Well, enough about me, specifically; let’s take a look at how we all, as authors, can profit from knowing our goals and following through on them.
Whether you write your goals down or not (and maybe I should write some specific goals down) ;- ) … you should always have them in your mindset so that you can continually be working to fulfill those dreams and goals for your writing career. Start by listing your immediate goals; those goals for today, this week, this month and the next few months. Maybe you haven’t started a website yet or you have one but would like to improve on it. We should always be improving on our online presence. It’s all about providing content that people want and will keep coming back for more. We all have something to say…just hone your skills and let your voice be heard in a daily or weekly blog.
After you figure out what you can do for the immediate future in regard to goal planning, decide on your short-term goals; those are for six months to a year from now. Are you working on a manuscript right now? When do you think you’ll be finished writing it? Do you have plans on how to locate the best publisher for your needs? Have you figured out how to find the right publisher who will take that second and third glance at your work and give you the contract that you desire? Maybe you’ve already sealed the deal and have a book coming out in six months. Do you have a marketing plan? How’s your online presence going for you right now?
Okay, so now you need to start thinking about the long-term goals; those goals that are going to take you to next year and the following two or three years. Where do you see yourself next year? Will you have that contract for your current WIP? Will your newly released book be making its way up the best seller lists? You need to decide today how you will get to the future that you want.
Of course, no one can foresee the future, but you can help yourself along in achieving your goals and dreams if you utilize careful planning and make goals and figure out how you can implement a step by step plan to get the job done. Also, think about a backup plan. The world is not always fair, so make sure that you learn how to make lemonade out of lemons and deal with the blows that come your way, with a smile on your face and a good attitude in your heart.
As a Christian, I entrust my life to God and know that He has a plan for my life. Don’t worry…I’m not going to get all preachy on you now, ;- ) …
Whatever your belief system, you need to first and foremost believe in yourself and know that you can do anything you set your mind to; the problem is that we don’t always do that, myself included. So many times we promise ourselves that we’ll get this project done and work on this WIP and life happens and we don’t get it done and we take two steps backwards from accomplishing our goals as an author.
Make your goal list. Divide the goals up into immediate, short-term and long-term time frames and take one step at a time, but make sure you take the first step or your journey to that best seller list will never begin.