It is March, those goals, hopes and plans we declared at the start of this year may be waning. Perhaps they petered out by the end of January. Or slowed down during the month of February.
Here we are at the start of March. I admit it has been hit or miss for my goals thus far. Some I have concentrated on more as others fell to the wayside. But it’s not too late.
January first is not the only day for.a fresh start. Make today your day to go after your goals, dreams and hopes.
Achieving a goal is hard work. It can be exhausting, frustrating and disheartening when the results don’t show immediately.
Results come from your persistence. Putting into the hard work and being consistent will change that.
You can do this. You will do this.
In just a months time will begin Nanowrimo,(National November Writing Month). A chance to write your own story! This takes place during the month of November.
Thirty one days to let go and let your story come to life. You can join a community of writers both online and in real life. Which I highly encourage as it helps to motivate. Seek out local write ups, follow the hashtags #Nanowrimo #nano on Twitter.
It is a month to finally write that first draft that has been waiting to come out. The story you have been waiting to write. Use this month to prepare, plot and think. November first will begin the mad dash of an entire month of writing!
I have participated in years past and while I never “won” (meaning you have a word count of 65,000 to 80,000 word count) . But it did push me.
I learned how to push through those hard days. Close up plot holes .To look at the bigger picture of my story
Gain confidence in my skills.
At the end what you will have is a full first draft, ready for you to work over. Please do not send off your Nanowrimo draft to publishers. It will need polish. And research which agents to send your novel off to. Again Twitter is a great tool for this.
Due to my schedule this year, I will not be able to participate this year. But during this month I will use my Mid Week Motivator posts to give tips and encourage those of you who choose to participate.
Dream chasing is not for the faint of heart. There is no movie montage that speeds through your journey. Your dream may take twists and turns you did not for see. You may need to hit the pause button at times because life intervenes.
The days that are hard and frustrating are the foundation of your dreams. Getting through them motivates you to continue onward. You will be faced with learning about yourself, where you excel and where you do not.
Lean into all that. Learn and grow. Adapt to what may come change the original plan. Pursue your dreams. Keep on keeping on.
I am. I do. I try.
I am a dreamer.
I am a doer.
I am going to try my best.
Credit Mua Loa Photography
Starting this blog just over two years ago, my goal was to tell my story of weight loss. Beginning over at Blogger and later moving over here at WordPress a year ago. Later this year I will make the move to my own home on the web.
Often it can feel as if my words are being sent out into a void. After all, my blog is rather small and the interwebs is so vast. I also don’t push my posts onto my fb friends, and refrain from asking them to read it.
I don’t get a lot of comments (but I have slowly gathered likes and follows here. Thank you!). So its easy for me to forget that my words are having an impact. People are reading it. This was brought home to me the other day.
A friend surprised me by complimenting my writing skills. As well as a post from earlier that week.
It was enough encouragement for me to continue on with writing this blog and other stuff.
It just goes to show you never know when you are having an impact. Your hard work is being seen. If it isn’t now, it will be.
You just never know.
Any day can be the first day! You decide when to begin a new journey, whether if its your health, pursuing a dream or taking care of business. Mid week, mid month or midyear. It’s your beginning, your dream. Are you ready? Go start something!
I know, it is weeks away. Trust me, those weeks will fly by! Before we know it will be News Year Eve. What do you want to do differently this coming year? What dreams, hopes or goals do you have? You don not need to have all the answers or any of the answers right now. However, you should consider these questions in the next few weeks as we prepare to say goodbye to this year.
Maybe you do know what it is you want from your life, want you want to change and it is scaring the crap out of you. This is normal. This is fine. Look fear in the face and pursue your dreams!
I always knew I wanted to tell stories. I loved books from the moment I learned to read. The attraction of television and movies was always the story. Deep down I knew I found what I was meant to do with my life. But I allowed Fear to hold me back.
Recently I have taken steps towards my dream of writing for a living. It has been exciting and scary. This means I have put myself out there. There is so much I do not know or yet understand. I am sure to make a few mistakes along way. I would like to think that if I waited until I was sure of every detail and knew every aspect of the business that everything would go perfect. If I did that then I would never get started. I could allow fear to hold me back as it has in the past.
All I know, truly know is that writing is what I was made to do. Everything else that I need to learn I will. Hopefully I am at a place in my life where I am not as stubborn and hardheaded enough to learn. To take those mistakes I will make ( and I am sure I will make plenty!) into positives. I am setting myself up for rejection. Yep. I went there. I know it will hurt and there will be times when I am discouraged but as long as I keep getting back up and send out my work that is all that matters.
Now I have my business cards in hand, and a list of to do’s that seem to keep growing by the minute! I also have support from friends and family who believe in me. Who may be concerned about my ability to support myself doing this but also know me enough that writing is the only thing for me. I’m staring fear in the face and telling it go home. This is my time and whether this endeavor blows up in my face or leads to a life long career I can say I tried. The dream of seeing my name on the cover of a book or on a byline is that much closer to becoming a reality.
