Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Goals: Beginning a New Cycle

Goals = Growth
I'm reblogging this post, which I shared with Dariel Raye on her blog, Musings of an Independent Artist. Click the link to visit her blog, where there is a giveaway, and info on goals by a dozen other writers.
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Dariel asked me, "On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate the attainment of your writing goals in 2012? Did you have goals? What will you change for 2013?"
My answer: Looking back, I set five specific goals for 2012, and met only one of them. However, I give myself a 5. I met the first because I made it a top priority and worked at it daily. I set aside the second goal for other priorities. I abandoned the third and fourth because I found better plans to follow. I completely forgot about the fifth one because I didn't go over my goals periodically, the way I have in previous years. I won't make that mistake in 2013. I set a new set of objectives for 2013 back in December 2012, and have already accomplished two of them. I am tweaking the list, and will be adding back the item I had forgotten. 
2013 is shaping up to be a successful year for me as a writer, a person, and as a wife, mother, and grandmother. For example, my husband and I are working through a workbook by Dr. Gary Chapman called The Five Love Languages, and together, we're reading Life Code: New Rules for Winning in the Real World by Dr. Phil McGraw. Both of these are making a difference in our personal and professional relationships. 
I have short stories scheduled in two anthologies so far, and expect to complete a long awaited sequel. I'm excited by the future I see. 
Okay, shoe on the other foot. What are some of your goals this year?

6 comments:

  1. I am trying, maybe too hard, to get a partial ready for submission. Had it critiqued by 3 people pretty much the same message from all of them but I can't see it. I do but I don't sigh.

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    1. Way to go! When you get critiques, if one person out of three hits on something -- that's just their opinion. If all three say the same thing -- best to listen. Good luck with the story. Keep going, and don't let anyone steal your dream.

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  2. I am writing 10 short stories and will publish them this year. I have one published. One with an editor and working on the third one. http://sharonleejohnson.com I will write- publish-promote 10 stories and at the end of the year I will combine them and make one book Me VS Zombies www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ

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    1. You've come a long way Sharon. Many people don't get this far. Don't stop! ^_^

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  3. I did well last year. My goals were to get an agent and a contract. I did both, as well as start to build a platform. My goals this year are to write two books by June, continue building my platform and get my publisher to offer me a print contract.

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    1. Good job, Ella. Having specific, measurable goals makes a big difference. "Succeed" sounds great, but how would you know you'd done it? You've listed concrete steps to take. Perfect.

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