Wisdom Wednesday: Setting Goals

Alice: But I just wanted to ask you which way I wanted to go.

Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you want to get to.

Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter.

Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

I’ve always believed in setting goals. Most every inspirational book I read encourages doing so, however, sometimes the goal I set is so broad there are no specific details on how I’m going to reach my destination. It’s like saying I’m going to Illinois and simply getting in my car and driving without a GPS. I’d probably get there eventually but with my sense of direction it could take a long, long, time! For example, I have a goal of going to the gym at least four times a week. I have no plan once I get to the gym. Some days I’ll run. Other days I’ll lift weights. Basically, I’m just happy I’m there and I do whatever exercise I feel like on that day. As a result, I’m not nearly as fit as I could be if I had a plan.

The same goes for my writing. I’ve begun work on the second MYSTIC without setting a deadline for when it will be finished. Big mistake. Already, I’m looking back to January when MYSTIC was published and frustrated with myself for not having more of book two completed. Had I set a goal in January I know I’d be further along by now. Not setting goals give the illusion of freedom. You are free to live each day and take what comes. It’s just that when you look back at the previous month of your life there’s a really good chance that what you wanted to accomplish on the first of the month is still on an endless to-do list in your thoughts by the end of the month.

Step One: Decide which direction you’re going to take.

Step Two: Create a specific plan of action for reaching your destination. Write it down and tape it to your wall or your desk. Keep it visible.

Step Three: Go!

Don’t forget to congratulate yourself along the way. If you have any goals you’d like to share I’d love to hear from you. Start a conversation here or on Facebook. If you want to set a reading goal let me help you get started…

Announcement! MYSTIC will be free for the Kindle on April 5th! MYSTIC can be found on Amazon in many countries. Germany, France, UK, CA, ES and JP!

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