You're Setting Your Goals All Wrong -- And How to Do It Right!
Last week I made some changes in my life to devote myself more to PieceWorx. It's a big change and, to be honest, I've been a bit overwhelmed.
I have big goals for PieceWorx. First and foremost I want to use technology to serve writers. But more specifically, that means improving PieceWorx Writing Studio, building a new and better blog platform for writers and providing valuable information and encouragement on the PieceWorx blog.
Yeah, all that. It's a mouthful. And all of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into that is, well, overwhelming to say the least. There are lots of decisions to make and what if I make the wrong ones?
If you are a human being (and I'm pretty sure you are) then chances are good that you have felt this way about writing. Getting a novel to the finish line or setting up a blog takes a lot of work--the kind that hurts your head.
If you haven't already, you will become overwhelmed at some point.
Keep The Streak Alive
Last night as I browsed my Facebook feed a common theme emerged and it was just what I needed. Here it is:
If you want to succeed, stop thinking about the end result or the quality of the result. Instead focus on creating a streak and keeping it alive.
What does this mean? It means consistency is more important to your success than quality--by far.
Don't set a goal of writing a novel, set a goal of writing something every day. It doesn't matter how much you write, just write something.
Don't set a goal of losing twenty pounds by running, set a goal of posting a selfie of yourself running every day. It doesn't even matter how far you go or how fast.
In short, lower your standards.
Sacrifice quality for consistency.
You Don't Have to Be the Kid With Your Hand Stuck in the Cookie Jar
Chasing dreams can be a lot like the kid with his hand in the cookie jar. When you focus on the goal of getting lots of cookies, you will invariably grab so many that you can't get your hand out of the jar.
Instead focus only on putting your hand in the cookie jar and taking it out once every day. That may sound silly and you may start out retrieving no cookies at all, but eventually through the magic of your problem solving brain you start to learn how cookies and jars work.
In the beginning, it may seem pointless, you may feel like you're getting no return for your effort. It doesn't matter, just keep the streak alive.
There is magic in consistency. Anything you do for even fifteen minutes a day, you will get better at.
THIS is the secret to becoming a better writer, to becoming a published writer, to finding happiness and fulfillment in your work.
Fortunately, making consistency your goal rather than output or quality can also be more fun and less stressful!
How to be a Writing God
Learn more about the magic of consistency from Beth Dunn who illustrates it better than I ever could.