By Cindy Patterson
I’ve been thinking about Goal Setting and how it could change the success of many aspects of our life. Especially writing.
But where do you start?
Where do you WANT to see yourself tomorrow, in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years?
The biggest challenge in setting goals is Fear Of Failure. What if it doesn’t work? What if no one likes my books? What if I’m still in the same place I am today 5 years from now? And the biggest one I face …. What will people think of me if I fail?
But the better questions we should ask ourselves is … What can it hurt to try? What if we do succeed?
I’ve always considered myself a positive thinker, but positive thinking is not going to get me the results I’m looking for.
When it comes to stepping out of my comfort zone and really seeing myself something other than what I am today, it scares the life out of me. Do I want to succeed? Yes! Am I scared I’ll fail? Absolutely!
The first thing we have to do is seek God’s will for our lives. Without Him as the center, things will be disastrous, even if you do succeed.
With goal setting, it’s better to start with small reasonable goals that are possible to achieve. Our large goals should seem unattainable at first.
Write them down. Every day. You may think this is a waste of time, but it’s not. Goals don’t just give us something to aim for, it gives us something to become. When you become what you desire, you will have what you desire.
I know what I want. I can visualize it.
And that’s the very thing that will help us succeed. Visualization is something we use self consciously. Anything we can clearly picture in our mind, we can accomplish. Visualize yourself reaching your goal whatever it may be and you’re half way to success.
Today, I’m making a decision to push this fear of failure to the back corners of my mind and throwing caution to the wind. I’m going to go after this thing with all I’ve got.
The worst thing that could happen if I try …
I can’t think of anything any worse that what I’m doing now. Which is very little to almost nothing. So why am I going to sit back and waste time dreaming about something I want so badly, when I can put all my effort into it and start seeing positive results.
Will it be easy?
Probably not. But neither was writing a book and I’ve written three. But I couldn’t have done it without the help of my heavenly Father.
Hearing my readers tell me how much they loved my stories, how they can’t put my books down, how they can’t wait to read another one … Is a huge success. 🙂
So why in the world would I want to stop there?
I’m not. And to get this started, I’m going to share some of my attainable goals.
- Edit one chapter a week.
- Write one hour a day.
- Give out 5 bookmarks a week. How will anyone know I’m a writer if I don’t tell them? 😉
Will you join me on this ride to success? I can’t wait to share our stories of victory with each other.
I’d love to hear your short term goals?
Thank you for stopping by.
Cindy Patterson is the author of the Paradise Series, Chasing Paradise and Broken Butterfly, Gold and Bronze winners of Reader’s Favorite Book Awards. She believes in life changing fiction and happily ever afters that start with Jesus. She loves to connect with her readers and you can find her at cindypattersonbks.com.