Are you ready to tell fear to go home? What is your dream?
I had some goals for this month. The biggest one was to read through my novel and begin the process of querying. I breezed through the first part of the my manuscript and then coming onto the second part I hit upon several delays. First was discovering that I had misplaced a few chapters in my organizing a few weeks back. This meant that chapters that I had thought were just needing a final polish were in fact needing to be rewritten. Not a fun feeling, especially when I thought this part was already finished. My focus became split when I found I was spending more time on this blog than my manuscript. Then LIFE interrupted my plans. Several things had gone wrong here and as usual I had to step back and evaluate what was going on.
I had to realize that perhaps my heart was not as in the goal of preparing my manuscript for publishing. I do want to publish it but right now my priority is this blog. A lot of my time has gone into writing and improving posts. There were several times when I could have been working on my manuscript and instead just lounged around or did anything but work on it. I did not protect writing time well enough. And did not utilize time that I could have been writing such as those hours before work in the morning.
I also did not factor in all my obligations. At the time I had finished my manuscript, my plate was not nearly as full and so had plenty of time to work as I pleased. While I became fairly disciplined in setting aside two hours five to six hours a week this was no longer the case for me. Living a fuller life these days also means more obligations. All these things are good, having more social, work and ministry obligations are great. It also requires me to plan better.
I had to realize that my goals had changed. This happens. Life changes, our hopes and dreams change. It can be hard to let go or simply allow one goal or dream to sit aside for a moment. I am learning that it is possible to have more than one dream at a time. I want success with this blog and success as a novelist. In that line of thinking I am starting to let go of some of my obligations. This will help to free up the time I need to accomplish these goals. Also be more protective of my writing time by thinking before agreeing to doing this or that. Ultimately my goal is to make my living from my words. I know this will take time and effort, reading books from other dreamers like Jeff Goins and Kristen Lamb.
With this new outlook and focus I hope to be successful at both improving this blog and getting my novel published. It can be done. I just need to take the time to learn, get my words out there and not allow fear or laziness to get in the way.
How have your goals and how to achieve them changed over time?
I have this problem, I doubt anyone else can relate called IMPATIENCE! I get excited about getting something done or doing something and instead of taking the time I should to complete a task I HURRY. It is something I will have to deal with throughout my life and it has gotten better over the years. But recently I dealt with something that showed me it is still very much part of my life.
This past previous week I had some technical issues posting my Mid Week Motivator. I was attempting to link to a previous post and it was just not working. The problem I realized was not the technology but me. I was hurrying to get something done and in doing so the job was short shifted. I could not wait to post so instead of waiting to do so after work that day I posted from my phone ( which I admit while it can do a lot is not the best kind of phone.) Once it was posted I did not have patience to wait for the preview to upload and instead just posted. Which lead to me having to delete the post from my Twitter and Face book accounts.
I was anxious to post and was being lazy about getting it done. I did not want to have to change my afternoon plans in order to do so. In doing so I paid the consequence of being impatient. Over and over in my life I have encountered this and still have not learned my lesson. Sometimes taking the slow road is the best road. In doing this in a hurry I failed to present a good post for you dear readers. Freaking out over how terrible this looked on the outside did not help matters. How can I look professional when a post like that goes up?!
It also showed me I have a lot to learn about Word press and doing something as simple as linking a post. In every sense I failed this past week. That is just fine. Failing is part of life. In failing it is a chance to step back ( you can see this is something I advocate often!) and take in what went wrong. It showed me how much I need to learn and to find the resources to do so. It can be easy to get overwhelmed in starting something new from a career move to working out. No one ever achieves their dream with out failing first, how else does anyone learn?
You know what? That is OK. You have to start somewhere and the key to anything essentially to keep moving forward. ( Again something else you will often hear me write about.) It would be easy to just give up after this week’s experience. To walk away from posting anything every again. In the past when I have run into problems in trying something I would just give up. However, I just can no longer do that to myself. One of the best things I learned on this journey is facing the failure can be tough but is worth it. There is much to learn from a bad posting experience or even a bad run.
If you are in the middle of your weight loss journey and you are having a bad week or a bad workout, step back and think about what went wrong. Are you jumping ahead of your skill level? How has your diet and sleep schedule been. Have you been working out consistently?
Some questions I am asking myself are, what do I need to learn about Word Press. What are some of the best resources for me to seek out to learn. That is what makes a failure an opportunity. If I do not use this moment to learn only then is it truly a failure. You know what else I learned? The world did not end with this failure! My blog was not taken away from nor was I banned from ever posting again. I will fail I hope more often and in spectacular fashion. How else will my dreams ever come true?
Have any of you out there failed lately? What have you learned or are still learning from this experience?