The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible.
Goal setting is much more than simply saying you want something to happen.
Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why you want it the first place, your odds of success are considerably reduced.
Your goal must be clear and well defined.
Big goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction if you never set it right.
Remember, you need goals to show you the way.
For this reason, you must make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
Some goals are motivating while some are not.
To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it’s valuable and important to you.
How do you do that?
You ask yourself…
“If I were to share my goal with other people, what would I tell them to win their hearts that it was a worthwhile goal?”
You can use this motivating statement to help you when you lose confidence in your ability to actually make the goals become a reality.
Some people are not yet clear of what their priorities are.
Don’t fail to set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life.
If you lose the focus, you can end up with far too many goals i.e. leaving you too little time to devote to each one and crush them.
For you to meet that goal. You must be committed enough.
Q: Why should you be committed?
A: For you to be able to maximize well the opportunities and expand your capacity for exploits.
It is about you honing the mindset of “I must do this” attitude.
You feel like a failure when you don’t eat that frog!
If you fail to show the mindset of I must do this now, you risk putting off what you need to do to make the goal a reality.
Definitely, this, in turn, leaves you feeling disappointed, frustrated and flabbergasted with yourself, which is emotion harming.
Not being able to stick to the schedule has left many with the destructive thought “I can’t be successful at anything” and this is a dangerous frame of mind.
You may have wandered in lots of ways to simply set a writing goal strategy that works.
Don’t worry my friend. You are blessed to be here and as soon as you follow me, you will learn the exact goal setting strategy that has worked for me which I used to write my first book – The World Is Too Big To Think Small.
1. List your writing goals
As you know and I do, one goal isn’t good enough. Because, some goals take longer to meet than others – and if you spend years working toward only one goal, you’re likely to get discouraged when it doesn’t happen right away.
If it is a book you are writing, what is the list of books you want to publish for a living?
How many books, though?
Don’t fail to be specific as you write (and, you may do the editing later. Before editing comes, write!)
Be as specific as possible.
In your writing, including details such as when your books will be published, where they will be published, the impact the book will make, how much money you’ll make, and so on.
As you go on and do this, you may learn as the power of the practice that you need to be committed and consistent.
You will discover that you need to keep your goals somewhere you can check them often. It may be on your book writing-table if you have one.
2. Define your writing goal
While you are done listing your writing goals, defining them is the next thing to do.
One of the interesting things we have been given as humans is the never full wish to have dreams of becoming better in life and the ability to show and set goals to live out those dreams.
As people, we can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families.
It is not always about others but we, how we feel as humans and the way the society perceives us.
We set goals of better financial, emotional, spiritual or physical lives.
We have the amazing ability to not only dream, but pursue those dreams—and not just pursue them, but the cognitive ability to lay out a plan and strategies to achieve those dreams.
What are your dreams and writing goals?
This isn’t what you already have or what you have done, but what you want which is on the list.
Yeah, the list you made earlier!
Have you ever really sat down and thought through your writing values to define clearly what you really want?
Have you ever taken the time meditating, to see what dreams live within you and to listen quietly to your heart?
To define your goals right, you must stick to the fact that your goals are specific, measurable and can be achieved with time.
Set smaller goals and work them out in their own time. A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make “real” or a “reality” in our lives.
3. Implement your writing goals
A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it.
If you who wrote it can’t implement it, it is simply not it.
By implementation, you should have learned the smart writing strategy that wins customers.
As we move on, take a moment to think about you, your writing and your readers.
What do you hope to experience and accomplish as a writer?
In what ways do you want to improve your mental and physical state?
What ugly habits do you want to drop? What relationships patterns do you want to construct and make better? What writing skills do you want and need to learn?
Answer the above-mentioned questions will help you discover and implements what works for you.
During this time you will feel like quitting. And, things may not turn out the way you want it.
This time you may want to experience what is called Opposing Virtue.
On a normal scale, it would obviously be killing to dash the hopes of children that grow up wanting to be doctors, engineers, singers, and artists, even when it is clear that the likelihood of success is extremely low.
But as writers, when should we give up on our “dreams” and switch to something that will bring us more success?
Maybe even more challenging: when should we give up on building good businesses and relationships or courses of action that are causing a lot of pain?
The word virtue is defined as a quality that is morally good or desirable in a person.
Every culture has a set of these, and in the Nigeria, we could say that “completing what you started” or “never quitting on something” would be on that list.
Quitting because you are no longer passionate about WRITING is usually easier than quitting something you care about that isn’t working.
If writing the two books you care is not working, the two mistakes you can make is either quitting too soon or too late.
When things get difficult in writing, blogging or learning a new skill, it is important to increase your effort and get help to improve it.
Don’t fail to learn what works for you and stick to it.
If you use the three methods above, I would still recommend starting with an outline before you start your book.
This will ensure that you have a solid plan for your book and that you stay on track as you write. And, one of the easy ways to write books is using an organized anthology.
An anthology is a collection of short stories from various authors. In this case, you would only need to write an introduction, conclusion and possibly one or more of the chapters.
Have you used any writing goal strategy before to write your books? How do your organize your book: chapters, pages, quotes before you start writing? Do you use an already existing template to plan your book?