Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Daily Goals

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers. Today it’s daily goals.

All people need goals! Without set goals, we drift like leaves on a river. We hand control of our life over to circumstances and other people. “Where there is not vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18

Writers often set a big goal of ‘getting published.’ But often the journey is long and it’s easy to grow discouraged. Success is built by taking small steps. We must build upon small successes.

Have you written down your goals? Do you even know what specific dreams you want to achieve? Hitting an unknown target is next to impossible!

Try this exercise:

Take ten minutes and write down every goal, dream, and desire. Brainstorm! Remember when you were a child and nothing was impossible.

Select a couple items that are more than wants and needs - they are burning desires. Don’t worry about the HOW - just make a decision that it’s something you “gots to have” as they say in the South.

AFTER you’ve selected your big goals, start setting smaller goals (daily, weekly, monthly) that will help you reach the big goals.

The final step? TAKE ACTION! You can set goals all day long, but if you do nothing, nothing will happen. Start with those daily goals and move forward.

Have you set your daily goals?

26 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Great tips! Sometimes, yes, we do just have to take baby steps, otherwise it becomes overwhelming! :o)

Jessica @ The Alliterative Allomporph

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful tips to get people achieve even the smallest goals.

Yvonne.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I love these tips! And they really work, too. Setting (and resetting) goals is an integral part of my happiness and sense of success.

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

I never thought of setting daily writing goals. It's a bit gentler than a to do list I think. This will be helpful

Tamara Narayan said...

Hmmm, I should be working on my query and researching the political scene of pre-civil war America for the next book. But I can't stop surfin' the blogs!

Laura Marcella said...

Yup, I write down my goals. Writing it down makes it seem less overwhelming. I think, I can do this!

Stephen Tremp said...

I have two huge daily goals I've been putting off. But today I attack them head on! Thanks for the inspiration.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jessica, it does overwhelm. And people who are overwhlemed do nothing.

Sylvia, time to set some.

Stephen, go get 'em!

Karen Walker said...

You are sooo good, Diane.
Karen

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I haven't done this exercise in a long time...and it's always really effective when I do it. Thanks for the reminder, Diane!

Nate Wilson said...

These are excellent tips. Unfortunately, my two main goals are in direct opposition with each other:
1) Finish my novel.
2) Procrastinate.

Margo Kelly said...

I love goals. Thanks - great post.

Grammy said...

hi, my goals are just to get up in the morning and have some enjoyment from life, and to do good when and where I can. I love to read, write, play, and I thank God for the ability to do all of the above, plus the saving of my soul. Sometimes I even make a list and check off things as I accomplish them. Thanks for the inspirational post. Ruby

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Nate, that's ambitious.

Grammy, those are great goals.

Tony Eldridge said...

Diane, great tip! You have been a catalyst for me to look more closely at your A-Z Challenge and see how I can improve my success. Thanks to you, I am motivated to tackle this challenge!

Clarissa Draper said...

I don't focus too much on the long term goals. I love daily goals. Great post.

Holly Ruggiero said...

I do have both long and short term. I focus on the short term.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane .. we certainly all need to get them written out and achieve our daily ones .. leading to success in the long term.

Thanks for the reminder .. cheers Hilary

Susanne Drazic said...

GREAT tips! Thanks!

Nicole Mc said...

I like this exercise...I'm going to do it. I think setting goals is huge for me.

Donea Lee said...

This is a great idea! I try to plan ahead for the things I really want to do (like that month-long European tour I'll take in a few years!), but I'm crap with the little things... :) However, it was my goal today to visit back all the great bloggers who visited my blog today, so I'm off to a good start!

The Words Crafter said...

Huh, what a great idea! I don't know if I can remember all the way back to my childhood dreams. I wanted kittens. Got 'em. I wanted to teach. Doing it. Be an olympic ice skater. Well, that's not going to happen!

Mine were much simpler. Hmmmm, I feel a blog post forming. Need to go jot the idea down.

Fantastic, and thanks for the ideas!

Jingle said...

love daily goals,
it sounds like a strategy plan,


well done on D.
Divine D!

Rachel Morgan said...

A great reminder! Makes me think of this quote I read a few months ago that goes something like this: "The most important thing about goals is having one."

Lynn said...

I have done goals but must remember to keep looking at them. I shall make that a goal today!

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I tend to set myself small goals every now and again (I like making to do lists). So long as there's some kind of plan (even if you don't really stick to it) gives a hell of a lot of focus.