is a good choice. (I’m not advocating Nissan. It’s just an example.)
Now, a new car is a big investment. No doubt. But so are your goals. These are things that will shape your life in the way that you want to shape it. To do the things in your life that you want to do and achieve and experience. Your life is the biggest purchase you’re likely to make. Shouldn’t you advertise your goals to yourself? Aren’t they more important than purchasing a car?
By writing down your goals, you also make yourself accountable. You want to do that. It’s how you end up achieving them. Writing your goals is an action. One of many that will enable you to action every task you need to do to achieve that goal. If you don’t write down your goals, there’s nothing to build on.
You want to tick that box at the end of the day. You want to see all those ticks at the end of the week. You want to see how much your book has grown in a month of ticks.
"A goal properly set is halfway reached." -- Abraham Lincoln