Writer Friend Kaye posted her recap of 2008 writing goals and accomplishments on her blog today, and it got me thinking of goals.
Last year, I had NO writing goals. I’d just finished my first book, I had NO idea what I was doing, I was in the middle of a major work crisis and had no time to think about what to do with my writing.
This year, I’m still busy, but I’ve learned so much over the last year that I’m finally ready to put my goals on paper for next year.
Goals scare me. Okay, maybe not scare me, but they are HARD! I have to have goals at work every year that I want to accomplish, and I’m always fearful of not doing so. Inevitably something always comes up on interfere and then I feel like a failure for not meeting them. Very irritating!
As a rule, I like my goals to be ‘reasonable’ or attainable. I want them to be within my grasp so I can easily meet them and beat them. But at the same point, shouldn’t we be shooting for the moon, reaching for the stars? If we set a low goal, are we destined to only achieve mediocrity?
So my question for today in preparation for “New Year Resolutions” or “Annual Writing Goals” is: How do you go about setting goals for yourself? Do you set a ‘pie in the sky’ goal or do you set small reasonable goals? Or do you do both?
On New Year’s Eve, I’ll be posting MY 2009 goals. I’d love to hear opinions to help me in my goal making!!