Something I am most proud of is how I took the initiative to make my writer’s life a reality. Once I’d decided I wanted to pursue my dreams, I knew I needed to put in the work and get it done. No one was going to do it for me. And once I’d decided, I had to make a plan with actionable steps. This is the first step to setting realistic goals.
Knowing your end goal is great, but if you don’t know how to get there, it doesn’t do you much good. It’s easy to say, ‘I want to publish a book this year,’ but if you don’t have stops along the way, it’s likely you won’t do it. Having actionable steps is great for a number or reasons; lay out the path to take and plan your tasks accordingly.
Goal: Publish a Book this year (indie route)
Steps: Write the book, edit the book (multiple times), hire outside editors, utilize beta readers, format the book, get a cover design, write the blurb, upload files, finalize proof copies, and publish!
With the list of steps (that can be added to along the way as needed) you can break down the tasks over time and set goals. If you know you need to write the book, break down the work into weekly or daily amounts to get the book written by a certain time.
In this way, I’m able to plan each book release well ahead of time and have monthly goals. This year, I’m publishing four books. I know how long each part of the process takes and have it broken down into chunks, so each month I write a certain amount of words and edit a certain amount of pages.
My point is, when you want to achieve something, make sure you understand the steps in order to get to the end so you can break it down and take it one day at a time. The big goal can be overwhelming. And if you’re too overwhelmed, it’s easy to decide to do nothing instead of something.
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